As a relative newbie to this forum still awaiting definitive diagnosis of GCA I would firstly like to thank Kate Gilbert for her wonderful book. Apart from the shock of “maybe” GCA was the necessity for Prednesolone swiftly followed by Doxazosin to calm the blood pressure. I have long been aware of some side affects of Prednesolone in particular Osteoporosis. I was offered one of the meds to counteract that but I am incredibly sensitive to Aspartame and also to Soy both of which are in one of the meds. My thoughts turned to osteoporosis and I dug into my memory – I am a self-help sort of person anyway and about 20 years ago came across Rebounding – a Rebounder was one of the things for sale when I was selling a load of things. We were shown a Rebounder – a small trampoline type thingy and invited to try. 30 seconds of movement by pressing the toes down – and relaxed body got the very finger tips tingling with increased blood flow. No visuals of leaping around like children or circus performers on trampolines please! The presenter highlighted many health benefits including protection from Osteoporosis so I bought one and a couple of books to go with it. Over the years I have used it on and off but it has been gathering dust for a few now. I well remember when I was playing tennis I always played better with a short session on the rebounder. I no longer have any financial gain in recommending Rebounders.
Dusted off and I have found the books again the more I re-read the more I am on track again. I have an open shed in the garden and will be up there many times a day for short sessions. I had it in the bedroom before but fancied the fresh air for now. NASA uses rebounding to help their Astronauts combat osteoporosis which happens after weightlessness – that seems a good refererence! 30 seconds is the maximum to begin with – building up slowly I intend several – perhaps 5 a day up to 5 mins. I never got to anything I would describe as “energetic” like kids on a trampoline but I know it was good for me. I can't see any contra indications but please check for your own safety. Some rebounders come with a balance bar to make certain you are safe. My balance isn't brilliant but I have a window ledge to hold if necessary. Rebounding helps balance so could save us falls which is brilliant. As with most equipment I would say the best you can afford – I am on my second one and it is softer than the first. There is a wide variety of price range out there and quite a lot of information on the net. The two books I have are by Albert E. Carter – The Miracles of Rebound Exercise (he goes into the physiological reasons it's good for you and is not so easy to find). Also Margaret Hawkins Rebounding for Health. I see other questions have come up on exercise so thought this might be of interest.