My naturopath is on a mission to get me to exercise on a consistent basis. The nerve. Actually, I do respect her tenacity and wish there was a homeopathic remedy for her to give me that would produce some of that same tenacity in me. In the absence of said remedy, I am forced to be ever increasingly mindful of the condition of my body or, as the inspirational Neicy Nash puts it, my jiggly parts.
I hate working out. Not just hate but DETEST. I can’t think of anything less appealing to do with my time and my body. I don’t CARE that Michelle Obama wakes up every morning at 4am to work out as a “gift to herself”. The greatest gift to myself at 4am is to SLEEP. And the thought of incorporating into my day some horrid joint-jarring, profusely-sweating form of physical activity that will only re-emphasize how much more jiggly my body parts have become just makes me cringe. I rank it up there with having to do our (back) taxes and would rather have my fingernails removed one by one.
Having said all that, earlier this week I learned of a form of exercise that might…just might…NOT make me nauseous just thinking about it: REBOUNDING.
Rebounding uses a mini-trampoline to perform a variety of workouts from low-level stretching to high-impact aerobics and everything inbetween (including yoga, core work, kick-boxing, hip-hop, latin, you get the idea). Jumping on a tramp sounds fun, right?
So I ordered me that beginner’s DVD and got started today. Things to note from this rebounding first-timer:
- Rebounding is, as I suspected, easy on the joints.
- Rebounding is, in fact, fun.
- Rebounding is no sissy workout. To the contrary, it is one heck of a challenge. My jiggly parts only lasted 10 minutes on the 20 minute-beginner workout.
- My $2 yard sale find mini-trampoline is insufficient. It uses wide nylon straps, instead of springs, to secure the tarp to the frame. I started to hear nylon-ripping noises within the first 5 minutes so I ordered the official rebounder today.
- Contrary to my initial preconception, the premise of rebounding is NOT jumping up and down but rather PUSHING down onto the trampoline with your legs and inner core. As a result of this technique, my legs were screaming with pain within seconds. I trust this unpleasantry will improve over time. After all, the participants on the workout DVD all look delirously happy. Could happen to me…right?
- After my 10 minutes, my morning tension headache, which was a leftover from the night before, was gone. This is more of a testimony, I think,to the positive effects of exercise in general rather than the method used.
There is an abundance of positive personal testimony about the benefits of the rebounding workout and I’m looking forward to extoling some of my own testimony soon. In the meantime, my jiggly parts and I will continue to rebound. Ga-boing, ga-boing!