Rebounding on a mini trampoline is one of the most efficient and forceful means of flushing the lymph, while stimulating the immune system and defending against cancer and other ailments.
Think of the lymphatic system as part of your immune system. The lymphatic system is composed of your tonsils, thymus, bone marrow, spleen, lymphatic fluid, vessels and lymph nodes. The thymus and bone marrow produce white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are carried throughout the lymphatic system so that they can attack invaders and infected cells (1).
The lymphatic fluid carries metabolic wastes, toxins and dead cells away from healthy tissues to be eliminated through various means (like mucus, urine, sweat, etc.). The lymph nodes filter the lymphatic fluid, and they capture viruses, bacteria, microbes or toxins so that the lymphocytes can deal with them and prevent us from getting sick. Lymph nodes are found in the neck, groin, armpits, and around your chest and abdomen.
A Toxic World
Our planet has become increasingly toxic over the years. Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, industrial chemicals, household cleaners, fragrances – the list goes on. As our planet becomes congested with debris, our bodies do too.
As we’re bombarded by environmental toxins and toxins in our food, we need to take note and understand the importance of why detoxification is such a critical process in our body.
Because the lymphatic system has no pump (unlike our cardiovascular system), we literally need to move in order to allow our lymphatic system to work properly. Muscle contractions are the only way to encourage lymphatic flow. A healthy flowing lymphatic system means an all-around better time your body will have at detoxification.
The Best Exercise For Your Lymph
Rebounding on a mini trampoline is one of the best ways to encourage lymphatic flow. Bouncing literally forces lymph fluid to start moving.
Rebounding creates an increased G-force resistance (gravitational load), which opens up the lymphatic valves, encouraging lymph flow. The change in gravitational pull occurs the moment you land on the trampoline, and then the moment you leave it, the lymphatic valves open up. The increased G-force that occurs when you land causes a surge of lymphatic drainage, thereby improving circulation and facilitating healthy detox (3).
Rebounding is also very low impact, and can be done for much longer intervals than you could on solid ground without tiring out too quickly.
Rebounding doesn’t only help with the lymphatic system, either, it is also easy on the joints, strengthens cells and improves cardiovascular development, helps with balance, builds physical strength, and encourages muscle development and proprioception.
How to Choose a Good Rebounder
Not all rebounders are created equal. Because many injuries can occur while on a trampoline, it’s important that you don’t go down a cheaper route. Cheaper trampolines can break or malfunction, causing injury. They can also lack the support needed to be effective.
My favourite trampoline is the Bellicon. What I like most about Bellicon is that it is made with high-quality bungee cords instead of metal springs. This makes for a softer, quieter bounce that allows you to jump higher (therefore, maximizing the health benefits).
The Bellicon comes in three different sizes ranging from a 39- to a 49-inch diameter. I have the 44-inch model, and probably wouldn’t recommend going any smaller. In fact, I think the bigger, the better (there’s not much room for error). You can also choose from a variety of colours – you can pick the colour that surrounds the jumping area, as well as the colour of the bungee cords. I chose a blue border and black bungee cords.
You can also choose the strength of the bungee cord, depending on your weight and the type of exercise you plan to do the most. I’m 5’8” and weigh around 150 pounds, so I got the strength labelled as “strong.”
Another cool thing about this rebounder is that you can choose fold-up legs for easy storage. They take as little as 10 seconds to pop back in place when you want to use the trampoline, and another 10 seconds to pop and fold once you’re done using it.
Three Basic Rebounding Exercises
There are three basic rebounding exercises you can try once you get your rebounder. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fresh water before and after. This will facilitate better lymph drainage.
The Health Bounce: gently bounce up and down on a rebounder without having your feet leave the mat. This is the lowest impact, and very effective at moving your lymphatic system. Most people can do this easily for an hour or more, even while watching TV!
The Strength Bounce: this requires jumping as high as you can. It strengthens primary and stabilizer muscles throughout your body, while improving your balance and pumping your lymphatic system. This is what you eventually want to work up to.
The Aerobic Bounce: if you want to go more extreme, you can perform jumping jacks, twists, running in place, bouncing on one leg at a time, dancing, and anything else you can think of.
Bellicon now offers an online home workout platform, which I definitely suggest trying out! It is the first and only rebounding related platform on the web. Their workouts are fun, invigorating, and will definitely get your heart pumping!
Disclaimer: All views and opinions are my own. This particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer. However, the manufacturer did give me the product for testing and review purposes.