Treadmills are certainly one of the first things that people think of when considering home exercise equipment, and for good reason- they work well. But what are the differences between a rebounder and a treadmill?
For most people, committing to fitness isn’t easy and that’s why choosing wisely matters. We all want to be sure that we are doing the right thing, having fun, seeing progress and not damaging our bodies in the meantime. If you have an injury or chronic condition, there are other considerations as well.
So let’s look at the differences so that you can make an informed decision:
One very noticeable difference is the fact that Rebounders are pretty easy to store, whereas treadmills are quite bulky and heavy. And even with the (expensive) option of purchasing fold-up treadmills, they definitely don’t get as compact as a rebounder no matter how much you spend. For most people, space is a factor so the fold up and screw-in options on a rebounder are really great.
Getting any form of exercise is good, we’re always happy to hear that people are making the effort. Running and/ or walking are great forms of exercise, improving cardio endurance and stamina.
However as the research shows, if you aim to get the most out of your time and effort- rebounding is leaps and bounds ahead. For example, *when NASA published their first study on the benefits of rebounding, one of their most remarkable findings was that rebounding was better exercise than jogging in every category: reaching target heart rates, maximizing oxygen consumption, and greater use of musculature. They even noted that their test subjects preferred jumping to running and, although jumping burned more energy, the subjects felt it was less fatiguing than running and would extend their workouts when bouncing.
Later studies have shown similar results, confirming that exercise on a mini-trampoline burns more calories than running.
- Joint Health
How many runner friends do you have (or have you heard of) who are dealing with knee and joint problems? Some people are even advised NOT to run because of how hard it is on the body- the constant pounding on your body that happens while jogging and running on a treadmill causes both short and long-term damage.
Rebounding on the other hand is easy on your joints. The action of bouncing and then landing on the mat softly, while at the same time strengthening your body and heart- has a very supportive and safe impact on the joints. If fact we have never heard of a Doctor advising against rebounding the way that so often happens when we look at running. And it’s for this reason that even seniors can use a rebounder with no concerns about fragile bone or joint health. Rebounders are ideal for children, adults and beyond!
As this YouTube video page shows, the various types of exercise that you can perform on a rebounder far exceed that of a treadmill, which only offers ONE type of exercise- running. You can tighten your abs, grow more powerful leg muscles, increase your cardiovascular wellness and more.
- Good for cardiovascular health
- Bulky but can upgrade to folding
- Can only be used for running or walking
- Best for adults (not children or seniors)
- Good for cardio and joint health
- Easy to fold up or tuck away
- Can be used in a variety of ways for both cardio and strength
- Safe and effective for children up to the golden years!
We encourage all forms of safe and effective exercise. However if you want to get the most out of your time and your money, we recommend that you get bounding today!