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Rebounding for Health

There is an often ignored system in the body that is crucial to good health. We tend to not think about the lymphatic system until it cries out for attention, usually when the lymph nodes swell during some kind of illness or infection. The lymphatic system really shouldn’t be ignored. It is essential to the immune system, proper hydration, and the removal of waste and toxins. The body circulates 4 to 5 times more lymph fluid than blood each and every day, but the lymphatic system doesn’t have an organ, like the heart, to pump this fluid around.

Lymph fluid must rely on our movements to circulate this vital liquid throughout the body. That means every muscle we move during the day helps move lymph a little along its journey up tiny vessels. Walking, breathing, taking the stairs, jogging to catch a taxi, swinging our arms, and even scrubbing dishes all help, but exercise is especially important—the more vigorous, the better.

This is where rebounding shines. Bouncing on a small trampoline, or rebounding, moves lymph fluid quickly and efficiently through lymphatic vessels. This lets the lymphatic system fully do its job as it recycles blood plasma from the tissues back into the blood stream, removes excess fat, cleans up toxins that are created during cellular metabolism or as old cells are broken down, eliminates dangerous microorganisms, and delivers immune cells where they are needed. Without the lymphatic system in place, toxins, waste, bacteria, and viruses would just sit in the tissues, building up and poisoning organs and tissues. Clearing the waste that builds up in tissues also makes room for fresh plasma, full of liquid suspended vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients ready to refresh the cells. The better lymph fluid flows, the healthier we are.

The lymphatic system isn’t the only part of the body to get joy out of rebounding. The heart gets a good workout too, improving performance and the transportation of oxygen. Rebounding—like jogging, running, and jump rope—is a cardiovascular exercise. Rebounding also strengthens cells and bones. Your weight doubles at the bottom of the bounce and you are weightless are the top. This puts strain on every cell, muscle, and bone while being gentle on the knees and other joints. The body responds to this healthy stress by building up and rejuvenating those cells, muscles, and bone. It encourages the absorption and use of vitamins like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Rebounding also reduces stress and improves digestion.

There are many ways to exercise while rebounding. You can bounce, of course, slowly or rigorously, jog, shuffle, sprint, do leg kicks, lift the knees, twist, do jumping jacks, and much more. Due to the gravitational forces created while bouncing, you burn more calories rebounding than jogging while protecting joints from the shock of pounding against the pavement. This makes rebounding a great way to achieve healthy weight loss, tone muscles, and detoxify all at the same time.

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