By Scott Miners.
My sister and I sought every opportunity in our childhood to find a springy bed and jump up and down upon it. I recently learned that this simple activity, happy as it was, stimulated and exercised every cell in the body. Not only that, it strengthens the cardiovascular system and immune system as it pumps the lymphatic valves in ways no other exercises ever do.
It does even more. Let’s take a look further at this remarkable, simple, and joyful exercise.
The Immune Building and Health Benefits of Rebounding.
When you rebound lightly, as in the health bounce, you strengthen your body’s immune system (the rebound action increases your white blood cell count temporarily), promote cellular repair, attain absolute potential of cells, circulate more oxygen to the tissues, reduce arterial pressure, increase production of red blood cells, improve transmission of nerve impulses, obtain relief from headaches and neck and back pain, increase mental performance, slow aging…and much more, according to Morton Walker, D.P.M. (Jumping for Health).
You can also jump, do aerobic exercise, custom jog, run and more on your rebounder….
The Lymph System.
The lymphatic fluid is a clear liquid that contains the body’s T- and B-cells. The lymphatic system, as Dr.Morton Walker refers to it in his book Jumping for Health, is the “metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids you of toxins, such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous wastes, fat, infectious viruses, heavy metals, and other material cast off by the cells.” CJ Puotinen outlined how modern living and clothing, such as bras, and lack of exercise lead to constriction of the lymph system or allow it to lag and become clogged. (See “The Lymph System, Cancer and Removing Cellular Waste,” January/February 2014, Vol. 23, No. 1)
When you rebound, you are helping your cells metabolize, cleanse and renew, and you are helping your lymph system to pump and drain out the body’s waste.
From Well Being Journal, July/August 2001, Vol. 10, No. 4., out of print.
About the Author:
Scott E. Miners is editor of Well Being Journal as well as a free-lance journalist. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona (1972) in political science; he studied law at Western State University College of Law of San Diego and counseling and interpersonal communications at Seattle University.