Hello Ladies! I am now officially a member of the team so that I could post here. My sister, Alicemb, asked me to post to answer some questions that she couldn't answer regarding tracking items.
First off, let me say that my sister is the one who turned me on to rebounding. When I visited her recently, we live in different states, I was simply amazed at the progress she has made with muscle toning and defination and all her results were from the rebounding which she uses exclusively for her exercise. She has been a great inspiration to me and keeps me motivated. I also must admit that there is some sibling competition between us as well.
As for the pain issues, I have never experienced the foot pain, however, I definately have experienced the abdominal pain. I could definately tell that I was using those abdominal muscles. If you think your abdominal pain is from lack of support while you lose your belly, you may want to try a pair of shapewear undergarments (the new term for a girdle)to wear while rebounding. This will help hold everything in and should minimize the bouncing. I believe that you can pick these up pretty inexpensively if you watch sales and I even think that Wal-Mart carries a brand.
Like my sister I also experienced the upper back pain. Taking her advice, I do move my arms around while jumping and that seems to help with that problem.
As for the tracking, I track this exercise manually in Sparkpeople. To do this, go to the My Fitness page and click on Add Cardio. From this screen there is an option in the upper left corner of the box with lettering in red that states "Manually Enter Calories Burned". Click on this link and it will bring up a new dialog box for you to type in a description, ever so original I used Rebounding, and there is a box for the number of minutes and the number of calories. Populate these boxes and make sure that you click the box to the lower left that says "Add to my favorites" and click save. This will track your exercise and will add it to your favorites for tracking in the future.
Through much research, Alice and I discovered that the calorie burn for an aerobic bounce as she described is similar to jumping rope. I also found a thread here on Sparkpeople through a Google search that provided the following formula to determine your calorie burn:
Weight X .0643 = Rebounding Burn Rebounding Burn X # of minutes = calorie burn
This formula is very close to the jumping rope calculations here on Spark and other fitness web sites. If you are not yet at an aerobic bounce I would track as a brisk walk.
I hope this information was helpful. Happy rebounding!
One of the main problems (well, not really a problem), is that there are so many things you can do on a rebounder. That makes it very difficult to track as exercise. Rebounding is listed here under "trampolining," but the calorie burn is very low. I think Spark assumes maybe a gentle bounce, where your feet don't even leave the mat, which is the equivalent of a brisk walk.
But, you can "jog," you can jump, or you can do a lot of other things on the rebounder, as well.
I do an aerobic strength jump, so my feet leave the mat a minimum of three inches every time I jump. According to a book that came with my rebounder, this is basically the same exercise as jumping rope (my doctor confirmed this), and the calorie burn is equivalent, so I use jumping rope as my guide.
According to some literature I received with my rebounder, 6 minutes of "rebounding" is the equivalent of jogging one mile, so you can also use that benchmark to track it. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure the book is talking about some sort of jogging in place action, or jumping/bouncing, but they really don't specify.
If you go to the Beginning Rebounder thread (I think, but it may be one of the others, though) there's a discussion of the calorie burn. I'll also ask my sister, who rebounds too, and is better at tracking stuff here on Spark than I am, if she will join the team and post. She may be able to answer your question better than I can.
Fitness Minutes: (61,432) Posts: 2,963 7/1/08 3:34 P
Thanks so much for the tips Alice. I've been wearing shoes so I'll see what happens with bare feet. I have one more question - how do you track rebounding on this site? I know it should be cardio. What do you do?
I consider myself to be a pretty accomplished rebounder, although by no means an expert, so please keep that in mind as I try to answer your questions.
First, Chocsundae, although I never experienced foot pain, I know that others have. I did, however, experience ankle pain when I wore shoes while rebounding. I discovered the shoes were encouraging me to lock my ankles and not flex my foot. When I went back to rebounding in bare feet, the pain went away. Others have experienced pain when rebounding in bare feet because they aren't getting enough support. So, I guess my advice is if you are rebounding while wearing shoes, try going bare foot. If you are rebounding barefoot, try wearing shoes. It's kind of a trial and error process.
Hello to you, too, Singingfatlady! I strongly suspect your abdominal pain is caused because you are now using muscles that you haven't used in a long time, and they are decidedly unhappy about it! Rebounding really strengthens and tones those ab muscles! I was amazed and ecstatic when I started developing muscle definition in my abdomen without even trying. I don't quite have the "six pack" yet, but I do have a solid "four pack," and am well on my way to a six pack.
I know it can be tough to power through the pain, but I can't encourage you enough to keep going! I experienced severe upper back pain in the beginning, and almost threw in the towel. I'm so glad I didn't! The changes in my body have been miraculous. Although I didn't have much weight to lose, I lost it quickly and fairly effortlessly when I started rebounding. More importantly, my blood pressure has dropped like a rock, and my entire body is firmer and more toned. My overall body fat percentage has also dropped dramatically. If you stick with it, you won't be sorry.
Fitness Minutes: (61,432) Posts: 2,963 6/27/08 9:20 A
Ironic that I need support in such a literal way, though! What I mean is that when I'm using my rebounder, I sometimes have pain in my belly. It's muscle pain, and it's probably just because the belly is still so big that it bounces and stretches the skin uncomfortably. I am regretting having thrown away the "belly band" that I used when I was pregnant!
Have any other super-large bouncing beauties had this problem? How did you deal with it?
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