Posted by: RawGuru in rebounder, needak on
Dec 14, 2010
Winter weather has made it’s irrefutable appearance and the cold weather, rain, and darker days have set in. This is always a hard adjustment for me, one who lives for outdoor activities, cycling, hiking, trips to the sunny beach and my regular jogs through the neighborhood and parks around my home. Being active is one of the most important aspects of my life, and probably even more so in the winter. The lack of sunlight in the winter can really throw a person’s mental outlook through a bit of a loop. I’ve found regular and consistent exercise to be the number one thing to help with the winter blues, gloominess, or Sunlight Affected Disorder. Also for staving off viruses and bacteria that circulate around this time of year, getting the circulation pumping and the body oxygenated is of utmost importance. Since the days are shorter, and often times it’s just too cold to go outside for a run I have started getting back into rebounding in my bedroom!
I have been shocked at what a full body work out i can get from my rebounding sessions. After 45 minutes I am soaked in sweat and feel just as great as if I had spent that amount of time running. I crank up whatever music I’m in the mood for and open the window as far as it will go to get as much fresh air as possible. I almost forget about the fact that I’m indoors and it’s pitch black outside. Of course I’m not just bouncing up and down nonchalantly, I’m doing kicks, running in place with intensity and speed, and throwing some punches as well. Rebounding has really become a love and a joy for me, and the health benefits actually go beyond what you would get from a normal cardio routine.
Rebounding has some unique benefits due to the up and own motion caused by bouncing. During rebounding, the trampoline causes the body to go through different stages of force: Gravity, acceleration, and deceleration. The weightlessness experienced at the top of the jump causes the lympathic system to drain and move much more efficiently, clearing out waste and toxins from the body. This can create more rapid detoxification, and is really helpful during the winter when sickness circulates more rampantly. It’s like a super boost for the immune system. The lymph system runs vertically throughout the body by way of vessels, and acts as a vital transportation system for nutrients going into cells and waste moving out. While blood is pumped throughout the body via the heart, the lymph system lacks an actually pump, and so without exercise and deep breathing it can become very stagnant. The gentle bouncing motion of rebounding acts like a pump to the lymphatic system and you get benefits whether you are working out with intensity or at a more casual pace.