Regular Aerobic Exercise
Most of us know that stress isn’t just a burden, it can be a killer, with side effects ranging from headaches, insomnia, and weight gain to mental health and physical problems, including heart attacks, strokes and heart diseases. With a busy lifestyle, and little time or energy left over for taking care of ourselves, managing stress can be a stressful job in itself. Fortunately, there are healthy ways to cope with stress, exercise being one of the best.
According to the Harvard Medical School, “Regular aerobic exercise...has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.”
Overcoming Stress with the bellicon
One of the pleasant side-effects of exercising on the bellicon is that the mere act of bouncing up and down on our trampoline provides immediate relaxation, physical as well as emotional. There is something naturally calming about the act of bouncing. Whether, as some suggest, it’s an unconscious association with our pre-natal movement or being rocked in our cradle, or whether it’s just so pleasantly different from our normal, daily movements, there is something very relaxing about the act of bouncing.
Not only does the motion tend to clear your head of stressful thoughts, but the automatic tension and relaxation of the muscles improves your blood flow, increasing the oxygen content in your body and contributing to your sense of well-being. Bouncing on the bellicon will loosen your muscles, lubricate your joints, and give your entire body a gentle, healthy means of draining away the pressures of your day.
A bellicon workout also brings emotional relief through the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters that your body releases during exercise. Endorphins are natural “mood boosters” that make you feel more peaceful, centered, and help to counter the effects of stress and anxiety.
“The root cause of stress is emotional…but stress control can — and should — also involve the body…physical fitness will help promote mental fitness.” *
Small Steps can make a Big Difference
The causes of stress (overwork, changes in your environment, physical or emotional trauma, etc.) and the results of stress (depression, lack of sleep, eating disorders, unhealthy weight gain or loss, etc.) can make it very difficult to find the time or the energy for exercise.
For those using the bellicon, it helps to remember that just a little bit of time bouncing each day can make a big difference. For that reason, we encourage our customers keep their bellicons in plain sight, if possible, which helps them to remember to grab a few minutes of healthful, relaxing exercise in the midst their day.
It also doesn’t matter what your present fitness level is: the anti-stress, burnout relieving effects don’t require a heavy workout. At bellicon, we actually spend a lot of time and energy reminding our customers not to overdo it. Gently “health bouncing,” as we call it, will produce wonderful benefits, including relaxation, making the anti-stress effects available to everyone.
“Even if you're downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.”
Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise-and-stress/SR00036)
Further Benefits of the "bellicon less stress" program
Regular workouts on the bellicon will reduce your physical stress by improving your overall health, but it will also help in some ways that you might not guess, like improving your mental performance.
The American Heart Association notes that, “Your mental acuity and memory can be improved with physical activity,” and that “regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger. You may not only notice a "feel good sensation" immediately following your physical activity, but most people also note an improvement in general well-being over time.”
Regular rebounding will also help to set better sleep patterns, aid in digestion, and stimulate the lymphatic system to remove toxins from your body, all of which helps to keep you healthier and feeling better, further reducing stress.
bellicon takes the stress out of stress management
Combined with the calming effect of bouncing on the bellicon, you’ll know that you are simultaneously improving the health of your entire body. Which should also give you some well-deserved peace of mind. Give yourself just a few minutes a day on a bellicon and let our rebounder soak up your stress, leaving you refreshed, renewed and ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow.