If you just about to start working out, rebounding is a good overall body workout that will not cause any pain or injuries. Such set back can make you lose interest in exercising quite fast. If you are currently engage in walking, running, cycling or any other fitness regimes that do not involve any form of jumping, incorporate this low impact but exhilarating exercise to boost your holistic health. Although you do need to buy a good quality rebounder, it is a lifelong investment, not only you’ll ensure your safety while exercising, you are doing your whole body a favor of making it hale and hearty.
Jumping ropes, jumping jacks, burpees and rebounding all require leaping movements but what makes rebounding extra special? What makes it able to offer us 30 health benefits while we are having fun bouncing away on a rebounder? First of all, just like we’ve mentioned earlier, rebounding is a low impact exercise, safe for joints, soft tissue and bones. It will not cause any unnecessary pressure especially on our lower extremities; on our ankles and knee joints and legs every time we land, allowing us to exercise longer and frequently. NASA researchers have proven this workout helps build bone mass, even reverse damage cause by osteoporosis, so people with arthritis and back problem may gain benefit from rebounding too.
When we bounce, we are experiencing constant acceleration, deceleration and gravity changes. Coupled with the fact that rebounding is actually an aerobic activity, more oxygen is supplied throughout the body; we are actually strengthening each and every cell in our body. Waste products from cellular metabolic activities, fat, dead cells, heavy metals and chemicals are purged and oxygen and nutrients are flooded into our cells.
We all know 57 to 60 percent of our body is water, with lymphatic fluid outnumbered blood in volume. However, unlike blood, lymphatic system does not have any central pump. It relies on peristalsis and millions of one-way valves to circulate. The bouncing movement combines with the ever-changing state of weightlessness helps to open and close the valves simultaneously, allowing the lymphatic fluid to circulate around our body about 15 to 30 times faster, improving detoxification process and haul much-needed nutrients to all cells faster. Since lymphatic system ties with our immune system, it simultaneously strengthened our defense mechanism too. A few people with allergies claimed their problems disappear or eases after rebounding for more than a few months.
Our cardiovascular and respiratory systems gain a lot of benefit with this physical exercise. We remain upright every time we go from acceleration to deceleration, zero gravity (0G) to 2G. We also use less energy and oxygen when going through the up and down motions and this lessens the stress on our heart. Overtime, it gradually lowers our resting heart rate whereby it toughened and improves the quality of our heart muscles. The functions and coordination of the systems improves too, as a matter of fact we are re-training our cells and re-setting our metabolism to work as efficiently as they did when we are younger.
Rebounding can also help to boost our strength, stamina, muscular development, balance, coordination and even flexibility. Amazing feat considering it is not a strenuous physical activity yet it offers more benefits than any high impact workouts can. Rebounding helps us to generate energy and physically rejuvenate us. That means we are not leaping on the rebounder only when we are full of energy, but bounce away because we want more energy. Landing on and leaping off the flexible surface of the rebounder meanwhile stimulate our body’s balancing mechanism, coordination between the proprioceptors in the limbs and nerve impulse transmission to and from brains and muscles fibers, thus helps us to improve our equilibrium and coordination.
Here are the list 30 health benefits of rebounding workout, as studied by Dr. Morton Walker:
It increases the 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 causes muscles to perform work in moving fluids through the body to lighten the heart’s load.
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 holds off the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
It increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.
It aids lymphatic circulation, as well as the flow in the veins of the circulatory system.
It encourages collateral circulation.
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 elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
It stimulates the metabolism.
It promotes body growth and repair.
It tones up the glandular system, especially the thyroid to increase its output.
It adds to the alkaline reserve of the body which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.
- It chemically attains absolute potential of the cells.
It reserves bodily strength and physical efficiency.
It expands the body’s capacity for fuel storage and endurance.
It improves coordination through the transmission of nerve impulses and responsiveness of the muscle fibers.
- It affords muscular vigor from increased muscle fiber tone.
- It offers relief from neck and back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise.
- It enhances digestion and elimination processes.
- It allows for better and easier relaxation and sleep.
- It results in a better mental performance, with keener learning processes.
- It curtails fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.
- It minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.
- It tends to slow down aging.
- It reduces the likelihood of obesity.
Before starting this physical activity please refer your personal physician as rebounding can cause prolapsed organs on older people, so you might need to start slowly and gradually. We always believe in prevention is better than cure and this exercise should be a leap for health and happiness, not the other way around.
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