Healthy Friday: Bouncing for a healthy body and mind

Why rebound?

  • Bouncing, also known as rebounding, is recommended for weight loss, fitness and recuperation.
  • The South African Cancer Association (CANSA) has endorsed a rebounding programme for its effectiveness in lymphatic drainage.
  • We all know that exercise causes feel-good endorphins to flood our bodies. For this reason many health practitioners recommend it for treating stress and depression.

When you rebound

  • When you rebound, you bounce approximately 100 times per minute.
  • At the top of each bounce, you weigh nothing. For a split second you are weightless, there is no pull, pressure or drag from anything.
  • At the bottom of the bounce the mat absorbs your impact, slowing your fall and then gently lifts you back up into weightlessness.
  • Every single cell, fluid and molecule in your body experiences this a 100 times per minute.
  • The effect is subtle, but powerful and exhilarating. You’ll feel more energised after each session – even after just three minutes.
  • Your cells ‘are turned on’ as you bounce by recharging them with bio-electricity. This happens because bouncing continuously moves you up and down through Earth’s magnetic field.

Here’s how rebounding works

  • As with the Faraday Principle energy is created around all the cells in your body as you bounce up and down 100 times per minute. This energy boosts your sense of well being and your ability to think clearly, creatively and positively.
  • Using a good quality rebounder is essential. It needs to have an absorbent buoyant bounce that is safe and enjoyable to use. The springs need to be large enough to absorb the impact from your joints. These units may cost slightly more than lower quality units, but they still cost only a fraction of the price of most home exercise equipment.
  • Your feet don’t have to leave the mat, you can bounce gently while breathing deeply and enjoying the relaxing motion. You can also bounce more vigorously – anything from three to thirty minutes.
  • It is a multitasking exercise and works quickly. When you’re not feeling well, the thought of an hour’s exercise can be daunting, but with rebounding you may feel better in a short time. Dr Morton Walker, says in his book Jumping for Health that two minutes of vigorous rebounding offers similar benefits to six minutes of running, ten minutes of swimming and 22 minutes of walking.
  • Elimination processes become more regular, removing waste and toxins and bloating is reduced.
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