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Hi! Because I am getting older (60) and my knees were acting up, not to mention its cold out, I decided to get a rebounder. BTW I hate treadmills.  Supposedly rebounding gives the same benefits as real running. Wrong. I can bounce and run on the spot for a long time  and barely break a sweat or get my breathing rate up. Am I doing something wrong?

You aren't wrong. I've personally never gotten enough out of a rebounder...a full size tramp perhaps, but the rebounder doesn't help with cardiovascular work. Now the gravity pull? I'm not sure....

I would like to recommend something to help the knees. Be sure to stretch your hamstrings in the back of your legs and up into your butt. You can do this seated too by crossing one ankle into the opposite knee and leaning forward. Then just straighten your leg and extend it in front of you and lean forward. Careful not to lock your knee out. Keep it slightly bent. I also like to lean on a kitchen counter and keep the legs sort of straight to get the backs of those legs.  In this cold weather I recommend we try to stretch for health! It's good too.

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