I cannot say for absolutely certain, but it does seem that way! And… Jai and I are willing to find out!
Our Bellicon arrived on January 7, while on home-time. We were staying at MammaBear and PappaBear’s. Since that day, Jai and I have been jumping for joy on a daily basis! 🙂
Why We Got A Bellicon…
For the truck. For a way to exercise that really works.
We’ve tried bungee bands, stretchy bands, walking, jump rope. The problem with everything thus far has been the limitations of it. You can’t exercise every part of our body using a jump rope or stretchy bands or anything else we’ve tried.
A rebounder on the other hand? EVERY muscle in your body is exercised during the simplicity of a bounce. We’ll get into the why’s and wherefore’s of how that’s possible in future posts.
What We Have Experienced So Far On The Bellicon
Here’s our first overview of what we’ve each experienced so far, from bouncing on the Bellicon at least once per day, for 10 minutes.
To be frank, anything over 5 minutes feels so good you don’t want to get off!
There is, quite literally, such a pleasurable feeling of happiness that sweeps over you while rebounding, that it’s nearly impossible to get off. This “happy feeling” can be a not-so-good thing in the beginning, because you don’t want to overdo it at first.
Remember that EVERY muscle in your body gets exercised while rebounding and overdoing it right off the bat can make you a little sore. That aside…
The first very noticeable difference was my face and especially around my eyes.
That “tired”, hooded-lid look that had become prevalent in the morning, and sometimes lasted throughout a great part of the day, has disappeared. The difference is profound.
No more baggy eyelids and dark circles… they’re gone. Yay!
A general feeling of well-being, which includes a remarkable sense of happiness mentioned just above. The “feel good” after rebounding lasts for hours and the best part is it benefits you and everyone around you.
Once we went back to work and were back in the truck my reason for getting the Bellicon in the first place proved true… rebounding is the perfect solution for mid-shift fatigue. A few minutes on the Bellicon and is better than a nap!
I have bounced in:
- Rest Areas
- Rest Area bathrooms
- scenic overlooks
- truck stop bathrooms
- truck stop parking lots
- Walmart parking lots and…
- anywhere else we can find 39″ to put up the Bellicon! 🙂
My feet and calves are strengthening at lightning speed. As the “girl with the skinny legs” since being a little girl, it’s GREAT to see my calves growing, producing a more pleasing look overall for my legs. Another very yummy side-effect of rebounding.
For the feet, this one is subtle but wonderful.
My feet don’t hurt.
The arch is also getting higher as my feet strengthen and making me more sure-footed.
The shippers we visit, all across the country, sometimes have dirt or gravel dock yards. It’s great to be more sure-footed in these locations. Not to mention the holes, dips and rises in the pavement at many fueling islands and truck parking areas . Strong feet and ankles make a major difference. It’s like building your body, starting with the foundation and working up from there.
Jai Has Seen Major Changes Too
Jai has also noticed major changes in his face; bags going away under his eyes with a more open look to the lids. The skin under his chin tightening markedly. Muscle growth in his neck.
If calves are my “skinny part”, Jai’s is his nick. This is quickly changing. Truly remarkable to watch.
Jai has also experienced noticeable growth in his chest, shoulders and arms from doing the simple pressing and pulling exercises with his hands while jumping.
Jai is bouncing 10-12 minutes each day using exercises included on the DVD that comes with the Bellicon.
The Best Thing About Rebounding So Far…
It isn’t necessary to bounce hard. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the mat to experience the changes noted above.
Since I have a more delicate neck, having been injured several times in car accidents etc., I have taken a slower approach. For the first 5 or 6 minutes I don’t even leave the mat. The only reason I do leave the mat by the time I reach the 5 or 6 minute mark is because it feels so good, I can hardly help it. As a result I have had some soreness later. I stretch often. Several times a day to keep muscle ashiness to a minimum.
As I build up, the soreness is lessening day-by-day. Each time I bounce, I feel stronger.
Unlike other rebounders (and we have purchased several well-made and excellent rebounders over the years), I have noticed with the Bellicon, I have not had complications with my neck, back and joints. As much I wanted to rebound with the spring-type rebounders, I simply had to stop (or cut down to the point it did m e no good), due to neck pain… not so with the Bellicon. This is a HUGE thing for me. I cannot say enough about this point!
A Record of Success!
We plan to continue to keep a record of the changes we experience as these things often slip away over time, as the changes become permanent and part of everyday life. I want to keep a record for myself so I can remember where I came from…
…and sharing it with you will hopefully benefit us both!
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