The Health Benefits of Rebounding



By Jordan Miller;

Rebounding is something rather new in the field of fitness. It has revolutionized the way we exercise, and we are forever grateful for having crossed its path a few short years ago. For those of us who don't know what rebounding is, let us help bring you up to speed. Essentially, rebounding is a therapeutic movement on a mini trampoline. As it moves all parts of our body, we can also refer to it as a cellular exercise. Now this concept may be rather new to many of us. When we think about our bodily functions, we know that the heart pumps blood through our bodies, but if we take a closer look at our lymphatic system (white blood cell system) it does not have a pump, so in effect, this system is completely dependent on our movement in order for proper circulation. As a result, rebounding is the perfect activity because it gets everything moving at once. Not only does it help get the "juices" flowing, it also helps to remove toxins and absorb nutrients at the cellular level where they can be converted into energy. This form of exercise, we believe is superior to any other source because it not only uses gravity but two other forces (acceleration and deceleration).

Primary Health Benefits

More efficient: The primary benefit of rebounding is that, as described previously, strengthens every cell. Since rebounding includes other forces (acceleration and deceleration) your weight doubles at the bottom of the bounce, or from the perspective of time, what would generally take you doing hours of "regular" exercise, would simply take you a half an hour on a rebounder. Overall, it's 60-70% more efficient than regular exercise (cardio and weights). It was proven by Albert Einstein in 1911 that the aligned forces of acceleration, deceleration and gravity result in an increased gravitational load. What this means for the body is that during rebound exercise cells adjust to the increased load by becoming stronger. Rebounding strengthens virtually every cell of the body at the same time and is equivalent to resistance training for the cells. As a result of the longer springs of a rebounder, every move is easier and more gently on the knees and ankles.

Detoxification: As we have briefly discussed, rebounding circulates the lymphatic fluids and cleanses the lymph system. It works with and against gravitational pressures. In effect, it also increases the white blood count, thus strengthening the immune system. Another important aspect is the return of trapped blood proteins through circulation.


Other Health Benefits
  • Increases oxygen delivery and blood flow.
  • Promotes Mind-Body Unity - better learning, intuition, balance of two hemispheres of the brain.
  • Creates homeostasis which is the general balance of all systems of the body. Sickness represents blockages in the body. Rebound exercise can help to remove the blockages, return blood flow and circulation back into the diseased part 
  • Relieves tension; relaxes
  • Rehabilitates after bed rest
  • Stabilizes vestibular (inner ear)
  • Stimulates the nerves in the joints, ligaments, and muscles
  • Creates balance between mind and body, slows the brain waves to "alpha" level which is the level in where we connect with the inner world, learn better and can relax
  • Improves vision

Who Can Rebound?

Virtually anyone can do this exercise. Young and old, even the sick. The shock absorbing springs allow for virtually shock-free movement to your knees and ankles.

When and How long?

The longer, and more you do it the better. 5 minutes is better than 3 or 30 minutes is better than 10. You have to find your own routine and do it every day or at least 3-4 times a week. Kyla and I rebound 5-10 minutes every morning, sometimes 5-10 minutes in the evening to help us relax before we go to bed. We would suggest to not undertake a strenuous workout before bed, just some gentle bounces and meditation.

This revolutionary exercise offers us many health benefits. The upside is that it is much less straining than regular exercise and helps stimulate our lymphatic system. We personally own a Needak rebounder, but any quality rebounder shall do. We recommend the CELLERCISER by David hall if you want a superior machine. Until next time, happy rebounding!

Your question: How often (if at all) do you rebound through the week? (post your comments below)

Sources:
Brooks, Linda: Rebounding to Better Health. Sixth Printing, KE Publishing, 51-2; 39-56; 71-6, 2006
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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

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