Rebounding is one of the most efficient and all round beneficial exercises. It provides a means of incorporating a low impact stress aerobic exercise program along with extraordinary lymphatic and cellular detoxification. If done properly, every major muscle in the body is worked with extremely low impact to the knees and spine and every cell of the body is stimulated.
The body experiences three forces when rebounding – gravity, acceleration, and deceleration. At the top of the bounce the body becomes weightless and then at the bottom of the bounce you experience 1.5 times the force of gravity that exercises every cell in the body and stimulates the drainage of the lymphatic system. There is not a pump like the heart to circulate the lymph so if we don’t move enough, toxins build up and poison the cells. The action of bouncing on a rebounder provides one of the best ways to move the lymphatic fluid and therefore increase the effectiveness of the immune system.
Rebounding as exercise has been studied by NASA and was found to be 68% more oxygen efficient than other forms of exercise. Therefore, you can exercise quite vigorously on a rebounder without feeling as out of breath as you would with another exercise but still gain the same benefits you would from jogging or running. This is good news for people who are limited in the types of exercise they can do because of health reasons.
Jumping for Health by Dr. Morton Walker and The Miracles of Rebound Exercise by Albert Carter provide the following advantages of regular rebounding:
- It provides an increased G-force (gravitational load), which strengthens the musculoskeletal systems.
- It protects the joints from the chronic stress that is created by exercising on hard surfaces.
- Rebounding is 68% more efficient than jogging (as noted by NASA in a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.)
- It increases capacity for respiration.
- It circulates more oxygen to the tissues.
- It establishes a better equilibrium between the oxygen required by the tissues and the oxygen made available.
- It aids lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves in the lymphatic system.
- It tends to reduce the height to which the arterial pressures rise during exertion.
- It lessens the time during which blood pressure remains abnormal after severe activity.
- It assists in the rehabilitation of a heart problem.
- It increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.
- It improves resting metabolic rate so that more calories are burned for hours after exercise.
- It causes muscles to perform work in moving fluids through the body to lighten the heart’s load.
- It decreases the volume of blood pooling in the veins of the cardiovascular system preventing chronic edema.
- It encourages collateral circulation by increasing the capillary count in the muscles and decreasing the distance between the capillaries and the target cells.
- It strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body so that they work more efficiently.
- It allows the resting heart to beat less often.
- It lowers circulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- It lowers low-density lipoprotein (bad) and increases high-density lipoprotein (good) within the blood holding off the incidence of coronary artery disease.
- It promotes tissue repair and it helps manage body composition and improves muscle-to-fat ratio.
- It increases the mitochondria count within the muscle cells, essential for endurance.
- It adds to the alkaline reserve of the body, which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.
- Rebounding helps to reduce body fat; firms arms, legs, thighs, abdomen, and hips; increases agility; strengthens muscles overall; provides an aerobic effect for the heart.
- Rebounding stimulates healing and cleansing and is perfect for those that are immune compromised. Rebound author and lecturer Linda Brooks states that rebounding two minutes every hour “is an ideal protocol for defense against cancer. In just two minutes the entire lymphatic system is flushed,” and the white blood cell count nearly triples, providing a greater defense system to destroy cancer cells.
- Rebounding can be performed year round indoors or outdoors rain or shine. The rebounder can be stored as a fold up rebounder for easy access and convenience.
- The 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.
- You 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 in the sun.