Raise your hand if you’ve ever jumped on a trampoline. Pretty much everyone, right? And we all know that bouncy houses are awesome and trampoline parks are all the rage. You probably didn’t know this, but all that bouncing is actually one of the best things you could do for detox and for your lymphatic system. And if you’ve never heard the term rebounding before, it just means bouncing on a mini trampoline.
My boys have grown up in a house where we keep one or two rebounders in the den at all times. They are a huge hit and I can’t tell you how many kids (and adults) have come over and ended up bouncing! They bring out the kids in all of us, but they’re also incredibly beneficial to our health.
There are actually SO MANY benefits of rebounding to include increased a stronger immune system, enhanced digestion and cellulite reduction. (Ummm, did you read that last one???) Check out the list below of awesome things that happen when you jump on a rebounder.
Benefits of Rebounding
- Boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function
- Increases bone mass/density
- Enhances digestion and elimination
- Low impact workout that is more than twice as effective as running
- Stimulates mitochondrial production
- Improves balance and posture
- Challenges and strengthens core muscles
- Helps improve sleep quality
- Supports pelvic floor health
- Helps circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy
- Improves muscle tone throughout the body
- Can reduce cellulite
- Reduces risk of cancer (due to lymphatic cleansing)
I don’t know about you, but I like the sound of all of those things. But today we’re going to focus on the importance of rebounding for detoxification. So let’s first get a basic lesson on the lymphatic system.
—-> Remember people, I’m all about keeping things simple so please excuse my non-sciencey language if you’re super smart and like the big words. You will need to find a different blog if that’s your bag.
What Is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is responsible for protecting our bodies against infection and other harmful agents. This body system is responsible for carrying nutrients to the cells in your body and taking waste products away — think of it as the metabolic trash can of our bodies. It is the drainage system for everything the cells don’t use. But unlike the cardiovascular system which keeps pumping as long as the heart is beating, the lymphatic system does not have an internal pump and relies on our physical activity in order to move the lymph. When the lymph remains stagnant, all of the cells are left to just stew in their own waste products and are actually starved for nutrients. Yuck. This is not a good scenario and sets the scene for all sorts of dis-ease, to include arthritis, cancer, and other degenerative diseases.
But the good news is that moving your lymph is quite easy when you know what to do. And even better than that, it’s actually fun!
How Rebounding Stimulates the Lymphatic System
Bouncing or jumping on a rebounder allows our bodies to utilize vertical motion which is extremely effective at moving lymph. Lymph fluid moves through vessels which contain one-way valves, meaning the fluid always moves in the same direction up toward the neck. It has to continually work against gravity to move lymph fluid to lymph nodes, so we need to give it a little boost. When we bounce, our bodies reach a state of weightlessness (you know, that experience at the top of a rollercoaster that makes your belly feel funny) and allows the lymphatic valves to open. Then when we reach the bottom of a bounce and we experience twice the force of gravity, the lymphatic valves snap shut.
In other words, the force of gravity on the body fluctuates, going from a heavy load at the bottom of your bounce to almost zero at the top. This exercise stimulates the one-way valves in your lymphatic system to remove toxins and waste from the body.
The More You Know
A quick tidbit about toxins. They’re everywhere, you guys. We all encounter toxins every day of our lives. Food, personal care products, and home products contain chemicals, hormones and preservatives that challenge our digestive and endocrine systems. Since people are more sedentary than ever, many of those toxins stay trapped in our cells. When you think of it that way, it’s really motivating to invest in a rebounder and devote 10-15 minutes a day to support this important piece of the healthy living puzzle.
But also remember to make conscious choices to limit your toxic load! That way you’re taking the double whammy approach — reducing the number of toxins you’re exposed to PLUS being proactive about getting them the heck out of your body.
My Tips and Recommendations
*Even though this exercise is fun, you will need to build your endurance! Just like any fitness routine, start slow.
*Consider purchasing a rebounder with a handle for safety. Balance is imperative for safety, so make sure you feel confident with your set up. Most handles are removable.
*Don’t be discouraged if you can’t bounce very long without having to dash to the bathroom. As your pelvic floor strengthens, this won’t be an issue! Poise pads are also a good idea in the beginning.
*Invest in a decent rebounder. My favorite ones are Needak and Bellicon. They are not cheap, but they last forever and are so much safer because of the construction and number of springs. I’ve personally owned several Needak rebounders and they have all lasted well over a decade.
*Make it FUN! Turn on your favorite music, put on your favorite podcast, or look up a rebounder workout on YouTube. I used to teach rebounder classes, so there are lots of variations you can learn. But remember, all you need to do is experience the weightlessness of a bounce to get the benefits.
*If you want to try before you buy, look for a local rebounder class in your area and give it a whirl. Many gyms and studios offer beginner classes or will even let you come try one out if you ask.
What do you think? Are you going to give it a try? Let me know what you think!