Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rebounding ~ Simple! Effective! Fun!

 I'm so excited that I've discovered a form of exercise that is really fun and extremely effective in so many important ways!!
  Even when my schedule is tight I can always find the time for it and always feel fabulous when I'm finished. I look forward to it daily, do it at home at my convenience and it requires absolutely no special skills! Reach back in your mind to the days of being a carefree child, loving to jump and bounce & feel as free as a bird. I love recapturing that feeling every day! While listening to some high energy music, I bounce my way to fitness on my wonderful mini trampoline called a rebounder! 
                                                        Here's my rebounder!
Isn't it the coolest little thing?
Rebounders are small, they can fit into any corner of a room. Many brands fold for even easier storage. The average rebounder is a little less than 3 1/2 feet in diameter, which makes them really convenient! They vary in price but there's no need to spend much to invest on one. I paid about  $80.00 for mine and it was an extremely worthwhile investment!
Research has led some scientists to conclude that jumping on a mini-trampoline is possibly the most effective exercise yet devised by man, especially because of the effect rebounding has on the lymph in the body.
If you're looking for a simple, highly effective exercise that anyone regardless of size, fitness level or physical ability ~ This is THE exercise to jump into!!   :)
42 Ways the Body Responds to Rebounding
By Dr. Morton Walker and Albert E. Carter

The study of the human body is fairly interesting.  The moment it becomes no less than amazing is when we understand what happens as the body is placed under the demands of movement and resistance we call exercise. 
 Rebounding is an effective exercise that reduces your body fat; firms your arms, legs, thighs, abdomen, and hips; increases your agility; strengthens your muscles overall; provides an aerobic effect for your cardiopulmonary systems; rejuvenates your body when it's tired, and generally puts you in a state of mental and physical wellness.  
In fact, there are at least 41 fascinating ways the body responds to regular rebounding, detailed below:
1.       Rebounding provides an increased G-force (gravitational load), which strengthens the musculoskeletal systems.
2.       Rebounding protects the joints from the chronic fatigue and impact delivered by exercising on hard surfaces.
3.       Rebounding helps manage body composition and improves muscle-to-fat ratio.Rebounding diminishes body fat , improves muscle tone, improves the efficiency with which the body burns carbohydrate, and lowers pulse rate and blood pressure.
4.       Rebounding aids lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves in the lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system acts as your body's internal vacuum cleaner.
5.       Rebounding circulates more oxygen to the tissues- and where the is oxygen there cannot be disease.
6.       Rebounding establishes a better equilibrium between the oxygen required by the tissues and the oxygen made available.
7.       Rebounding increases capacity for respiration.
8.       Rebounding tends to reduce the height to which the arterial pressures rise during exertion.
9.       Rebounding lessens the time during which blood pressure remains abnormal after severe activity.
10.   Rebounding assists in the rehabilitation of a heart problem.
11.   Rebounding increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.
12.   Rebounding improves resting metabolic rate so that more calories are burned for hours after exercise.
13.   Rebounding helps fluid move easily within the body, thus helping muscle performance and lightening the load required of the heart.
14.   Rebounding decreases the volume of blood pooling in the veins of the cardiovascular system preventing chronic edema.
15.   Rebounding improves circulation. It encourages collateral circulation (the formation of new branch blood vessels that distribute blood to the heart) by increasing the capillary count in the muscles and decreasing the distance between the capillaries and the target cells.
16.   Rebounding strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body so that they work more efficiently.
17.   Rebounding allows the resting heart to beat less often. Each beat becomes more powerful and sends out a greater surge of blood around the body to nourish its 60 trillion cells.
18.   Rebounding lowers circulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
19.   Rebounding lowers low-density lipoprotein (bad) in the blood and increases high-density lipoprotein (good) holding off the incidence of coronary artery disease.
20.   Rebounding promotes tissue repair.
21.   Rebounding for longer than 20 minutes at a moderate intensity increases the mitochondria count within the muscle cells, essential for endurance.
22.   Rebounding adds to the alkaline reserve of the body, which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.
23.   Rebounding improves coordination between the propreoceptors in the joints, the transmission of nerve impulses to and from the brain, transmission of nerve impulses and responsiveness of the muscle fibers.
24.   Rebounding improves the brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus within the inner ear, thus improving balance.
25.   Rebounding offers relief from neck and back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise.
26.   Rebounding enhances digestion and elimination processes.
27.   Rebounding allows for deeper and easier relaxation and sleep.
28.   Rebounding results in better mental performance, with keener learning processes.
29.   Rebounding curtails fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.
30.   Rebounding minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.
31.   Rebounding tends to slow down atrophy in the aging process: Rebounding can actually reverse, prevent or diminish the hardening of the arteries. By conquering this ultimate pathology, you will keep your mind alert, skin smooth, skeleton flexible, libido intact, kidneys functioning, blood circulating, liver detoxifying, enzyme systems alive, hold memory intact, and avoid all systems of the aging process.
32.   Rebounding is an effective modality by which the user gains a sense of control and an improved self image.
33. Rebounding supplies a reserve of bodily strength and physical efficiency.
34. Rebounding helps the body attain peak cell function through chemical function.
35. Rebounding expands the capacity for fuel storage, resulting in extra endurance.
36. Rebounding stimulates metabolism. Rebounding provides for a better absorption.
37. Rebounding promotes body growth. Growth of the long bones is especially stimulated by rebounding due to the stimulating effect of the pituitary gland, which produces growth hormone.
38.Rebounding increases the capacity for respiration. Breathing is controlled by changes in the volume of the chest cavity brought about mainly by muscular movements of the diaphragm, Repeated rebounding exercise accomplishes more muscle movements of the diaphragm with the consequent chest expansion.
39. Rebounding boosts red blood cells. Rebounding increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells. The red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the tissues of the body and also help remove carbon dioxide from them.
40. Rebounding helps fight fatigue. Rebounding tones the glandular system to increase the output of the thyroid gland, the pituitary gland and the adrenals-which all help to restore energy.
41. Rebounding exercises every part of your body.
42.   Rebounding is enjoyable!
People who rebound find they are able to work longer, sleep better, and feel less tense and nervous. The effect is not just psychological, because the action of bouncing up and down against gravity, without trauma to the musculoskeletal system, is one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises ever developed.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Inspire and be Inspired... Hopes & dreams for a wonderful year ahead.

 Happy New Year!

  My wish for each & everyone of us is an amazing year full of good health & much joy. Let's all work towards our goals to make our dreams come true and reach for the stars. Let's dream big and believe that all we hope to achieve this year is absolutely within our reach! Let's be inspired and offer inspiration to those around us, because really, isn't that what life is about? When we encourage others with our love & support we are touching someplace deep inside ourselves that will shine forth our own bright lights! Giving of ourselves freely whenever possible will reward us with abundance and fill our hearts with joy.

 2011 was a wonderful year for me! I was given many opportunities to share the joys I've found through embracing a new & healthy lifestyle, and I feel blessed for that. Once I was self conscious and fearful of speaking in public or having the focus on myself, but now I am becoming more comfortable with that. I am learning that pushing through my insecurities is giving me strength and self esteem I once only dreamed of.
More important is the knowledge that sharing my experiences is truly helping others. Others who are searching for the vibrant health and happiness that we are all put on this earth to enjoy.

I look forward to many new and exciting opportunities this upcoming year. Ways to continue to share how the healing power of green smoothies and a diet rich in whole living foods has changed my life! I do this in hopes of offering inspiration, guidance and education for those staring out on the same path.

I'm excited to share that I have joined a friend in opening an online community for just that purpose! The intent is to have a comfortable atmosphere to meet like minded people and share stories, experiences, ask questions and gather information. We have people that are fully immersed in the raw food lifestyle as well as many who are just starting out. This project is in beginning stages and a daily work in progress so we would love for you to join us on the ground floor! The website is  Raw Inspiration Daily ~  I love that name  :)

We can build on this together.  We can inspire ~ be inspired ~ inform ~ be inform ~ enthuse & be enthused together! 

Anyone & everyone interested in renewed health, weight loss & living a vibrant energetic life will be an asset to our community!   Hope to see you there  :)

We are a member-based community offering support, inspiration, and guidance

 to those enjoying a simple approach to eating live fresh foods.

At this time I will continue sharing on this blog also. My heart and soul has gone into this blog and I still love it so. I hope you will continue to enjoy my blog Simple Pleasures and visit our new community too!

 *~* Hugs *~* 


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