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The Key to Health and Longevity

Energy isnt just about the food you eat and the air you breathe. Its also dependent on the state of your body. Without exercise the body loses muscle tone, it accumulates tension and you feel tired. Exercise improves the circulation and oxygenates the blood, which is a natural high in itself and increases your energy level. The benefits of exercise have been researched, and evidence is overwhelming. Regular exercise improves the function of the heart and lungs and strengthens muscles to give more stamina. It keeps joints mobile, increases circulation so that the skin looks healthier, helps prevent heart disease and prostate, colon, and breast cancer, lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of diabetes, and helps weight loss. Exercise may help alleviate premenstrual tension and menstrual pain, and strengthens bones by increasing their mineral content, which reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Research has revealed that exercise can improve mood, lift depression, boost self-esteem, lessen anxiety, and enable us to cope better with stress. It encourages sound sleep, improves immune function and helps us live longer. All human activity - physical or mental - is powered by energy converted from food that has been eaten and oxygen that has been breathed into the lungs. Sedentary people often feel less energetic than those who exercise regularly. Exercise actually increases the body's ability to produce energy effectively. A flexible body with good muscle tone, and with an efficient heart and lungs well synchronized with the circulation, can help create a sense of physical wholeness. This makes us feel energized and ready to deal with life's demands. Being physically fit is not just a matter of running up the stairs without panting. Physical fitness depends on good circulation, physical strength and stamina, and a supple body. Cardiovascular endurance is the ability of the heart, blood vessels, and blood to carry oxygen to the cells and to carry waste products away from them. Muscular endurance is the capability of muscles to maintain repeated exercise, and muscular strength is a capacity to carry, lift, push, or pull a heavy load. Flexibility is the ability of joints to move through their full range of motion - they will not move easily if muscle fibers are too tight. Aerobic exercise is vigorous activity requiring a sustained supply of oxygen, which is pumped to the muscles via the blood. Anaerobic exercise consists of brief bursts of activity during which there is no time for blood to pump oxygen to the muscles, so they draw on chemical processes that produce lactic acid, a waste product that can cause muscle fatigue and cramps. If you stop exercising, the benefits gained can be lost within a matter of weeks. Therefore if you are very busy, or restricted by an injury, it's better to maintain a reduced exercise routine rather than give up altogether. Exercise can boost brainpower. As we grow older, keeping fit helps feed the brain with oxygen and maintains mental alertness. In one study, sedentary older people showed improvement in various mental tasks after four months of moderate exercise. To function, the brain depends on glucose (carbohydrates) and oxygen carried in the cardiovascular system. If there are insufficient amounts of these, brain cells die, giving weight to the old adage that if you don't use it, you lose it. Some researchers believe that exercise requiring coordination and mental agility, such as tennis or racquetball may generate more connections between nerve cells. Exercise is nature's antidepressant. Physiological changes in the body and brain can induce elation when we exercise, and depression and anxiety when we do not. During exercise, body temperature rises by two or three degrees, giving a sense of warm relaxation. Endorphins, the body's natural opiates, are released, and the alpha brain waves associated with relaxation become more dominant. Sustained exercise burns the stress chemicals accumulated during an inactive day and, after exercise, the body's natural relaxation response returns body and mind to a regenerative state. It might take 6-8 weeks for exercise to change the body and improve body image, but it can change your mood at once. Vigorous activity is usually followed by 1 to 1 1/2 hours of calm and euphoria, and higher self-esteem may be reported after only one session.Your skin is one of your body's main organs designed to eliminate toxic matter from your system, which is constantly forming in the very process of living.Your skin is nourished by your blood supply and exercise helps purify your blood.  It also improves circulation, oxygenates and helps your blood build new, stronger and healthier cells. Aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming, is best for mood enhancement. Coordinating your movements with your breathing helps to stop you from over exercising and may even help to induce a state of "relaxed awareness".  

  • Warm up for 5-10 minutes before exercising to increase heart rate and blood flow, stretch the muscles, and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Cool down afterward with slower movements and stretching exercises to prevent muscle cramps and stiffness.
  • Set sensible goals, especially if you haven't exercised for a while. Build up gradually so you are less likely to become fatigued and dispirited.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to replace what is lost in sweat, during and after exercise, even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Stop if you feel any pain. At first muscles may feel sore after exercising.

Here is some info on how weight lifting "interval style" exercises can provide an aerobic workout while at the same time forcing your muscels to rebuild thus burning calories for days rather than minutes when you do cardio alone. Watch the weight drop!  (Just click on the video links on these pages)

 

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Diet/Story?id=3034686&page=1

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3045176

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCyCqK-RFWE 

 

REBOUND EXERCISE


Exercise has some problems - problems that prevent us from doing it:

1. It takes time - Most people need an exercise they can do simultaneously with another activity and thus use their time twice.

2. Bad weather - A lot of people exercise in nice weather only to discontinue when inclement weather strikes. For consistency, indoor exercise is a must.

3. Safety - People being criminally attacked while jogging is legendary. Exercise done in the privacy and security of your own home is safest.

4. Trauma - Many people significantly damage their feet, knees, and back with running on hard surfaces. The best exercise is one that does not produce structural trauma.

Rebound Exercise as the best solution to these common exercise problems. Rebound exercisers are basically small mini-trampolines, with a surface about eight inches off the floor, which one runs or bounces on. They have the advantage of allowing you to do something else - like watch TV, listen to radio or tapes, etc. - while you're rebounding!  So it solves the weather and safety issues. As an outdoor exercise, it is really refreshing and addictive! Rebounders cause only a fraction of the trauma to the structural system as compared to running on hard surfaces.

REBOUNDING BENEFITS

Rebounding features some unique features from regular exercise:

1. Aerobic Exercise - Bouncing up and down against gravity without structural trauma is an extremely beneficial aerobic exercise. On the downward motion of the bounce your feet hit the mat with twice the force of gravity, while at the upward limit of the bounce you are weightless - just like an astronaut floating in space. So you get the exercise benefit of gravity without the trauma of gravity.

2. Cleansing/Oxygenating - This alternating double gravity and weightlessness produces a pumping action that stimulates removing waste from cells and infusion of oxygen and nutrients.

3. Stress Reduction - Bouncing on a rebound exerciser helps reduce nervous system stress. Some have even gone so far as to say the bouncing puts a person into a "trance-like" state resulting in total relaxation, it definitely is relaxing. The best part is that this nervous system equilibrium tends to be maintained after getting off the rebounder.


4. Muscle Building - James White, Ph.D., Director of Research and Rehabilitation in the Physical Education Dept. of the University of California at San Diego states:

Rebounding allows the muscles to go through the full range of motion at equal force. It helps people learn to shift their weight properly and to be aware of body positions and balance.

5. Eye Exercise - Rebound exercise has been used to strengthen the eyes and improve vision with specific exercises.

6. Conditioning and Weight Reduction - It works better for fitness and weight reduction than running, jogging or cycling, while producing fewer injuries. When you jump, jog, and twist on this device you can exercise for hours without getting tired. It's great practice for skiing, it improves your tennis stroke, and it's a good way to burn off calories and lose weight.

NASA scientists have stated that rebounding is 68% more efficient than regular running. The fact that half the time you're rebounding you're not opposing gravity makes this a unique form of exercise.

ARTHRITIS EFFECTS

Foreign substances entering our joints provokes an immune system response by lymphocyte white blood cells to clean up the toxins involved. But what if those toxins aren't drained from the joint by the lymphatic system? What if they just get caught in the joint cavity? Then the synovial cavity lining surrounding the joint is damaged.

The joints actually do have a "drain plug" in the form of lymphatic vessels to eliminate the toxins. But for that lymph drainage to work, the lymph must be flowing. You need movement - exercise - and the best exercise for stimulating that lymph flow is rebounding.

Scott E. Miners, writing in the issue of Well Being Journal shares some testimonials from arthritis sufferers who have benefited from rebound exercise. Yvonne Rivers said:

I have had both my ankles broken, and when they ache, I rebound to take the pain away!

James Heald adds:

Before using the rebounder I couldn't walk. I literally shuffled and stumbled my way along. Now, I can walk! My body feels lighter, my skin is now a rosy pink. Also, since more blood now gets to my brain, my memory is improving every day.

OSTEOPOROSIS

The space program discovered that astronauts, after a two week trip to the moon, lost 15% of their bone density, due to the lack of the stress of gravity on their bones. Any weight-bearing exercise helps prevent, or even reverse, osteoporosis. Rebounding is excellent for this condition, since in the downward motion your body gets twice the usual gravitational force.

CANCER

While no responsible person would claim rebound exercise alone as being helpful for cancer, there certainly are some interesting anecdotal observations. Linda Brooks, author of Rebounding to Better Health, reports clients who were healed of cancerous tumors by rebounding two to three minutes every hour, along with a high fruit and vegetable diet (which decreases the toxic load on the lymphatic system), pure water, enzymes and a positive attitude.

What would be the modality for rebounding being supportive to healing cancer? Brooks reports that simple "health bouncing" on the rebounder temporarily triples the white blood cell count, accentuating the removal of toxins from the body via the lymphatic system. However, within an hour the white blood cell count returns to normal, so it's necessary to bounce every hour to maintain this amazing effect.

STRENGTH TRAINING & WEIGHT LOSS

Weight training is enhanced by rebound exercise. It increases fat metabolism, muscle definition, strength and endurance. The effect of forcing toxins out of the cells is also great for removing lactic acid - the substance that makes your muscles hurt after exercise.

When done with an appropriate whole food diet, rebounding is helpful for weight loss. You will burn more calories rebounding, yet with 87% less shock to the body. Linda Brooks notes that a 154 pound person will burn 1440 calories/hour running on a rebounder, whereas a regular runner would only burn 750. The flushing of the lymphatic system, though, may be even more important to weight loss, since so many people carry excess fluid weight there.

REBOUND EXERCISES

1. "Health Bounce" - Just simple bouncing, even with your feet not leaving the surface of the rebounder, greatly stimulates lymphatic flow. The elderly or infirm can do this holding optional hand rails or a chair back next to the rebounder. They can also bounce in a seated position initially to get the lymph moving.

2. Running in Place - Perhaps the most basic exercise. It helps to alternate running in place with other exercises, so as not to get bored.

3. Twisting - Twist left and right with the hips and legs going one direction and the arms and chest going the other.

4. Kick Step - Alternately kick the left and right feet out in front of you as you bounce.

5. Jumping Jacks - Just like you would do on the ground, only you're bouncing on the rebounder while doing them.

6. Cross Crawl Bounce - This is great for left-brain, right-brain coordination. On the bounce, with straight, extended arms like a marching soldier, you place your left foot forward and right arm forward and across to the left. Reverse on the next bounce. Stimulating this bilateral motion is very energizing to the body.

LYMPHATIC CLEANSING EFFECT

To me, nothing is more important about rebound exercise than the unique way it affects the lymphatic system. Most people don't know a lot about their lymphatic system, since our education and media is obsessed with our other circulatory system - the cardiovascular system. The lymphatic system is a second circulatory system that relates primarily to immune response and drainage. The lymph is a clear fluid containing T- and B-Lymphocytes. Dr. Morton Walker, in his book Jumping for Health, describes the lymph system as the:

. . . metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids you of toxins, such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous wastes, fat, infectious viruses, heavy metals, and other material cast off by the cells.

I like to think of it as the "storm sewer" system of the body, while the digestive tract is the regular sewer system.

Lymph is moved by hydraulic action. The lymph vessels are full of one-way valves that open up only in the direction of the heart. When the pressure below a valve is greater than above (such as when you're moving downward on your bounce on the rebounder), the valve is pushed open to allow the lymph to flow.

The main distinguishing point between the lymphatic system and the cardiovascular system is that the former has no heart - no pump. So how does the lymph fluid move through this system? There are three ways to move the lymph:


1. Muscular contraction from exercise and movement.
2. Gravitational pressure on the lymph vessels.
3. Internal massage of the lymph vessel valves.

When we move the muscular contraction squeezes the lymph vessels, moving the lymph along. Walking and almost all exercise has this effect. But rebound exercise stimulates all three of the above, perhaps better than any other single exercise.

The most common health problem of our world is about cleansing congestion from the lymphatic system. It's called the common cold. Few people understand that a "cold" is a lymphatic cleansing reaction. Anything we can do to keep the lymph moving better helps prevent colds or assist in healing them. The worst thing you can do for a cold is what most people do - take decongestant drugs to "dry up" the lymphatic drainage . . . and thus thwart the lymphatic cleansing process!

It is interactive with every organ and is directly related to the immune function and efficiency. It is a protector and a defense mechanism against infection, viruses, bacteria, fungi and disease. It is comprised of fluid, vessels, ducts and various other organs and structures. It clears toxins, wastes, excess fluids, and infection from all tissues of the body through proper flow and drainage provided this essential system is functioning at its peak.Mention the heart or the cardiovascular system and most people have a pretty good idea of what it is and how it functions. But although the lymphatic system is vitally important to our health most people don’t understand it. Some have not even heard of it.The cardiovascular system delivers life-giving oxygen and nutrients to all of the organs and cells of the body and is connected up to a very strong blood pump – the heart.The lymphatic system is also connected to every organ of the body, but its function is completely different from that of the cardiovascular system. It is the garbage collector, the internal vacuum cleaner sucking up metabolic garbage, toxins and excess fluid from the extracellular fluid of every organ. If this flow is impaired, the fluid becomes thick and toxic. The parts of the body that rely on it for elimination become less efficient and sluggish as they fill with their own waste. This otherwise life sustaining system now becomes a breeding ground for infection. When the fluid enters the bloodstream, as is part of the normal process, infection can now spread to any organ or part of the body. Many viruses, bacteria and parasites stay locked within the lymphatic system when these conditions are present. The result: physical ailments, degenerative disease, hastening of the aging process, even death!lymph1The lymphatic system is not connected up to the heart, so it has to rely upon some other activity to create the necessary pumping action it needs to circulate. The three most important methods of lymphatic circulation are external massage, muscle activity, and vigorous exercise. The lymphatic system is filled with millions of one-way valves, which allows lymph fluid to flow unidirectional – usually upward away from gravity. Almost anything that can stimulate the movement of lymph fluid inside the lymph vessels of the system is healthy, but the most efficient way to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid is by rebounding. The up and down rhythmic bouncing causes all of the one-way valves to open and close simultaneously increasing lymph flow as much as fifteen times! Rebounding does that.An emunctory is any opening through which the body eliminates foreign matter from one part of the body to another. This is not only through the eliminative organs, such as the bowel, kidney or lung, as most would think, but also can be via a joint, lymph system, or skin, for example. When a foreign substance is present, the body’s first reflex is to expel or eliminate it. When this elimination is suppressed by any means such as by takinglymph2traditional drugs, medications or some therapies, some of the foreign matter gets suppressed (or pushed back into the system). Then, the very organisms or substances the body is intelligently attempting to eliminate become stored within the body and in any number of areas causing any number of disease symptoms. As this process occurs and elimination is blocked, the body then becomes toxic. When the toxins cannot be removed due to congestion or blockages, the degenerative disease process begins.SymptomsMany people have badly congested lymphatics and don’t even know it. At this time in our country the lymphatic system is the most over-looked system of the human body. In Europe stimulation of the lymph flow is the fourth most commonly prescribed medical treatment. Most U. S. healthcare practitioners seldom consider the lymphatic system’s critical role in preventing illness or its importance to the over all healing process. Some of the organs that are part of the lymphatic system are lymph nodes and lymph veins, the tonsils, adenoids, appendix and the spleen and you know what happens to those parts of the body whenever surgeons get close to them. Swollen glands, with which most of us are familiar, are symptomatic of blocked lymph nodes, which indicate a breakdown in the mechanical functioning of the lymphatic system. Other examples of congested lymphatics are:

  • Allergies
  • Prostatitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Heart disease
  • Eczema & other skin conditions
  • Loss of Energy
  • Fibrocystic disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Repetitive parasitic infections
  • M S
  • Edema
  • Lupus erythematosis
  • Inflammation
  • High blood pressure
  • Viral infections
  • Puffy eyes
  • Bacterial infections
  • Low back pain
  • Loss of Energy
  • Cancer
  • Ear or balance problems
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Cellulite
  • Excessive sweating
  • Obesity
  • And more!

    Rebound exercise is so efficient in stimulating the lymph flow that Dr. C. Samuel West calls it "Lymphocizing." I say it is simply a miracle the way the body knows how to take care of itself. We just need to know how to help it a little and do it.

Here is a sample video-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDUUBx5wlXE

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