Last Modified on Apr 19, 2014
Rebounding is a fun and effective remedy for multiple ailments. It's one of our favorite health activities at home because it's one of the best remedies for the immune system! Aside from the simple benefit of getting your body moving and burning calories, rebounding also offers a number of very specific health benefits.
What Is Rebounding?
Very simply, rebounding is just jumping or bouncing on a trampoline. However, unlike most trampoline bouncing, the goal of rebounding is not to jump high or to perform a number of intricate gymnastic tricks. Rather, the goal in rebounding is to perform a series of specific small, controlled movements that improve health.
The series typically involves three basic exercises in conjunction with a number of variations on the basics. The three basic moves are the health bounce, the strength bounce, and aerobic bouncing. The health bounce involves gently bouncing up and down leaving the feet intact with the trampoline mat. The strength bounce focuses on jumping as high as you (safely) can and strengthens the primary and stabilizer muscles throughout the body. Aerobic bouncing involves jumping jacks, running in place, bouncing on one foot, dancing, twisting, and completing any variety of other crazy maneuvers you can think of to increase your heart rate and make you sweat.
What Are the Health Benefits of Rebounding?
Aside from the simple benefit of getting your body moving and burning calories, rebounding also offers a number of specific health benefits. The list below includes the 7 things you can do for your body by beginning a rebounding regimen.
1. Increase Lymphatic Flow
Rebounding increases lymphatic circulation better than any other exercise. Lymphatic fluid is responsible for immune function, so stimulating this flow has the effect of boosting white blood cells that eliminate bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and cancer cells.
2. Detoxify the Body
In conjunction with stimulating lymphatic flow, rebounding also initiates detoxification of the body. The process stimulates a pumping action in the body that draws waste out of the cells and pushes oxygen and nutrition in.
3. Increase Cardiovascular Health
Rebounding gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing, which safely improves cardiovascular health.
4. Improve Cell Health
Rebounding is a cellular exercise that helps strengthen the cells of the organs, glands, and tissues.
5. Boost Metabolism
Regular exercise has the effect of increasing metabolism and burning additional calories to support weight control.
6. Improve Digestion
The constant push and pull of rebounding enhances the digestive process and helps in the elimination of cellular waste.
7. Reduce Body Fat
The muscle sculpting practice of rebounding helps eliminate fat and build muscle (and who doesn’t want that).
What's the Cost of a Rebounder?
Rebounders are sold all over the internet and in most sporting goods stores. Amazon.com also sells them starting around $35. You can also check out Craigs List and Ebay for used rebounders in your area.
Whether you are currently following an exercise regimen or not, get a trampoline and start bouncing. Let us know how this simple exercise changes your life and transforms your health! Keep reading below for feedback from Earth Clinic contributors who have tried rebounding for various medical ailments. Tried it? Let us know what you think!
[YEA] My bladder weakness and slight prolapse is improved with rebounding on a mini trampoline. I do kegel pelvic floor exercises, albeit inconsistently, however rebounding 7 mins twice daily (I started at 2 mins and build by 1 daily) has given me the best result. After 1 week I have already noticed that leakage on jumping is almost nonexistent.
Rebounding on the mini-trampoline is the best exercise for Cancer patients. This exercise is gentle and every bounce is pulling toxins from your cells and strengthening your immune system!
[YEA] Rebounding on a mini trapoline and dry skin brushing with a natural bristle body brush before showering has significantly reduced my cellulite. By dry brushing and rebounding, the toxins that are build up are broken down and the lympathic system is cleaned out hence the elimination of cellulite. Must do for at least two weeks to see results. Good Luck!
For the record, anyone reading this who wishes they could use one of those rebounder trampolines, yet can't because they have trouble with their feet hurting too badly from it or toes/calves cramping up:
I use a large inflatable exercise ball (75cm in diameter, comes *with* the pump to pump it up, about $15. -$17. USD from the fitness department at Walmart. They come in all different sizes, so even extra-short or extra-tall folks will be able to find the size that works for them.
Ebay (and maybe Walmart too) also has ruggedized burst-proof balls that can take 600 lbs of bounce-weight, so weight doesn't have to be an issue for this. Some balls are sand-weighted, so they won't go rolling merrily away from you when the time comes to corral them in a corner of the room.
I can sit on it and bounce, it doesn't cramp my calves or hurt my toes and feet, it's great. It's even more fun than jumping on a bed used to be :-). Also- One good strong bounce and it helps you stand up too, when you are ready to get off the ball and stop bouncing :-). You can put on some good music and "dance" :-) your upper body as well.
I have read that lots of folks use those vibrating platforms too, and apparently they work well, from what I have read. There's always a way to do what you have to do. Rocking chairs, while not a direct substitute, are not half bad either for helping your lymph system to keep moving. Or a vibrating recliner, if you have access to one.
All are ways to substitute for forced inactivity, or an inability to work out or walk. These are not exact and direct substitutes, but all good ideas- for somebody out there :-).
Ted, Please help! Does rebounding (trampoline) excercise really get rid of Toxins in your body? See Claim below.
One of rebounding's special benefits is its ability to improve flow in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids the body of toxins, fatigue substances, dead cells, cancer cells, nitrogenous wastes, trapped protein, fatty globules, pathogenic bacteria, infectious viruses, foreign substances, heavy metals, and other assorted junk the cells cast off.
Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa USA