The Surprising and Unusual Health Benefits of Rebounding

The Use of a Mini-Trampoline with Highly Efficient G-Force Exercise Benefits

The enthusiasm for rebounding began with a professional gymnast/wrestler named Albert Carter who discovered the surprising and unusual benefits of rebounding (i.e. bouncing on a mini- trampoline for at least a few minutes daily.  He published his revealing story in his landmark book on rebounding called, The Miracles of Rebound Exercise.  As Carter and his family regularly used a trampoline, they realized that they became much stronger and more fit than other people who did the conventional exercises.  Carter’s own heart rate at rest was an amazing 36 beats per minute!

How does rebounding work? Rebounding uses three powerful forces that influence every cell of the body: gravity, acceleration and deceleration.  If your body is exposed on a regular basis to 1 1/2 times of the force of gravity, its tissues will gradually strengthen to cope with the gravitational force-which is a full body strengthening effect.  Since these forces exert pressure on every cell in the body (which is NOT true of typical exercise routines, then all the cells of the body (and all the tissues that make up the muscles ligaments, nervous system, lymphatic system, etc.) also strengthened accordingly.

The Lymphatic Upgrade. When bouncing on a trampoline, at the top of the bounce, your body becomes effortlessly weightless: as you reached the bottom of the bounce, your body experiences the gravitational force of 1 1/2 to three Gs (or 1.5 to 3 times the force of gravity);. then with the next bounce, these forces are repeated.  In a short period of exercise such as five minutes, these forces have acted on the body hundreds of times.  These repeated forces are a tremendous assistance in this simulating the lymphatic system into greater efficiency to clear waste products from the body.  Since the lymphatic system has no “heart” (as does the blood system), regular movement is necessary for it to properly circulate its lymph and to clear in the waste products from around the cells.  Little or no exercise (such as those who are chronically ill or who have injuries) can create a sluggish lymphatic system response and thus lead to markedly decreased ability to purify the body.

No Grounding Out. In regular walking or running, you ‘ground’ out the body and its energy circulation system with each step as your foot hits the ground.  Although they may be helpful exercises, they do not have the full body affect that rebounding does.  With rebounding, the body’s circulating energy network is never ground out.  On the rebounder mat, the ‘down’ bounce creates a powerful downward G-force which accelerates the circulation of the entire body’s meridian system.  On the ‘up’ bounce, the deceleration pulls this bio-energy upward and outward expanding the body’s luminous biofield; on the next ‘down’ bounce this repeats again.  At the end of just a two-minute rebound session the expanded biofield of even a ‘couch potato’ looks like they have gone for an hour run!

Since people who are chronically ill cannot perform vigorous exercises (and may exercise very little or not at all) or for those who have injuries and joint affected diseases such as a sprained ankle or arthritis, rebound exercise can act as a spectacular aid to establish lymphatic competence to assist the body in recovery.  In addition to lymphatic system support, the G-force exercise also helps adapt the immune system to a much higher level of competence as well.

NASA Research. NASA, the national space agency in the US studied rebounding to determine if it could help the bone loss of astronauts who experienced extended periods of weightlessness which cause them to lose up to 15% of bone mass in only two weeks in space.  NASA determine that rebounding was the best form of exercise to help rebuild the lost bone of the astronauts. On Earth rebounding has been shown to help prevent osteoporosis and actually reverse loss of bone mass.

NASA also found that rebounding was a highly efficient exercise that was 68% more oxygen efficient than other forms of exercise.  In other words, vigorous exercise on the rebounder for only five to 10 minutes a day (without feeling out of breath) could give you the same benefits (and more) of running that might take you much longer (and also leave you exhausted).

Injuries-Old and New. You might think that rebounding would be contraindicated for someone with a knee injury or an ankle sprain-or for someone who has a tendency to put their hip out due to an old injury.  However, because of all the tissue building action of rebounding, exactly the opposite is true. Many have found rebounding to be a great assistance in strengthening an old injured area, in relieving pain or in assisting them to heal from a new injury.  For injured areas, the key is to gradually build up your rebounding effort-to start rebounding with only two minutes at a time, several times per day and a initially to bounce gently, not letting your feet leave the mat.  (As you build up your rebounding time over a two or three weeks, then you can be again to let your feet leave the mat and also rebound for longer periods of time.)

Because all of the gravitational effect (with multiple accelerations and deceleration’s in a single session), rebounding can directly affect many systems of the body beneficially.  For example, following are some surprising benefits have been reported by various people:

  • Allergies. After regular use of a rebounder, many people have reported that their allergies were reduced or eliminated altogether.  The effect took several months of regular rebounding.
  • Arthritis. Extensive tests on rebounding have shown that it is helpful for patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  The relief felt by arthritis patients can often be dramatic.  However, only gentle bouncing (3 or 4 times a day) is recommended to start.  As the NASA study found this exercise helps prevent excess calcium loss from the spine as well as other own major bones.
  • Asthma. Rebounding is a more oxygen efficient exercise than other forms of exercise, so asthma sufferers can easily do a gentle form of exercise without having to stress their breathing.
  • Back problems. Rebounding helps strengthen the spine and back muscles without the undue strain of running on a hard surface.  It helps avoid shin splints, knee problems associated with exercise on a hard surface.  It also has a beneficial effect of restoring bone mass and has been shown to stop osteoporosis from worsening.
  • Balance. Rebounding has been shown to improve balance and coordination because the surface of a rebounder slightly flexes the body in many different directions to give optimal stimulation to the bodies balancing mechanisms.
  • Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Circulation. Rebounding can strengthen the heart muscle (as all of the cells of the body).  As the heart muscles become stronger, they require less work to pump blood throughout the body.  As the muscles of the body become more efficient at using oxygen, they will require less oxygen.  As the lymphatic system becomes more efficient at clearing waste from around the cells blood pressure can be reduced as well as varicose veins.
  • Colds and Sore Throats. Since rebounding directly acts on both the lymphatic and immune systems, even two or three minutes of gentle rebounding frequently, such as four times a day, can help stop the onset of cold and sore throats as reported in some studies.
  • Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes patients are typically prescribed exercise by their doctors as a way to help control the disease.  Rebounding offers a non-strenuous, easy form of exercise that is very efficient.
  • Injury Reduction.  Studies have shown that 27% to 70% of joggers get a running related injury in their first year of running.  Rebounding can help build muscle strength and efficiency to help avoid injuries.
  • Increased metabolism. Regular rebound exercise helps base metabolic rate to become more efficient, resulting in better muscle tone and weight management.  Once you reset your metabolism you can burn more calories at a higher rate and help eliminate the tendency to regain weight.
  • Increased Energy. Many report that rebounding gave them a higher level of energy-and did not leave them exhausted as with strenuous exercises.
  • Natural Facelift. Each cell of your body is like a small balloon.  Rebound exercise puts each cell of your body (including the cells of your facial skin) repeatedly under stress as they resist the increased G-force (which forces the ‘balloon’ of each facial cell to reach maximum elongation and then to reap verse direction again).  Over time, each of cell’s membrane gets thicker, firmer and gains elasticity.  Your facial skin is really like a community of cells.  Regular use of a rebounder can help firm in your facial skin community and increase its elasticity.
  • Build Bone Mass. The NASA study also showed that rebounding was the best exercise to help rebuild the lost bone mass of astronauts caused by extended periods of weightlessness (which caused them to lose up to 15% bone mass in only two weeks in space).  Rebounding can also be used to help prevent osteoporosis and has been shown to actually reverse the lost bone mass.
  • Strengthen Your Spine.  Rebounding as a positive influence on spinal and vertebral disc health by stimulating maximum spinal imbibitions.  This promotes the optimal transfer of nutrients into the disc and the removal of metabolic waste produced out of the disc thereby maintaining and restoring invertible health and function.  (Reported by Dr. David Love, D. C.)
  • Stress and Depression. Dr. Morton Walker writes about the positive effect of rebounding on stress levels.  See Dr. Martin Walker’s a book, “Jumping for Health”, page 82-91, where he describes 30 specific and anti-a stress benefits of rebounding. Avery Publishing Group Inc. Garden City Park, New York).

What if we Added Effective Nutritional Support?

Many of the reports and studies on rebounding only considered one from variable-the effects of rebounding alone.  However, if additional key factors were also employed, such as the use of healthy dietary and lifestyle recommendations as well as a use of specific, life-source nutritional supplements, the effects of rebounding could be even more spectacular.

Yours for better health,

Al Carter, Founder, Author

The Cancer Answer

Rebound Exercise: The Ultimate Exercise of the New Millennium

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