Bounce for Health!

Volume 23

Rebound exercise is considered by many in the field of exercise research, to be the best exercise known by mankind. Rebounding on a mini-tramp vastly increases the flow of chi to all organs and glands, ramping up the acupuncture system and your energy field. I personally conducted two research studies profoundly suggesting the multiple benefits resulting from rebounding. Additionally, this bio-electric exercise is the preferred workout for NASA astronauts, as it increases bone and muscle density, which is depleted as a result of travel in outer space..

The rebounder subjects the body to gravitational pulls ranging from zero at the top of each bounce to 2 - 3 times the force of gravity at the bottom, depending on how high the person is rebounding. This is the best way to build muscle and muscle strength and density. Unlike jogging on hard surfaces which puts extreme stress on certain joints such as the ankles and knees, oftentimes damaging them. Rebounding enhances the cells of every joint, muscle, ligament in the body due to the increased gravitational pull, which other land exercises cannot provide.

The lymph system, for example, bathes every cell, carrying nutrients to the cell and pumping out waste products. Yet the lymph is totally dependent on physical exercise to perform it's many duties. Without adequate exercise, the lymph cells are left drowning in their own waste, and starving for nutrients, a situation which contributes to arthritis, cancer and other degenerative diseases as well as aging. Vigorous exercise such as rebounding is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times.

The lymph fluid moves through channels called "vessels" that are filled with one way valves, moving in one direction.. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, up the arms and up the torso. This is why the vertical up and down movement created from rebounding is so effective in pumping the lymph.

Rebounding is a zero-impact aerobic exercise which improves blood circulation and increases the capacity of both the heart and lungs. With regular rebounding the resting heart rate can decline 10 beats per minute, which means 5,000 fewer heartbeats in a single night's sleep.

The rebounding motion stimulates all internal organs, moves the cerebral-spinal fluid, aqueous fluid within the eyes (many people claim improved eyesight), and does wonders for colon function. All cells in the body become stronger in response to the increased G force during rebounding, and it this cellular exercise which results in the self-propelled immune cells being up to 5 times more active. The job description of these cells includes engulfing viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells, while greatly enhancing the immune system.

Everyone starts with the "health bounce" which means your feet remain in contact with the mat while the body moves up and down. The health bounce is sufficient to give all the benefits of rebounding while gently strengthening the entire body. The health bounce can be done while talking on the phone, listening to music, or watching TV.

There are 30 health advantages of regular rebounding, including the following:
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.

Adults start with 5 minutes of rebounding and increase their time as fitness improves. Seniors start with 2 minutes ten times per day, with at least 30 minutes between sessions. It is necessary for older people to start gradually in order to give the connective tissue holding internal organs in place time to strengthen. This prevents the possibility of prolapsed organs - the only contraindication to rebounding reported in the literature.

Rebounding offers a less stressful means of reducing body fat and simultaneously firming body tissues. Running in place on the rebounder burns calories effectively. According to a person's body weight, Table A shows how many calories from running on the rebounder may be expended per specified period of time in minutes.