A rebounder is just the fancy name for a mini-trampoline, and while it may be small in size, but its benefits are HUGE! According to Dr. Samuel West, D.N., “Rebounding is the best way to circulate the lymphatics. If the lymphatic system is circulating properly, it is practically impossible to get sick.” Lymph fluid–the clear fluid that surrounds the cells–is not circulated by the heart, but must instead be circulated through the lymphatic tubes by muscular activity, changes in atmospheric pressure, and change in gravitational pull.
Now here is the all-important question: What is the best way to keep the lymph circulating in order to speed nutrients to cells and efficiently remove water products? Answer: Rebound exercise has been found the most efficient method of lymphatic circulation stimulation because it yields the greatest change in pressure for the least muscular effort.
Think of it this way: Each full bounce provides approximately two G’s and a minimum of no G’s. All one-way valves are closed at the bottom of the bounce when pressure is highest. At the top of the bounce, the valves open, allowing the upward flow of lymph. Toxins and waste products are squeezed out from cellular tissue spaces, making it possible for the lymphatic system to cleanse them from the body.
How much rebounding is enough? All I can tell you is that Dr. Rogers is recommending 20 minutes a day–not only for lymph circulation, but also for exercising and safely stressing the bones of my spine and hip. I can bounce on the mini-trampoline for 5 minutes at a time, or I can rebound for the full 20 minutes while watching TV or listening to music. (Hint: A good bra helps to keep this exercise comfortable.)
Some people report losing weight by rebounding, without changing anything else about their diet or exercise routine!
I bought my rebounder at Sports Authority, but I’ve also seen them at Wal-Mart. Whether your aim is weight loss, stronger bones, or a smooth-running lymphatic system, rebounding will definitely put some bounce in your step!