A sluggish lymph system can leave you lumped (literally, sometimes) with a huge range of heath problems. Responsible for moving all of the toxins through (and out of) your bod, the importance of the lymph system is often overlooked in remedying a range of ailments.
Sure, we’ve tried deep breathing, we’ve tried lymphatic drainage massages and we’ve sure as hell tried dry brushing. But then we heard that ‘rebounding’, which is essentially just a glorified word for jumping up and down on a trampoline was all the rage for waking up a lazy lymph system, and we’re hooked.
Rebounding bounced into popularity during the 80’s when NASA studied its effects on astronauts, looking for a way to build up their bones and muscles again after they spent time in space. They found that rebounding was an extremely effective way to work the whole body without applying too much pressure to the feet or legs, that the exercise provided less strain on the heart than other forms of activity, and it offered greater cellular benefits than other forms of exercise, like running.
We’re not saying you gotta be an astronaut to rebound (but if the shoe fits…), however it seems like a pretty fail-safe way of adding some serious health benefits into your routine. Here’s why you should incorporate rebounding into your day:
It’s a great form of exercise
You can rebound by either keeping both feet on the trampoline for a super-low intensity form of exercise, or you can leap with a bit more abandon to reap the full benefits of a cardio workout.
Because it’s so low-impact, it’s a stellar choice for anyone who suffers from joint pain or needs to ease back into exercise after a long period of injury. Plus, show us someone who doesn’t feel like a super-happy 5 year old reliving their youth whilst they’re gleefully jumping up and down on a trampoline, and we’ll show you a liar.
It’s super detoxifying
Y’know what we said about the lymph? Well, that’s the system responsible for detoxifying your bod. Without sounding too gross, it’s where all of the toxins sit whilst they wait to be removed; and movement is one of the best ways to get things goin’.
Turns out, vertical motion workouts such as rebounding are extremely beneficial and more efficient than horizontal motion workouts such as jogging or running, because the lymph fluid always moves in the same direction. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, up the arms and up the torso, which is is why the vertical up-and-down movement of rebounding is so effective at pumping lymph.
Team a bounce or two in the morning with this ultra-detoxifying smoothie, then sit back and feel smug about it all day. We won’t judge.
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Your immune system will thank you
Because of your speedier and more efficient removal of toxins, your overall immune health will seriously thank you after a sesh on the old trampoline. Who knew?!
The movement of rebounding stimulates all of your internal organs. All of the cells in the body become stronger in response to the increased G-force during rebounding, and this cellular exercise results in the self-propelled immune cells being up to five times more active.
Sounds like a pretty fun prevention method as we head into cold and flu season, if you ask us.
Lastly, if you needed even more encouragement to get online and snap up a trampoline of your own; remember that it’s NASA-approved, so there’s that.