ReBounding: Get Your Bounce on!
As you know, your immune system is essential to keeping you healthy. Most of your white blood cells, which are part of your first line of defense against invading micro-organisms, are located in your lymph nodes and travel through your lymphatic system. The speed with which they go after unfriendly interlopers depends on the speed of your lymph-flow. So how do you keep your immune system strong and your lymph free-flowing? Exercise! Body movement is what moves your lymph because your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump system of its own like the cardiovascular system has the heart. Exercise increases lymphatic flow as much as 10 to 30 times more than when you are at rest. It also increases the number of white blood cells themselves—after a single minute of exercise, the number of white blood cells increases two to three times that of normal. Yea!
But as far as the lymphatic system is concerned, it’s better to have several periods of physical activity spread throughout the day, so that it’s getting “pumped” on a regular basis. Rebounding, i.e. using a mini-trampoline, is one of the absolute best activities you can do to support the health of your lymph, and doing it 3 to 5 times a day for 5 to 10 minutes at a time is ideal. Unlike The Five Tibetans and planking, rebounding does require special equipment, but a mini-trampoline is not overly expensive, and you don’t need special clothing or training or much space to use it. And rebounding fulfills what are considered the 3 most important considerations in choosing an exercise:
1- All cells should be exercised – All 75 trillion cells in our body should be exercised, not just an isolated area of the body.
2- Stress on the joints should be minimal – Injury is the biggest problem that keeps people from continuing an exercise program; getting injured is unhealthy because healthy cells are being destroyed and added strain is put onto the immune system to repair the damage. Exercises that put undue stress on the joints (knees, ankles, lower back, shins, etc.) should be avoided.
3- Convenience – If an exercise isn’t convenient to do, then people usually don’t stick with it very long.
Rebounding is one of the few exercises that meets all three of these requirements, and it offers more than its share of other benefits, as well. It helps fight fatigue, strengthens and nourishes the heart, improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, boosts red blood cells, stimulates metabolism, builds strength and muscle tone, enhances digestion and elimination, aids lymphatic circulation, oxygenates the body, and supports detoxification. Wowza! Plus, it can be a fun activity for kids, adults and seniors. As the song lyrics go, “Who could ask for anything more?”
Still not convinced? You will be after you read Eva Xanthopoulos’ top 10 reasons to take up rebounding……
Rebounding Benefits: Top 10 Reasons to Jump like Nobody’s Watching
And all you need is a workout trampoline and your inner child to get started. That’s right. Jumping on one of those things isn’t just for kids. It’s a beneficial activity for children and adults alike, so don’t let that photo above fool you.
But what’s the difference between jumping on trampoline and rebounding? To define rebound exercise… It’s a simple aerobic workout that’s low impact and is normally performed on a rebounder (also known as a mini trampoline). There’s also a methodical way to go about it. You don’t simply jump for the sake of jumping.
Bob and I actually have two small trampolines. One in the office and one in the living room. That’s why I just had to write an article for everybody! This is by far one of the most energizing and entertaining ways to work out.
Anyway, the top 10 trampoline benefits are listed below:
1. Lymphatic Drainage Thanks to The Force… The G-Force!
This buoyant up-and-down motion utilizes the amplified G-force from gravity which means that each and every cell in your body needs to respond to the speeding-up and the slowing-down.
And it’s that very act that makes your lymphatic system happy seeing as the body moves in a vertical direction and the entire system itself runs in the same direction.
Not to mention that increased G-force equals increased lymphocyte activity, which brings me to #2:
2. Detoxifying AND Immune Boostifying
The lymph system is a transporter of countless immune cells, thus making it your immune function’s number one supporter. Getting rid of all that invisible-to-the-naked-eye gunk helps your immune system function at full capacity.
3. Happy Bones and Joints. No Impact Damage Here!
Gravity is the primary reason why rebounding works so well. But what does lack of gravity do? Well, for one thing, it causes bone density loss. Luckily, we don’t live in some space station orbiting earth, but it’s definitely something NASA has to consider.
In fact, they have astronauts rebound in order to regain bone density. Furthermore, NASA conducted a study back in 1980 that ended up supporting this so-called rebounding “magic.” Their finding? It most definitely helps re-mineralize bones.
And there’s no way I could hit the publish button if I didn’t mention how joint-friendly this wonderful exercise really is. And it all has to do with the elasticity and low-impact nature of the activity. There are no hard surfaces involved. (Your knees will thank you.) This is why, now more than ever, people are opting for trampoline-jumping instead of running on the hard cement ground.
Not to get all anecdotal on you and speaking of knees, but my right knee was in pain for the longest time and I thought it would never go back to normal. Guess what made it better? My little rebounder.
4. HUGE Digestive Tract Boost
Doctors have said this time and time again: Avoid laying down the moment after eating a meal. That’s because digestion works best when gravity gives it a helping hand. At the same time, you shouldn’t be overly exerting yourself. Rebounding is best done on an empty stomach.
Empty stomach or not, your digestive tract, much like your lymphatic system gets an undeniable boost with that up-and-down motion.
And now to bring up the taboo topics: This aerobic exercise helps with your bowel movements and helps you release gas.
In more medical terms, your intestinal muscle movement (also referred to as peristalsis) is vastly improved.
5. Rebounding for Weight Loss. Goodbye Unwanted Pounds and Cellulite!
It’s a known fact: To rebound regularly is to build stronger muscle and reduce body fat.
Fortunately, you don’t have to take my word for it. Tons of studies and extensive research has been done to prove that this benefit as well as the others listed are legitimate.
6. Oxygenation to the Max
There have been studies done on Cystic Fibrosis patients and despite their severe lung issues, their oxygenation was still able to be increased by consistently rebounding.
Whether you have normal lung function or not, this cellular exercise supports the cells of the body for supremely efficient oxygenation. Rebounding really is one of the best ways to do just that.
7. Notable Drop in Blood Glucose Levels
A 2016 study published by The Journey of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that a consistent mini trampoline exercise program can reduce blood glucose levels.
In a world where high glucose levels is relatively common, it’s important to do everything you can to keep those levels optimal.
8. Matters of the Heart. And Matters of Your Blood Pressure Too!
Rebounding = stronger heart = more efficient blood-pumping.
In fact, consistent rebounding tends to decrease one’s resting heart rate.
To delve a bit deeper, the up and down motion I keep on mentioning causes many of the body’s large muscle groups to contract. This in turn causes a rhythmic compression of each vein and artery.
In conclusion? Overall circulation, blood flow, and oxygenation is drastically increased which directly correlates to lowered blood pressure and a whole lot less strain on the heart muscle.
9. Overall Improvement of Balance and Coordination
According to Dr. Craig A. Maxwell, rebounding actually improves your brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus in your inner ear, thus refining your coordination and balance.
In other words, you actively engage your mind and body connection by using the inner ear canal and ocular nerves, which stimulates not only your balance and coordination, but your reaction time as well.
10. Slower Aging. The Fountain of Youth of the Exercise World?
No, you won’t stay young forever, but it certainly helps with the aging process by slowing it down. In general, exercising consistently tends to have that sort of effect.
However, rebounding effects every cell in your body; there literally isn’t a part of your body that isn’t being stimulated.
Think of it this way: stagnation = rapid aging, total body movement = slow aging.
That’s it, folks. Well, only because this was a top 10 list of rebounder exercise benefits. There are definitely a TON more.
Do you own a mini-trampoline? If not, I highly suggest you go out and buy one! They’re not all that pricey and the value you get out of them will benefit you 100-fold.
A video using a rebounder to do squats and lunges:
FYI, you can buy a mini-trampoline on-line or at any number of sporting goods stores in your area. Just be sure to do some research first, because some of the cheaper ones definitely don’t provide the stability, durability and spring that paying a little more will get you.
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