Two minutes to improved health!
Statistics show only 4 per cent of us get enough physical activity on a daily basis while only half of Baby Boomers exercise at all. Given current obesity rates, what can be done to change that?
What if you could do only one, low impact, fun exercise? What if that exercise could power up your immune system to fight diseases like cancer, more effectively, while also helping you manage weight? What if that were possible in one third the time other exercise takes? What if that exercise could chase fat and cellulite while making you ultra-healthy? What if that exercise would address isotonic and isometric exercise, flexibility, aerobics and calisthenics all at once? t would seem that exercise would be too good to be true. But it does exist.
Van Halen got it right when he sang, "Might as well jump!" It may sound like a fantasy, but the exercise that delivers on all of those claims and more, is rebounding. According to author Albert E. Carter in his book, The Miracles of Rebound Exercise, "Rebound exercise is the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man." And NASA claims, "...for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the bio-mechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running...."
Having witnessed the swift destruction of cancer in my own husband four years ago, I worried for my own health. His passing inspired many hours of research as to what approaches I could take to fortify myself against a potential strike by the same devastating disease. Nutrition was not the problem for me. I had developed the Eat Clean lifestyle and in so doing had lost a dangerous excess of 84 pounds.
Exercise also became part of my daily routine. But when someone gifted me a rebounder, the way I exercised changed. I saw changes in my body that hadn't appeared though weight lifting and traditional cardiovascular training.
When I learned that the cardiovascular burn from rebounding for 15 minutes was similar to running for thirty minutes, I thought I would test the validity of that. In preparation for a 10K Turkey Trot one Thanksgiving, I decided to only use my rebounder and work my training time up from 15 minutes a day to 45. Then I ran the race. I felt fabulous and had the lungs and engine to propel me forward. The theory proved correct. I could shrink training time and get the same result, through rebounding. I've been doing it ever since.
The benefits of rebounding extend far past cardiovascular. All 75 trillion cells in your body, adjust to the increased load resulting from the aligned forces of gravity, acceleration and deceleration, by becoming stronger and flexing each cell up to 100 times per minute. Just imagine your cells getting a three dimensional weight workout every time you bounce. As cells strengthen, they improve their function, increasing their ability to perform their specific tasks.
Stronger cells are wonderful but how do they benefit our immune system? Rebounding is also known as "lymphasizing" because the exercise stimulates the lymphatic system. With no pump of its own, lymph vessels need to be squeezed by active skeletal muscles in order to take out accumulated toxins. In as little as two minutes of rebounding, your entire lymphatic system is flushed and cleansed. During those two minutes, about as long as it takes to send an email, the white blood cell count triples and remains tripled for an hour afterward.
Since those WBCs are responsible for attacking and destroying pathogens and prions that make us ill, this is a powerful way to stay healthy. For an entire 60 minutes after rebounding, they go into hyper-mode as they locate, eliminate and destroy cancer cells, toxins and other disease agents. (Source: naturalnews.com)
Rebounding benefits continue. An hour after jumping for two short minutes, the WBC count returns to normal. If we wanted to optimize the immune enhancing effect of rebounding, we could do two-minute rebounding sessions, every waking hour of the day, to launch the lymphatic flush described above. Repeated short sessions, powerfully enhance healing, cleansing, drainage, oxygenation, and activation of the immune system.
Longer jumping sessions stimulate digestion, disease prevention, weight management, tone and tighten, strengthen bones and muscles, and increase endurance. Rebounding sessions done with hand held weights particularly enhance this effect.
In response to our increasingly toxic food supply and environment, cancer and obesity rates are climbing at a rate that makes prevention a necessary option for supporting our immune system. The WHO (World Health Organization) predicts 25 million new cancer cases per year by 2035, nearly double the current rate. And the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) confirms, nearly two thirds of the global population is overweight or obese.
Prevention is the surest form of defence and is best addressed through lifestyle changes made in relation to nutritional wellness, social/emotional wellness and physical activity. Rebounding seems like the ideal way to boost health while having fun too.
Note: Follow up rebounding activities by doing a thorough seasonal cleanse like my 4-Week Eat-Clean Diet® Spring Cleanse.
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