Rebounding: Jumping for Health!
I was turned on to rebounding from my friends David Wolf and Gillian Brown a few years ago but it wasn’t until earlier this year that I began jumping regularly. “Rebounding is an exercise that reduces your body fat; firms your legs, thighs, abdomen, arms and hips; increases your agility; improves your sense of balance; strengthens your muscles over all; provides an aerobic effect for your heart; rejuvenates your body when it’s tired; and generally puts you in a state of health and fitness.” -Dr. Morton Walker.
I aim to get on my rebounder every day for at least 20 minutes (40 minutes is the recommendation five days a week) and it has become my go-to at-home exercise, mental break and anytime pick-me-up. It’s an aerobic activity and a lymphatic exercise that works with gravity to cleanse the tissue cells and acts as an oxygenator to lighten the load on the heart. It has a similar effect as running or jumping rope without the impact on the joints, ankles, knees and lower back. When you jump on a rebounder, you work against the constant gravitational pressure thereby resisting the Earth’s pull. Neat right! Your resistance is subtle but it builds cellular strength. The pumping action created from rebounding pulls out waste products from the cells and forces into them, oxygen and nutrition from the bloodstream.
After doing some research, I purchased a Needak Rebounder because they had great reviews, was a mid-range high quality product, made in North America and a Canadian distribution centre. Though you can get other great rebounders from Bellicon, Urban Rebounder and Jump Sport to name a few. Please note I do have an affiliate account with Needak if you end up purchasing your own rebounder through that link. However this post is not sponsored, I just genuinely want to share the benefits and effects of this exercise.
Detoxification Effects of Rebounding
The lymphatic system is the metabolic garbage can of the body! It rids us of toxins such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous wastes, fat, infectious viruses, heavy metals and other assorted junk cast off by the cells. The movement performed in rebounding provides the stimulus for a free flowing system that drains away these potential poisons. Unlike the arterial system, the lymphatic system does not have its own pump and thus no muscle to pump and move the fluid through the lymph vessels. In order for lymph to circulate and flow away from the tissues it serves and back into the main pulmonary circulation, it relies on three activities (and rebounding supplies all three methods):
- Muscular contraction from exercise and movement
- Gravitational pressure
- Internal massage to the valves of the lymph ducts
Rebounding Health Benefits
There are so many health benefits to this exercise, it truly is a full body gift. From cleansing the blood to building and toning muscle, detoxifying the skin, burning fat, increasing circulation, moving lymph, increasing metabolism and many more:
- Increased respiration capacity
- circulates more oxygen to tissues
- lesses cardiovascular risk
- increases the functional activity of red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells
- aids in lymphatic circulation and flow in circulatory veins
- strengthens heart and other muscles in body to work more efficiently
- lowers elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- stimulates metabolism
- promotes body growth and repair
- tones up the glandular system, in particular the thyroid to increase output
- improves coordination through transmission of nerve impulse and responsiveness of muscle fibres
- increases muscle tone
- relieves pain such as neck, back pain, headache and other pain caused by lack of exercise
- enhances digestion and elimination processes
- allows for better and easier sleep and relaxation
- can slow down aging process
- minimizes number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, abdominal problems
- lessens fatigue and menstrual cramps for women
- allows for better mental performance
Hope you consider the benefits of this incredible and easy exercise as something to include in your life for your health. Jump, jump!
*Info in this post is synthesized from Dr. Morton Walker, Medical Journalist, ‘Jumping for Health: A Report of Innovative Biologics.”