By Gillian B

We all know how important exercise is for a healthy body and a balanced mind, so why don’t we do it as often as we should? Well, there are many reasons. One is time, and another is the energy it takes just to get to the gym.

Well, I have a solution for you! This exercise can be done in the comfort of your home for only minutes a day, and it is twice as effective as running!

What is it?

Rebounding is just another way of saying “bouncing on a mini-trampoline.” It turns out that bouncing is not just for kids after all! Not only is it fun, but it’s extremely good for people of all ages!

Why Should You Start Rebounding?

Our bodies were designed to MOVE. The lymphatic system bathes every cell, carrying nutrients to the cells and carrying waste products away, but it is totally dependent on physical stimulation to circulate through the body.

The lymphatic system is not connected to the heart, so it relies upon some other activity to create the necessary pumping action it needs to circulate. The three main methods of lymphatic circulation are external massage, muscle activity, and vigorous exercise.

Are you doing one or more of these activities daily to circulate your lymph? Most people are not.

Without adequate lymph stimulation, the cells are left soaking in their own waste and starving for nutrients, a situation that contributes to malnourishment, toxicity and disease.

The good news is that vigorous exercise such as rebounding (only a few minutes a day) is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times!

Here’s Why Rebounding is GREAT For Your Lymphatic System:

  • Your lymph nodes are one of the most important sources of immune defense in your body.
  • Unlike the blood, the lymph flow is NOT driven by the pumping mechanism of the heart.
  • One very simple and efficient way to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid is by rebounding daily.
  • The up-and-down rhythmic bouncing causes all of the one-way valves to open and close simultaneously, increasing circulation.
  • Using a rebounder daily will help to de-congest the lymph so that it can deliver nutrients and remove waste more effectively!

 

Why Rebounding is the Best Exercise EVER:

  • It’s more than twice as effective as running, without the extra stress on the joints.
  • The rebounding motion stimulates the internal organs and moves the cerebral-spinal fluid. (Many people even claim improved eyesight.) It’s also very helpful for stimulating digestion!
  • This exercise directly strengthens the immune system. All cells in the body become stronger because of the increased G-force during rebounding.  This cellular shaking results in the immune cells being up to five times more active.
  • It’s great for increasing bone mass.
  • Rebounding helps circulate oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, increasing energy.
  • Rebounding is an exercise that reduces fat and tones the body.
  • It increases your agility; and improves your sense of balance.
  • Rebounding strengthens your muscles overall, and it even strengthens the heart muscle!
  • Rebounding provides an aerobic effect for your heart.
  • It rejuvenates your body when it’s tired or sluggish.
  • Bouncing is fun, and it generally boosts your sense of well-being.
  • Jumping on a rebounder is remarkably gentle on the joints, unlike a lot of other cardio exercises.
  • With regular rebounding, a profound detoxification of the body is possible!

If you aren’t sold on rebounding yet, read this:
In the Well Being Journal, Dave Scrivens, Certified Lymphologist says “20 minutes of rebounding is equal to an hour of running for a cardiovascular workout.” Isn’t that the best news ever? Bounce daily and you may never have to push yourself to do an exercise you hate, ever again!

How to Start Rebounding:

1) Buy a therapeutic rebounder like a Bellicon (this is the one that I have and LOVE).

2) Start bouncing for 15-20 minutes or more a day, though this can be broken up into multiple 3-5 minute sessions.

3) If you feel uneasy, you may want to begin with “contact” rebounding, which is where your feet stay on the mat as you bounce up and down. Start slow and work your way up.

I personally keep my rebounder right next to my desk. Since I spend a lot of time at my computer each day, it’s very handy for me to have it right there. It cues me to get up, stretch, and bounce the sitting stagnation away!

Happy Bouncing!

Resources:

The Journal of Applied Physiology

Well Being Journal

http://wellnessmama.com/

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