I’m sure I’m not the only one who attends grocery store grand openings solely for the opportunity to jump in the rented bouncy house. And I’m probably not the only one who gets unreasonably excited when a friend’s/relatives house has one of those huge trampolines in the backyard.
Fortunately, rebounding, a.k.a bouncing on a trampoline, provides unique health benefits as well as a fun workout.
The benefits of rebounding
The lymphatic system, commonly summarized as the “garbage disposal of the body,” relies completely on our conscious movement. Unlike the cardiovascular system with the heart automatically pumping fluid, the lymph system relies on our body movements as a pump.
Movement turns on the garbage disposal – without movement that forces the lymphatic fluid to drain, toxins collect stagnantly in the lymph instead of leaving the body. Any type of exercise, such as walking, weight lifting or swimming, helps flush toxins in the lymph.
But rebounding is by far the most effective movement therapy for increasing lymph flow and draining toxins from the body. Many natural health practitioners recommend daily rebounding as a gentle detox technique or weight loss aid (more on that below). Due to the up-down movement, lymphatic fluid is forced to flow and flush toxins.
Supports bone and joint health
NASA uses rebounding to help astronauts regain the bone density they lost when in space (due to the lack of gravity). A study done by NASA in 1980 supports the use of rebounding in remineralizing bones. Rebounding belongs in the routine of those with osteoporosis.
Rebounding also offers joint-friendly exercise without the impact of exercising on hard surfaces.
I actually hesitated writing this point. In our photoshopped, appearance-obsessed world, advertisers lead us to believe that cellulite is gross and unwomanly. Well, guess what: cellulite is totally womanly – after all, most women have cellulite! I don’t think it is a healthy thing to obsess about or try to eliminate completely.
With that said, cellulite is frequently due to a stagnant, toxic lymph system. By supporting lymphatic flow in the butt and thighs, rebounding can improve one of the root causes of non-hereditary cellulite. Often, women see a reduction in cellulite after regular rebounding for a few months.
Fun weight loss
Long bouts of cardio exercise can actually backfire in weight loss attempts, since prolonged periods of “breathless” exercise can lower your metabolism (this book explains the best exercises to support metabolism). Metabolic-supporting exercise is key to weight loss, however, and that is where rebounding comes in.
If you rebound at a moderate pace, so you can still breathe comfortably, it gets you moving without stressing your metabolism. Also, the gentle detox encourages fat loss.
Improved balance and posture
Another benefit of rebounding? You automatically improve your posture, engage your abs, and practice your balance when you are bouncing. By regularly rebounding, you carry these improved habits off the trampoline.
Supports the cardiovascular system
The benefits of rebounding include the cardiovascular system. First, just as rebounding supports lymph circulation, it supports the circulation of blood. Rebounding decreases blood pooling in veins to improve chronic edema and rebounding can even lower blood pressure by aiding blood circulation.
Improves the endocrine and immune systems
Rebounding is one of the supportive therapies I recommend in my book Quit PMS: End your menstrual misery. Since detoxing excess hormones and toxins is key a healthy endocrine system, I recommend rebounding to anyone with hormone imbalance.
Rebounding improves the immune system by increasing the action of red bone marrow and supports tissue repair.
How to start rebounding today
What you need
Any trampoline suffices. Since my budget is tight, I got the this very affordable mini rebounder, it was about $40 on Amazon. I’m pretty happy with it… it’s a bit squeaky and it required three people and a bit of wresting to put together. For a bigger investment, you can get a higher quality rebounder with bells and whistles like an exercise DVD and balance bar.
What to wear
This is important: do not wear tight or constricting clothes. Yes, bits of extra will jiggle. That is SUPPOSED to happen. The more jiggle, the more your lymph system is flushing out those toxins! So put on some fun music, step away from the mirror, and have fun rebounding.
What to do
Tailor your rebounding sessions to your unique situation. I recommend a moderate pace, so you are breathing slightly faster but not uncomfortably. Your feet don’t even need to leave the trampoline, you can just bounce up and down by bending your knees.
For detox support, rebound for at least 15 minutes daily. Try three five-minute sessions throughout the day. For weight loss support, rebound for 15-20 minutes at moderate intensity in one period, at least three times per week. Don’t rebound right after eating or drinking.
Do you have a trampoline? Do you regularly rebound?
Sources: The Seven Day Detox Miracle, http://rebound-air.com/best_rebounding_33_ways.htm, http://www.extremehealthradio.com/5-benefits-of-rebounding-and-why-you-should-start-rebounding-today/