Additional Health Benefits Using a Mini-Trampoline
By Dave Hubbard, America’s Fitness Coach®
For years now I have done my resistance running workout in my home office, which is in the basement. It has a Berber carpet with not much padding. Initially I did the resistive run on a door mat, which provided some extra padding and kept the carpet from wearing out. I began thinking about how I could add additional padding—though the sprinting against resistance is very low impact on hips, knees joints; it never hurts to eliminate any joint stress if possible.
While considering what I could use to add more padding under my feet, I remembered reading about the a mini trampoline. A light went on! Why not do my burst training resistive run on a mini trampoline? I acquired one, used it for my next workout and was pleasantly surprised. It worked really well. What I especially liked about it was my ability—because of the extra bounce in each step—to significantly increase the intensity of the run, and bring my knees higher. The net effect of this was an even better leg workout, and all with virtually no impact on my back, hips,
knees and ankles.
Bottom line: I highly recommend using a mini trampoline for the resistive walk/run. Here is some additional information and benefits of using one:
All may benefit from using a mini trampoline
Rebounding offers an exercise that can be adjusted to your fitness level, is easy on your joints and back, and can be done in your home at your convenience. The rebounding device is a mini-trampoline with a flexible jumping surface measuring 28 to 36 inches in diameter and set six to nine inches off the ground.
The jumping mat is attached to the frame with a series of coil springs, providing a good rebound while remaining firm on the downward bounce. Unlike a regular trampoline, the rebounding device is not meant for bouncing high or performing gymnastic tricks. Researchers at the University of Kentucky, in conjunction with NASA, concluded that the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater on a trampoline than with regular running.
According to the Healthy Cell News, other rebounding benefits include decreasing headaches (both frequency and strength), reducing back and joint pains, alleviating arthritic symptoms, such as pain and inflammation, and boosting energy levels. Because the exercise provided by rebounding is sufficiently gentle, both the elderly and the pregnant can safely participate.
Helps move the Lymph
One of special benefits of using a mini trampoline is its ability to improve flow in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids the body of toxins, fatigue substances, dead cells, cancer cells, nitrogenous wastes, trapped protein, fatty globules, pathogenic bacteria, infectious viruses, foreign substances, heavy metals, and other assorted junk the cells
Stagnant or inadequate lymph flow is associated with the onset of many symptoms and illnesses, including bursitis in the shoulders, bunions, joint stiffness or soft tissue spasms, dry flaking skin, bad breath, body odors, lethargy, depression, and cancer. Unlike the circulatory system with the heart as its pump, the lymph system lacks a pump to move the fluid. It is vital that the lymph fluids continue to flow in order to eliminate waste from the body. The flow is dependent on muscle contractions and body movements, massage and other forms of compression, and gravity. One of the best ways to stimulate this flow is by exercising.
The lymph system consists of lymph nodes which are clusters of immune tissue that work as filters or “inspection stations” for detecting foreign and potentially harmful substances in the lymph fluid. Acting like spongy filter bags, lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, which is the body’s master drain. While the body has many dozens of lymph nodes, they are mostly clustered in the neck, armpits,
chest, groin, and abdomen.
Lymph fluid (1-2 quarts) accounts for 1-3% of body weight. Exercise can increase lymph flow by 15
Exercising on a mini trampoline stimulates the Lymph
Exercising on a mini trampoline specifically stimulates the flow of lymph fluid. The change in gravitational forces experienced during rebounding allows for greater blood flow, which in turn increases the amount of waste products flushed from cells.
“The lymphatic [flow] becomes very active during exercise but sluggish under resting conditions,” states Arthur C. Guyton, M.D., chairman of the department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and author of Basic Human Physiology. “During exercise, the rate of lymph flow can increase to as high as 14 times normal because of the increased activity.” This happens because the lymph ducts expand during rebounding. The increased lymph flow flushes more toxins through the lymphatic
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