The One Where I Get My Bounce Back
By Emma Frew
It’s been a while since I’ve been on a trampoline. After a bad experience at a gymnastics summer club where I couldn’t ‘do’ the trampoline, did you even know that was a thing? No neither did I until every time I jumped up ready to live out all my Olympic dreams, I fell back down. I basically lost my bounce. No flips, twirls or sit jumps for me. I had to abstain trampolining for the rest of the semester due to the hilarity from the other students that would ensue when I took my turn (I also couldn’t climb the ropes, walk the balance beam or do the bars, looking back it wasn’t a great summer for me). So since then I’ve felt like me and trampolines weren’t destined to be together again but that was until I found out about rebounding.
So what is rebounding? Well let’s consult the internet’s most reliable source... Wikipedia
“Rebound exercise is a type of elastically leveraged low-impact exercise usually performed on a device known as a rebounder—sometimes called a "mini-trampoline"—which is directly descended from regular sports or athletic trampolines.”
It’s basically jumping up and down or doing specific moves on a really small, mini trampoline that you can keep inside your house.
I first heard about rebounding when I was trying to find ways to help my lymphatic system drain faster. Having an auto immune disease like I do means you want to detox your system as quickly as possible to help your healing journey. Everything that I’ve researched and read pointed to rebounding being nearly always number on the list of lymphatic drainage helpers.
Your lymphatic system is made up of your tonsils, bone marrow, thymus, spleen, vessels, lymph nodes and lymphatic fluid. Your lymphatic fluid has your white blood cells in it, which travel around the lymphatic system fighting infection. It’s basically the biggest part of your immune system, the part that keeps you healthy or at least tries too.
There is about three times the amount of lymphatic fluid in your body than there is of your blood. Our blood has it’s own pump that detoxifies it in our system but the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump. Breathing and moving is what sends this magical fluid around your body and out through your sweat and other pathways (think... going to the toilet) . So it could do with a help sometimes . If your someone who doesn’t move a lot or can’t move a lot then your drainage system might feel more sluggish and you might feel sicker more often and for longer. Our lymphatic fluid also carries the bodies toxins, it’s trying to remove them and the slower it removes them the longer they are in your body. The aim is to have a fast moving lymphatic system, so it can help you fight disease and infection and also detox your body from any illness your trying to recover from.
That’s where the rebounder comes in. Amongst other things, rebounding is a great way to help become the ‘pump’ for your lymphatic fluid. See, it’s all about the jump and the G force. It helps the one way valves that your lymphatic system is made up of, so every time you bounce they are opened and the fluid encouraged to move. NASA even did a big experiment on this in the 80’s and there have been other studies since that show the direct benefit to your lymphatic drainage system by using a rebounder rather than other exercise.
The other bonus of rebounding is that it’s really gentle on your body too. If you aren’t well enough or don’t have the use of your legs then you can either place your feet on the rebounder or sit on it while someone else jumps and your drainage system is still effected or if you are older or recovering from illness you can bounce without removing your feet from the trampoline and still receive the benefits.
If your able, it’s recommended that you bounce for at least 30 minutes throughout your everyday. Some people break this up and do 5 minutes of jumping every hour or some like to do it in the one go. If you can go for even longer that’s even better, some people like to watch a show and jump gently throughout. Listen to your body, start off slow and as always talk to your doctor regarding new exercise if your concerned.
When it comes to this time of year I like to try and do anything and everything that I can to support my immune system and this year it’s rebounding. I’m so excited to add this to my healing routine and even with my trampoline history, it’s really fun and I think I’ve finally, maybe got my bounce back.
You can buy rebounders from most sport shops or amazon. Prices usually start at around £30 and can go all the way up to a couple of hundred pounds depending on what brand and quality your looking for.