I have to admit that I had never heard the term “rebounding” (except as relates to basketball) or “rebounding exercises” until last year. Or if I did, I wasn’t really aware of it. I was a bit surprised to figure out that bounding or bouncing on a mini-trampoline is called “rebounding.” Of course it made sense. But it was an “Aha! moment when I (finally) put it together.
Tony Told Me to Do It!
I was attending an Anthony Robbins live event in sunny Southern California, and somewhere around day three, he mentioned the great benefits of rebounding. When I had noticed it earlier in the workbook, I was thinking of ’emotionally rebounding,’ or perhaps even rebounding a basketball (“crashing the boards” – something I’m not close to being capable of). But then, Mr. Robbins pulled out his rebounder from backstage, started bouncing on it and demonstrated how easy it is to use. He told us that he always has a rebounder backstage, and Tony went on to mention some of the many health benefits. Well… I was intrigued!
The Bosu Ball for Starters
Well, I found out that It’s definitely easy to use, and I didn’t even own a rebounder! However, when I got home from the event, all excited about what I learned about rebounding exercises, I realized that I already owned a substitute piece of exercise equipment that might do the trick, at least temporarily. (Note – If you can and do try the following suggestion/concept, be careful, as it probably requires a bit more coordination than a rebounder!) I started to bounce, or rebound, on a Bosu Ball.
A Bosu Ball is essentially a big, half-ball with a flat bottom, that you can stand on to improve your balance – or as I found out, gently bounce on! I think you can imagine that a flat mini-trampoline, an actual rebounder, is probably even easier to use. Because the Bosu Ball is rounded, it targets the outer calf muscles and the outer ankle more than an actual rebounder. But I was just starting to get my bounce on!
Needless to say, an actual rebounder is a better, easier way to go, so be sure to skip my starting step, and go right to what makes sense: a rebounder (aka a mini-trampoline). Some of them even have safety handles if you’re concerned about losing your balance.
Main Benefit – Move the Lymph
Since then, I’ve learned that the body’s lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump (as opposed to the circulatory system, for example, which has the heart for pumping the blood). Therefore, to keep the lymph moving, we need exercise and movement, or at least deep breathing, which helps move the lymph.
Why is this important? Lymph transports many toxins out of the body, and is like a big, whole-body filtration system. Imagine that stagnation in the body just leaves the lymph stuck where it is, and all those toxins begin to pile up. Not good, certainly in the long run. Well, rebounding exercises help to move the lymph around from head to toe, and keeps the toxin flowing out of your body!
Next time: Mom’s Lymphedema
I recently made the connection between the importance of moving the lymph (easily done via rebounding exercises, by the way) when I was reminded of a struggle my mother faced: a serious lymph condition called lymphedema. Her case was relatively rare, but it really demonstrates the importance of keeping the lymph flowing. I’ll go into more detail on the lymphedema next time. Stay tuned, bounders!