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Benefits of Rebounding

There is no piece of exercise equipment that has such a wide range of health benefits as the rebounder. The rebounder looks like a mini-trampoline but is the furthest thing from it. A mini-trampoline is a toy for children that will jar your joints, put stress on your back and discs and eventually lead to injury due to the tight, non-soft bounce mat, the low-grade springs and poorly constructed frame that the springs tie into. Whatever exercise you perform, a key component to protect yourself from injury is that the equipment can absorb all the shock and be durable to sustain all this shock absorption for years without decreasing its functional ability. This translates as being easiest on the body for long-term exercise use and also being extremely durable, lasting for years. The reasons every man, woman and child should be rebounding daily are the following:

  1. Greatly increased lymphatic flow
  2. Greatly increased detoxification/cleansing of the body
  3. Ideally the best cardiovascular exercise
  4. The ability to strengthen cells of every organ, gland, tissue and part of the body

Let's see why:

  1. Lymphatic fluid is the most important fluid to immune function in the body. Two thirds of your white blood cells (Pac-Man cells) that eat bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and cancer cells are found in the lymphatic fluid. Rebound greatly increases lymphatic circulation, more so than ANY OTHER EXERCISE.
  2. Detoxifying the body is accomplished which greatly increases the lymphatic flow. Lymphatic fluid is the sewer system of the body, clearing the system of toxins and waste products. The more we can increase lymphatic flow the more we can detoxify the organs, glands and tissues. Rebounding greatly increases lymphatic circulation and detoxification, more so than ANY OTHER EXERCISE.
  3. Cardiovascular exercise is defined as any exercise that increases the heart rate. Most people turn to jogging, riding, running or walking for their cardiovascular exercise. The best form of cardiovascular exercise is rebounding. Here's why: Although running is a good cardiovascular exercise, it greatly stresses the feet, ankles, knees, hips, back and discs. Anyone who jogs long distances eventually pays the price with injuries. If one would jog or run on the rebounder (as many top marathoners train on) they would decrease shock and stress to the joints by 95%. This calculates to long-term cardiovascular benefit and no injuries.
  4. Cellular exercise - One of the most powerful uses of the rebounder is to strengthen the cells of the body. Cells are only as strong as their cell membranes. The cell membrane contains life. It allows oxygen and nutrients into the cell and removes waste products out of the cell. If this membrane is strong, the cell is strong and lives longer. If this membrane is weak, the cell is weak and easily ruptures and dies. Rebounding cellular exercise is one of the most important things a person can do for their health to keep all the cells in the organs, glands and tissues healthy and living long. If cells are weak and rupture easily, this translates into symptoms, conditions and diseases. If cells are strong, this translates into health, energy and vitality.

There is no other exercise on the planet that does all four forms of exercise to sustain your total health. Many have overcome everything from constipation to sore throats by rebounding daily.

What is the weakest force in the universe and has the most profound effect on the human body? Gravity. As we age, the relentless pull of gravity causes our body to sag in a southerly direction. We develop wrinkles, flabby forearms, portly midriffs, vericosities, edemic feet and ankles, stooped shoulders, turkey necks, and compressed spines, to name a few multifarious insults to our body shape.

To compensate for this "G-force" we must continually work against it through body movement. Regular exercise is essential to maintain optimal health. Apiarian Royden Brown noted, "It has been scientifically documented that exercising regularly increases longevity and enhanced quality of life." The proverbial expression "either use it or lose it" applies to the body's need for daily exercise as well as to maintain musculoskeletal strength, immunity, and psychobiological balance. The best nutrition in the world cannot sustain us if our circulation is stagnant and we do not receive oxygen-rich blood to our body's three trillion cells.

G-force--Gravitational Force:
Gravitational force is key to understanding resistive rebounding's health benefits. By combining the forces of acceleration and deceleration, body cells are tricked into believing they are being subjected to increased gravity. NASA clearly demonstrated the virtues of rebounding when they designed an exercise protocol in the zero gravity of space. Loss of bone density and muscle mass are the negative results incurred to astronauts soaring through the cosmos at zero gravity. Scientific blood analysis that included subjecting weakened blood cells (of returning astronauts) to increased G-force evidenced an increase in cellular strength. It is this increase in G-force during rebounding (specifically during deceleration) that challenges body cells to strengthen.

An Exercise for all Ages:
Rebounding knows no social boundaries and has no age limitations. Exercise guru Jack LaLanne often demonstrated rebounding on his popular T.V. exercise program. Comedian Bob Hope once noted "I keep my rebounder at the foot of my bed and use it daily." Morning talk show host Regis Philbin enjoyed a rebounding session during one of his interviews with fitness expert and nutritionist to the stars, Rheo Blair, on his 1970's "A.M. Los Angeles" television program. A rebounder even found its way into the White House during the Reagan administration!

Virtues of Rebounding:
"Rebounding," or jumping on a mini trampoline has universal exercise appeal and a plethora of health benefits. The repetitive rhythmic motion of bouncing on a mini trampoline provides a zero impact simple exercise method with high impact long term (mental and physical) health benefits that extend from youth to old age:

  1. Rebounding is 68% more efficient than jogging (as noted by NASA in a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology)
  2. Improves digestion and elimination of cellular waste.
  3. Accelerates metabolism to burn calories for weight control.
  4. Increases oxygen uptake and promotes detoxification via the lungs, skin, and lymph.
  5. Has a natural analgesic effect on the body, relieving pain in the neck, back, and head by increasing circulation and oxygen flow.
  6. Lowers blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol naturally by increasing oxygenation and dilating the blood vessels for smoother and easier blood flow.
  7. Improves circulatory disorders by increasing cellular respiration.
  8. Promotes regular elimination. Exercise is known to increase metabolism and relieve constipation.
  9. Has a stabilizing effect on the nervous system thereby reducing stress. Rebound exercising increases endorphin output, thereby promoting the relaxation response.
  10. Increased oxygen flow increases our sense of well being without the toxic side effects of narcotics or anti-depressants.
  11. An excellent precursor to sports training, including golf, tennis, skiing, skating, mountain climbing, and kick boxing, "without" incurring joint trauma.
  12. Promotes physical and mental efficiency (and stability) by increasing oxygen levels and decreasing toxicity (heavy metals and cellular waste).
  13. Provides "no impact" aerobics, especially helpful for those that are handicapped, arthritic, elderly, or immune compromised with limited mobility.
  14. An optimal exercise method for pregnant women to stay in shape without incurring musculoskeletal trauma.
  15. Provides aerobic exercise without incurring stress to the joints.
  16. An ideal method for teaching youngsters coordination and balance while encouraging physical fitness.
  17. A superior exercise for those that are immune compromised including cancer and MS. Rebounding stimulates healing and cleansing. Rebound author and lecturer Linda Brooks notes rebounding 2 minutes every hour "is the ideal protocol for defense against cancer. In just two minutes the entire lymphatic system is flushed," and and white blood cell count nearly triples, providing a greater defense system to destroy cancer cells.
  18. A year round exercise that can be performed indoors or outdoors and is easily portable to provide exercise on the go for those that travel. Great for stay at home moms, home business owners, or office executives who can all easily store a fold up rebounder in a nearby room for easy access and convenience.
  19. Has a "triple E" rating--economical, efficient, and effective. A single rebounder can provide years of daily exercise. It is convenient for those that are homebound, unable to jog or access a gym. It is readily portable (folds and fits into its own travel case) and stores neatly out of the way. Great for apartment, home, trailer dwellers or travelers. One can rebound year round -- indoors or outdoors, rain or shine. Six minutes of rebounding equals one mile of jogging. One can run several miles in place while rehearsing a speech, singing, talking on the phone, watching T.V., listening to music, or while jumping outdoors enjoying "helio" or sun therapy.
  20. Will not incur repetitive motion injuries.
  21. An optional stabilizing bar makes this rebounder even more secure for those unsteady on their feet or having disabilities requiring a bar to hold onto while bouncing.
  22. Excellent for toddlers. Movement affects balance. Rebounding has a positive affect on stabilizing right and left hemispheric brain balance.
  23. Has positive implications for improving the mind/body connection, especially for Learning Disabled Children exhibiting a poor sense of rhythm, coordination, and balance. Medical journalist Dr. Morton Walker notes, when you move and exercise, you engage every brain and body cell. This has a profound and positive impact on stimulating neural activity.
  24. The father of modern aerobics exercise, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, discovered that alternating aerobic exercise with weight training actually increased strength. His Institute of Aerobic Research documented the strength gains from resistive rebounding in 1981.

Rebounding Benefits the Body...
Rebounding is an exercise that can:

  • Reduce 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

...in 30 Healthful ways

  1. It increases the capacity for respiration.
  2. It circulates more oxygen to the tissues.
  3. It establishes a better equilibrium between the oxygen required by the tissues and the oxygen made available.
  4. It causes muscles to perform work in moving fluids through the body to lighten the heart's load.
  5. It tends to reduce the height to which the arterial pressures rise during exertion.
  6. It lessens the time during which blood pressure remains abnormal after severe activity.
  7. It holds off the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
  8. It increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.
  9. It aids lymphatic circulation, as well as the flow in the veins of the circulatory system.
  10. It encourages collateral circulation.
  11. It strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body so that they work more efficiently.
  12. It allows the resting heart to beat less often.
  13. It lowers elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  14. It stimulates the metabolism.
  15. It promotes body growth and repair.
  16. It tones up the glandular system, especially the thyroid to increase its output.
  17. It adds to the alkaline reserve of the body which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.
  18. It chemically attains absolute potential of the cells.
  19. It reserves bodily strength and physical efficiency.
  20. It expands the body's capacity for fuel storage and endurance.
  21. It improves coordination through the transmission of nerve impulses and responsiveness of the muscle fibers.
  22. It affords muscular vigor from increased muscle fiber tone.
  23. It offers relief from neck and back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise.
  24. It enhances digestion and elimination processes.
  25. It allows for better and easier relaxation and sleep.
  26. It results in a better mental performance, with keener learning processes.
  27. It curtails fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.
  28. It minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.
  29. It tends to slow down aging.
  30. It reduces the likelihood of obesity.