Jumping Like A Kid!
by Penny Powell
May 28, 2008
When attending the 10-day Healthy Lifestyle program at the Living Foods Institute, bouncing on the rebounder is one of the daily recommendations of that program. This information peaked my rebounding interest, and now Ive become so in love with the concept of rebounding that, recently, Ive been jumping like a kid many times throughout the day.
In fact, last week Friday after returning home from my sons 6th-grade graduation (or Empowerment ceremony as someone referred to it), I entered the door, kicked off my shoes and jumped in brown dress and all (pictured here). I was jumping for joy about the heart-warming, unique graduation we had just witnessed. Another part of me was simply jumping as a form of celebrating life. Additionally, of course, I was jumping for health jumping to cleanse my lymphatic system.
Unlike your blood, Bennett continues, your waste systems fluid (lymph fluid) does not need to be moving every second, so it doesnt need a continuous duty pump. But it does need to circulate. And thats your job! As you move around, the lymph fluid is moved from the cells, to the lymph nodes, and on to the dump. But if you dont move enough if you are less active than children your metabolic garbage container isnt being emptied on a regular basis. And that can spell trouble (lingering waste products are a major contributor to degenerative disease), says Bennett.
is good for the lymphatic system, Bennett explains, over time
it can take a toll on your joints (and on your heart believe it or not).
So, on balance, running is not the best way to move your lymph fluid around.
Skipping, spirited walking, and rebounding are your best choices.
Time to take a cue from kids jump! he says.
And to think that only a few minutes a day gently bouncing on a rebounder are needed to really put this lymphatic-flushing system into motion!
Bennett states that rebounding is so gentle when compared to runnings forceful pounding that its the exercise of choice for astronauts returning from the weightless environment of outer space.
How does it work?
According to Bennett, At the top of each bounce, you are momentarily weightless, and at the bottom of each bounce, you are actually resisting the Earths pull more than you usually do. This alternating weightlessness and multiplied gravity produces a pumping action which pulls out waste products from the cells, and forces into them oxygen and nutrients from the bloodstream.
|Although Ive been bouncing on my rebounder a few minutes at a time off and on throughout the day, I realize I probably havent been jumping on the ideal rebounder since all rebounders are not created equal, Bennett informs his readers. Perhaps I should have waited until I could get the one of choice, but one day I got such an urge to jump rebounder-style that I darted out and got the first one I could get my hands on. I keep it centrally located and find myself making pit-stops at it regularly.|
Since it is so easily transportable, Ill be off to carry my rebounder outdoors and delight in jumping under the great blue sky and bright, warm sun as soon as Im done with this post. Oh how fun! How fun!
And, by the way, not that my active pre-teen son doesnt move his body enough already, but the rebounder is yet another body-moving tool for him, too. Although he was initially disappointed that the rebounder doesnt bounce the way a standard trampoline does, that certainly doesnt stop him from using it.
Well, its my turn to use it now. So off I go .
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