Friday, June 17, 2011

Why Rebounding?

Rebounding on a mini trampoline, for those of us suffering from Dercum's and/or other fat disorders, may arguably be the best form of exercise for our bodies. Lymph fluid depends mainly upon muscular contraction to pump it throughout the body and rebounding exercises are one of the best ways to help our lymphatic systems do so.  Studies have shown that even moderate rebounding for a few minutes a day can significantly increase the effectiveness of the lymph system resulting in immeasurable health benefits.

Just a note: We want to address the "No Exercise" rule floating around out there.  The rule is actually no excessive or strenuous exercise.  Doing stints of 10 minutes at a time (up to 3 times or more a day) is perfectly fine for most of us.  Start small and listen to your body. As always, please check with your doctor before changing your level of activity or diet. 

Don't have a trampoline or feel unbalanced or dizzy if on one?  Keeping the bouncing/rebounding motion in mind, here are a few other exercises and tips that may help:

  • Buy a trampoline with a stabilizer bar so you can hold on while exercising
  • Use a chair or wall for balance with any standing exercises including rebounding on a trampoline without a bar
  • Raise yourself up and down on your toes
  • Sit on an exercise ball and bounce
  • Sit on the edge of your bed and bounce
  • Also use a Shake Weight (c) while doing any of the above for added benefit to your arms
  • If you are still up for a challange but have sore joints, try doing lunges instead of jumping jacks

So, long ago when our moms yelled at us for jumping on our beds, we were actually doing our bodies some good.  Get to bouncing!