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Jogging has long been known as a highly effective exercise for weight loss and maintaining overall physical fitness. It may be surprising to learn that rebounding, or exercising on a mini-trampoline, is also a highly effective method of exercise. While both rebounding and jogging will help you reach your fitness goals, the two forms of exercise have differing effects on the body and on the budget.
Rebounding and jogging both provide a number of health benefits, such as boosting mood, strengthening muscles and decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease. Jump Sport explains that the major difference between rebounding and jogging is that rebounding produces a weightlessness at the top of each jump, followed by a landing with double the amount of force of gravity. This forceful impact stimulates every muscle in the body, improving circulation in the lymphatic system, increasing the production of red blood cells and slowing down the body's aging process.
Both rebounding and jogging are high calorie burners, with rebounding burning a handful more calories per minute than jogging. According to Jump Sport, a 150-pound woman burns 82 calories rebounding for 12 minutes and 71 calories jogging at 5 mph for 12 minutes. This calculates to 410 calories burned in 60 minutes and 355 calories burned in 60 minutes, respectively.
Anyone who jogs can attest to the exercise's tendency to cause joint and muscle pain. Jogging most often causes injuries to the knees, shins, ankles and feet, according to Better Health. Pulled muscles, blisters and shin splints plague both indoor and outdoor joggers, who are also susceptible to sunburns and potential falls. Rebounding generally leads to fewer injuries since there is virtually no impact on the body, but can lead to injury when done improperly. Jumping too high under a low ceiling can cause head injuries, and loss of balance while jumping can lead to falls. Some rebounders come with a stability bar to help prevent falls.
The best-selling rebounders sold by Amazon.com are priced from less than $100 to about $600. Rebounding is done either with athletic shoes or bare feet, so depending on your preference you might have no additional cost. If you chose to wear athletic shoes on your rebounder, they will last a long time since rebounding will cause very little wear to them. As for jogging, shoes need to be replaced every few months if you jog regularly. Treadmill joggers may go through shoes less quickly, but must factor in the cost of the treadmill, which easily goes for more than $1,000, or the cost of a gym membership. Outdoor joggers have the cost of various types of workout gear for jogging during all seasons.