Why rebounding is the best immune-boosting exercise
You might wonder how rebounding is linked to a healthy immune system, but the truth is, rebounding is one of the best things you can do for enhanced immunity. While all exercise is great for a healthy mind and body- rebounding is simply on another level when it comes to stimulating your white blood cells to fight infections.
This is one of the main reasons why I love this form of exercise so much- because it has hidden benefits that few other exercise modalities do. So, besides assisting with weight loss, and helping you to feel fitter and stronger, rebounding will keep you healthy too.
With the rising spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), there’s no doubt that you need to focus on building a healthy, strong immune system to ward off infections.
Here’s why rebounding is ideal to practice throughout this period (and beyond):
It assists with lymph drainage and detoxing
The lymphatic system relies on movement of the diaphragm and other skeletal muscles to act as a ‘pump’ and keep the lymph moving through your system. All forms of physical activity will increase lymphatic flow, but studies have shown that rebound exercise has a much greater effect on this system than any other form of exercise.
The motion of bouncing stimulates the immune system and helps your body get rid of toxins through increased lymph drainage.
Also, the great thing about rebounding is that it stimulates the flow of lymph through the nodes, increasing the circulation of immune cells throughout the body.
Just two minutes of gentle bouncing can triple your lymphocyte count, greatly enhancing your body’s ability to destroy cancer cells.
It boots the immune system
Studies show that rebounding (and being airborne for brief periods) improves the body’s immune system and ability to fight off infections. It does this by increasing white blood cell count and increasing lymph fluid circulation, which helps to expel toxins from the body. These findings were published in the journal, Physiologist in 1979.
It helps to prevent cancer
Rebounding is considered one of the best forms of physical activity you can do to both prevent and assist in the cure of cancer.
How? There are 3 main ways:
It improves lymph circulation
Improving lymph circulation will increase the rate at which toxins and other cancer-forming chemicals are removed from the cells and transported to the organs where they can be expelled from the body.
It supports the immune system
Your immune system is your first line of defence against cancer. It’s able to identify and destroy cancer cells before they can proliferate and spread. Because rebounding boosts the immune system, it helps to build a strong, healthy body.
It increases oxygen intake
One of the primary causes of cancer is oxygen deprivation at the cellular level. Cancer cells are anaerobic and can’t survive in an oxygen-rich environment. Rebounding greatly increases the oxygenation of the body and therefore creates an unhospitable environment for cancer cells to grow and thrive.
According to Linda Brooks, author of Rebounding and Your Immune System, gentle bouncing on a rebounder for two minutes out of every hour is good therapy for preventing and treating cancer.
Remarkably, rebounding can help to decrease or alleviate the symptoms associated with these diseases and conditions:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cerebral palsy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Blindness (vision impairment)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart problems (post heart attack)
- Auto-immune issues
- Down Syndrome
- Cystic fibrosis
- Learning disabilities
It’s low impact
Rebounding is one of the only exercises suitable for people of all ages, including kids and the elderly. It’s also been proven to be a good post-operative form of exercise (once you have the all-clear to exercise from your doctor) because it doesn’t put additional strain on the joints or ligaments. This makes it ideal for those with knee, hip and back problems, as well as those who are overweight or obese.
And just the fact that you can continue exercising, regardless of your “limitations” means that rebounding offers a no-excuses way to train and get those endorphins going!
It’s fun and boosts “feel-good” endorphins
There’s no doubt that rebounding helps to ward off depression and anxiety. In fact, you can’t help but smile whenever you bounce. Because it’s so much fun to do, people tend to bounce consistently – which has long-term positive effects for the immune system. It also helps to reduce levels of the stress-hormone, cortisol, and it’s been found to enhance relaxation – which helps you sleep better too!
If you’re looking for fun, stimulating classes to do in the comfort of your own home, I have plenty of class-style workouts on my Online Store, ranging from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. I guarantee, you’ll never get bored once you start.
Don’t have a rebounder? You can pre-order my exclusive LR Rebounder now at a discounted price for the starter kit, and wait just a few weeks for new stock to arrive.
In the meantime, grab a set of resistance bands here and try one of my printable resistance band workouts. (Resistance bands are great at-home exercise tools because they’re easily portable, lightweight and help to strengthen and tone the muscles).