For years and years and years I always thought that the way to supreme fitness was through running long distances for days upon end until the weight fell off and you would magically get fit. I admired long distance runners such as Ryan Hall who was the fastest American marathoner alive. However as I became older and wiser I began to learn that running was not the panacea that I had once thought it was and that there are many different (and safer) ways to lose weight, become fit, and stay healthy all at the same time. This fact was reinforced when Ryan Hall announced his retirement from running due to his injuries that were severely impacting his quality of life.
Now I realize that the vast majority of us are not going to take on the training regime that someone like Ryan Hall endured everyday during his professional career. I also understand that the argument to run much shorter distances versus being a couch potato all day does have valid points but if there are cheap and fun alternatives to running that do not put such severe stress on the joints and knees then why take the chance? You could go to the gym and spend hundreds or dollars a year on a membership that you will probably never fully use. You could also spends thousands of dollars on home gym equipment that will most likely just sit there and gather dust or become a temporary hangar for your dirty clothes as it waits to go into your laundry room. OR, you could consider bringing in a rebounder or rebound training into your fitness regime which could accomplish a number of goals and avoid many of the high impact injuries that runners are concerned about.
For the average runner, going out for 30 minutes to engage in that exercise will burn roughly 105 calories if you weigh around 150 pounds. But surprisingly that same 150 pound athlete can burn over 210 calories in that same 30 minute timeframe if using the average rebounder. Rebounding also activates lymphatic circulation which helps purge the the body from impurities and assists the immune system activity more quickly. Furthermore, using a rebounder is much less traumatic on the joints and bones versus high impact exercises such as running which can easily cause stress and strain to both.
Many times when people get involved with running it is because they want a low cost alternative to having a gym membership and being able to engage in an exercise program that can be accomplished almost anywhere. And while it is true that running is a very economical way to get fit there are costs. And those costs can add up. For instance most running experts and coaches will encourage most people to only put roughly between 300 to 500 miles on a given pair. And lets say you are running 30 miles per week. Well in about 10 weeks you might be in the market for a new pair of shoes and at $100-$200 a pop that can add up after awhile.
Now compare that with buying an average rebounder. Many of the mid line models easily cost the same as a pair of running shoes (some much less) and can be used for years before needing to be replaced. Because of this in the long run we think think the economical way is to go with the rebounder where you can spare your joints, your long term health, and your wallet a lot of unneeded strain and grief.