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There are all kinds of proponents of exercise as a major progenitor of health and longevity, yet neither human history nor human experience bears out the exercise theory.
The great distance runners, Jim Fixx and Dr. George Sheehan, believed that exercise was the elixir of health and the foundation for longevity. To that end, they ran and jogged almost every day of their adult lives. Neither took vitamin or mineral supplements.
Jim Fixx, who started the whole running craze with his best-seller, Jog Your Way to Health, died at age 52, following multiple cardiomyopathy heart attacks--a simple selenium deficiency. Fixx asked sports medicine doctors, trainers, nutritionists, and coaches if he needed to take nutritional supplements. They all assured Fixx that he could get everything he needed nutritionally by simply "eating the four food groups."
In actuality, when one exercises and fails to take supplements, exercise becomes a negative because athletes sweat out their essential minerals!
Dr. George Sheehan was medical editor for Runners World Magazine and a "runner's runner." His only concern with diet and nutritional supplements was that "they didn't interfere with running." Dr. Sheehan died of widely disseminated prostate cancer at the age of 76. All that running and all that pain and sweat without supplementation bought him six months longer than the classic American "couch potato" who averages 75.5 years. Selenium supplemented at 250 mcgs/day will reduce ones risk of developing prostate cancer by 69 percent.
Athletes sweat out more minerals in five years than couch potatoes sweat out in 50 years! If you seat out all of your copper and don't replace it by supplementation you are at high risk of dying of a ruptured aneurysm. If you sweat out all of your selenium and don't replace it by supplementation, you're at high risk of developing a cardiomyopathy heart attack or cancer. If you sweat out all of your chromium and vanadium and don't replace it by supplementation, you're at high risk of developing adult-onset or type-2 diabetes. If you sweat out all of your calcium, magnesium, and sulfur, and don't replace them by supplementation, you are at high risk of developing arthritis, osteoporosis, and kidney stones.
Until recently, sayings like "no pain, no gain," were mottos to live by if you wanted to become, or even stay, fit. Following this advice, however, often resulted in millions of injuries each year--and not just to beginners. Professional athletes and instructors suffered, as well. An epidemic number of pulled muscles, torn ligaments and cartilages, strained tendons and broken bones have kept doctors busy over the past decade. Runners, in particular, have led the pack with not only the highest incidence of injuries, but more injuries than are caused by all other recreations combined.
The reason? Studies have uncovered this one important fact: Any activity that involves repeated and vigorous pounding of the feet on an unforgiving surface will produce some kind of injury. Because of these findings, the latest words in exercise are "low impact," as in aerobics. "No impact" aerobics, as in rebounding, is the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man.
The common denominator of all exercise is opposition to the gravitational pull of the earth.
Exercise has always been used to stimulate muscles. The forces of acceleration and deceleration are facts of life but we have not taken advantage of them when it comes to exercise, until recently.
Rebounding is a form of exercise that, until recently, has been completely overlooked. It's an activity that has been around for over fifty years in the United States but has never been considered by our experts as an exercise. The vertical stacking of these three forces by rebounding has got to be one of the greatest breakthroughs in health maintenance.
Rebounding is a cellular exercise. We are no longer concerned about stimulating only the muscle fibers to greater strength, but every cell in the body. This includes bone, nerve and connective tissue cells.
Albert Earl Carter, founder of AIR, Inc., is the pioneer of Rebound Exercise, best selling author and the Lead Designer of the "best-built, most innovative rebounders on the planet." Carter attended both Oklahoma State University and the University of Utah with full scholarships in wrestling. He qualified twice for Olympic wrestling competition, and won all-around gymnastic champion in the states of Montana, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Sponsored by the Marriott Corporation, Carter’s “Gymnastic Fantastic” professional trampoline team gave over 500 performances to more than 500,000 spectators in 1974 and 1975. Carter trained his own children on the trampoline and placed them in the show as well. He was amazed to observe their remarkable endurance gains, dramatic coordination improvements, and accelerated mental development.
Recognizing that his family’s exceptionally good health, superior strength, and other benefits were connected to his work on the trampoline, Carter set out to discover the positive effects of rebounding on the human body. His research resulted in the start of a new industry, the book Rebound To Better Health, 1977, and the development of the first home-sized rebounder “Dyna-Bound”. His second book The Miracles of Rebound Exercise, published in 1979, became a national Health and Fitness 1.3 million best-seller.
Rebounding was the springboard for Carter’s thirst for knowledge regarding good health. “The Healthy Cell Concept,” presented in his next books The New Miracles of Rebound Exercise and The Cancer Answer, is the result of over a decade of research on all the components necessary for perfect health. More information on the Healthy Cell Concept can be found here.
As a lecturer and educator, Carter has shared his findings on health and rebound exercise all over the world. In 1983, by special invitation of the Hong Kong government, Carter taught 35,000 members of the country’s police and fire departments about the Healthy Cell Concept and the benefits of rebounding. Since that time, he has also presented to numerous medical groups worldwide and has appeared on national television in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.
Today, Carter is recognized as the world's greatest authority on rebound exercise.
Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity states that every element in the universe is subject to the effects of gravity. He found that the strength of gravity depends on two things: (1) The amount of matter each body contains. (2) The distance between two bodies. In terms of physics, jumping is one of the most basic expressions of Newton’s law of action and reaction. Pushing down against the ground gives rise to the equal and opposite reaction of being propelled into the air against gravity. Basically put, jumping is simply a contest between the jumper and gravity. Gravity directly influences every cell in the body in two ways: (1) The direct gravitational pull on every cell. (2) Atmospheric pressure applied from all directions.
In fact, gravity is the most important and constant force of our existence. It provides a force worthy of opposition to all living things. Even plants oppose gravity, growing upward against its force. A governing law of all living things is, “There must be an opposition in all things to develop strength” Born into this environment, dictated by gravity, we have two choices: oppose it and become strong, or give up and fold into a compact mass. These facts make it easy to understand why jumping is beneficial to the human body. When we jump, each and every cell in the body reacts and adjusts to the change in the gravitational pull. This action strengthens each cell remarkably. But this is just part of the reason why rebounding is so beneficial.
In 1911, the famous scientist, Albert Einstein, developed a new idea of gravitation. He showed that gravitation, acceleration, and deceleration produced the same effects. There is no way to tell gravitation from acceleration or deceleration. While the forces themselves are different, the human body can’t tell the difference. To harness and make use of the acceleration and deceleration forces is to line them up with gravity. That’s the purpose of the rebounder. As you stand still on the rebounder, every cell in your body is subject to the force of gravity. This can be measured with a “G” meter. You probably have a “G” meter in your own home. It’s called a bathroom scale. If you were to put a bathroom scale on top of a rebounder and stand on it, it would register the amount of G force the earth was pulling down on your entire body. One G force would be your total weight. However, something fascinating happens when you start moving up and down. You begin to subject your entire body to the forces of acceleration and deceleration, plus gravity.
At the bottom of the bounce, your whole body stops. That’s deceleration. Then, it increases in speed upward. That’s acceleration. The combination of vertical deceleration followed instantly by vertical acceleration of your entire body, combining with the constant gravity, creates an increased G force, which is felt by every cell in your body. You no longer weigh 1 G force—you weigh more! The cells react to this environmental stimulation the same way they react to any other environmental change; they adjust and become stronger. At the bottom of the bounce, every cell in your body identifies the combination of the three forces simply as an increase in the gravitational pull of the earth, much the same way they would react if they experienced your living on a larger planet than the earth with a greater G force. This happens a hundred times a minute! At the top of the bounce, as gravity counteracts the combined forces of the change in velocity, you become weightless for a fraction of a second a hundred times a minute. All cells of your body immediately become weightless. Virtually all immediate structural stresses and pressure are eliminated from all of your cells all at once.
Your cells depend upon diffusion of water through their semi-permeable membranes to carry oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and enzymes into the cell, and to flush out metabolic trash. The rate of diffusion of water into and out of the cells under normal conditions is 100 times the volume of fluid inside each cell each second. The oscillation of the cells of your body between an increase in G force and a no G force 200 times a minute increases the diffusion of water into each cell at least three fold! Nothing beats that kind of cellular cleansing.
Since the jumping surface of a rebounding device has cushioning spring to it, 7/8 of the shock trauma is removed from the weight bearing joints of the body—there isn’t any jarring to one’s ankle joints, knees, and back. While rebounding a person can work out outdoors or indoors and simultaneously speak on the telephone, watch television, listen to music, and do other things.
Jumping on the mini trampoline is the ultimate aerobic exercise able to be performed anywhere, even in hotel rooms with a carry-on, foldable type rebounding device. Rebounding is an exercise that reduces your body fat; firms your legs, thighs, abdomen, arms, and hips; increases your agility; improves your sense of balance; strengthens your muscles overall; provides an aerobic effect for your heart; rejuvenates your body when it’s tired, and generally puts you in a state of health and fitness.
You can easily perform this exercise in your living room, your office, and your yard. There is a portable folding version available for the traveler may wish for use in a hotel room. It’s the most convenient, metabolically effective form of exercise around.
There are 30 health advantages of regular rebounding, including the following:
1. It increases the capacity for respiration.
2. It circulates more oxygen to the tissues.
3. It establishes a better equilibrium between the oxygen required by the tissues and the oxygen made available.
4. It causes muscles to perform work in moving fluids through the body to lighten the heart’s load.
5. It tends to reduce the height to which the arterial pressures rise during exertion.
6. It lessens the time during which blood pressure remains abnormal after severe activity.
7. It holds off the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
8. It increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.
9. It aids lymphatic circulation, as well as the flow in the veins of the circulatory system.
10. It encourages collateral circulation.
11. It strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body so that they work more efficiently.
12. It allows the resting heart to beat less often.
13. It lowers elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
14. It stimulates the metabolism.
15. It promotes body growth and repair.
16. It tones up the glandular system, especially the thyroid to increase its output.
17. It adds to the alkaline reserve of the body which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.
18. It chemically attains absolute potential of the cells.
19. It reserves bodily strength and physical efficiency.
20. It expands the body’s capacity for fuel storage and endurance.
21. It improves coordination through the transmission of nerve impulses and responsiveness of the muscle fibers.
22. It affords muscular vigor from increased muscle fiber tone.
23. It offers relief from neck and back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise.
24. It enhances digestion and elimination processes.
25. It allows for better and easier relaxation and sleep.
26. It results in a better mental performance, with keener learning processes.
27. It curtails fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.
28. It minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.
29. It tends to slow down aging.
30. It reduces the likelihood of obesity.
Rebounding involves aerobic movements performed on a bouncing device that looks like a small trampoline. As an ideal jumping device, the mini-trampoline or “rebounder” has a strong woven mat attached by coiled steel springs to a circular steel frame. The rebounder is usually round, although some models have been made oval, rectangular, square, or polygonal. The entire jumping surface of the mat is twenty-eight inches in diameter, stands on six legs with spring coils of their own, which are seven to nine inches high.
Sometimes, for people who feel unsteady on their feet or for the elderly, handicapped, and disabled, a stabilizing bar may be added to the rebounder’s frame. It’s attached to two of the frame’s legs so that the individual needing more security can hold onto this bar and still bounce aerobically.
People who rebound find they’re 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.
Rebounding aerobics is working with gravity to cleanse your tissue cells and act as an oxygenator, which, in turn, lightens the load on the heart. Rebounding provides a number of physiological pick-me-ups for the person who sustains this activity for at least ten minutes, four times a day, or for a single daily session for 40 minutes. As you bounce, your feet hit the mat with twice the force of gravity. Then just as the astronauts experience while floating in space, your body is in a state of weightlessness at the top of the bounce.
Jumping on the mini-trampoline is remarkably unstrenuous on the joints. There’s no solid ground to suddenly stop the bouncing of your feet. Your movements are perfectly safe, and they make the effect of gravity beneficial. By working against constant gravitational pressure while bouncing, you resist the Earth’s pull. Your resistance is subtle, but it builds cellular strength. Rebounding’s alternating weightlessness and double gravity produce a pumping action which pulls out waste products from the cells and forces into them, oxygen and nutrition from the bloodstream.
Jumping on a rebounder helps you to attain your heart rate target zone every day that you rebound for the recommended 40 minutes. Rebound exercise strengthens your heart in two ways: It improves the tone and quality of the muscle itself, and it increases the coordination of the fibers as they wring blood out of the heart during each beat. The aerobic effect while you are rebound-jumping equals and often surpasses that of running. Your rate of rebounding will vary, depending on how vigorously you bounce and how high you lift your feet off the mat. Rebound exercise offers the ideal aerobic effect with almost any rate of performance, because it fills all the requisites of an oxygenating exercise. It’s likely that the vast amount of oxygen taken over a sustained period is a source of cancer remission. Rebounding might be considered a precursor movement for better achieving the oxygen therapies.
The lymphatic system is 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 assorted junk cast off by the cells. The movement performed in rebounding provides the stimulus for a free-flowing system that drains away these potential poisons. Unlike the arterial system, the lymphatic system does not have its own pump. It has no heart muscle to move the fluid around through its lymph vessels. There are just three ways to activate the flow of lymph away from the tissues it serves and back into the main pulmonary circulation. Lymphatic flow requires muscular contraction from exercise and movement, gravitational pressure, and internal massage to the valves of lymph ducts.
Rebounding supplies all three methods of removing waste products from the cells and from the body. Then arterial blood enters the capillaries in order to furnish the cells with fresh tissue fluid containing food and oxygen. The bouncing motion effectively moves and recycles the lymph and the entire blood supply through the circulatory system many times during the course of the rebounding session. Rebounding is a lymphatic exercise. It has the same effect on your body as jumping rope, but without any jarring effect to the ankles, knees, and lower back that comes from hitting the ground. Better than rope jumping, however, the lymphatic channels get put under hydraulic pressure to move fluids containing waste products of metabolism around and out of the body through the left subclavian vein.
Bouncing on a rebounder is an excellent method of reducing stress. It can put the bouncing person into a trancelike state and totally relax him or her. Jumping for health and fitness not only stabilizes the nervous system during the exercise period, but continues to help maintain equilibrium after one steps off the device. The result is increased resistance to environmental, physical, emotional, and mental stress. It may possibly help an individual to avoid psychosomatic disease and mental or behavioral instability. Rebounding may be enjoyed for a lifetime and adjusted to your own particular level of fitness. It is safe, convenient and inexpensive, and its protective effects against degenerative diseases make it one of the most effective forms of motion in the workplace, in recreational pursuits, or in simply exercising for the care of your body and mind.
Jumping for health offers a true physical strengthening effect to the muscles. 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. 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. Jumping for health is more effective for fitness and weight loss than cycling, running or jogging, and it has the added advantage of producing fewer injuries.
There are 33 different exercises that may be performed advantageously on the rebounding device. The gentle bounce of rebounding is effective in returning natural, regular bowel movements to chronically constipated persons. The steady bounce sets up a pulsating rhythm transmitted by the nervous system to the brain area responsible for regulating the intestinal system, which reestablishes one’s rhythmical bowel activity. Digestion is improved as well.
There are several low-cost department store models available; some are better manufactured than others, but bouncing on such poorly-constructed models, usually imported from Asia, may actually be harmful to one’s muscles, joints, and nerves. There’s no yield to them and the abrupt jarring effect is the same as landing on the floor. One should avoid purchasing these cheaply-priced models. Most important for excellent rebounding is the mat material. It should give no stretch during the downward landing, while at the same time providing a resilient rebound. Such a mat will be made from Permatron material, which has a smooth finish. The Permatron is resistant to ultraviolet rays, doesn’t break down as do other fabrics, and allows no moisture absorption.
Part of the specifications for a perfect rebounder is that its mat will be sewn together using 6000 stitches of high-grade nylon thread with two layers of strong polypropylene webbing stitched around the mat’s edges. Attached to a heavy-grade, all steel round frame should be an oversize spring mechanism holding four-inch-long, custom-made jumbo springs which deliver a soft bounce. Thirty-six springs made of quality #80 carbon steel wire will hold the mat to the frame. The springs should be shielded by a protective cover. Individual spring mounting pins prevent frame wear. Tapered coils help to give extended wearability to such springs. (Untapered coils allow low-quality springs to break frequently, requiring replacement.) Replacement springs must be available directly from the manufacturer since retail distributors seldom stock spare springs. The spring-loaded legs should fold for easy storage under a bed or behind a door. For a travel rebounder, the frame should fold in half to be packed into its carrying bag, allowing for storage in a car trunk.
To jump for health, rebounding devices that exhibit all of these features of excellence are the Needak and the ReboundAIR rebounders. They meet all of these specifications for the ideal rebounding device. The stabilizing bar is an optional accessory that is easily attached to the Needak.
Calisthenics, weight lifting, jogging, bicycling, swimming exercise only part of the body at a time by isolating muscle groups and providing an exercise designed for that particular group. Rebounding has brought us face-to-face with the first whole-body exercise. NASA has consulted with Albert Carter, known as the world’s expert on rebounding, in the preparation of an advanced rebounding exercise program for use in the zero gravity of space. This step is recognized as necessary to prevent the loss of bone mass suffered by astronauts in past space explorations.
People who rebound regularly report a variety of benefits received, including boosted energy levels, clearer thinking processes, decreased amounts of back and joint pains, better attitudes, decrease in headaches, both in number and intensity, alleviation of arthritic symptoms, including pain and inflammation, breathing becomes easier, ease of weight loss, and more. Most people who rebound do so for only 30 minutes a day. Unlike other forms of exercise, you need not limit yourself to just that. This has become the norm for many types of exercise due to the amount of stress they perform on the human body. Not so with rebounding.
Rebounding is a safe, “no impact” form of exercise, and will not place undue stress on your body. And unlike other forms of exercise, rebounding is gentle enough for seniors or pregnant women, yet challenging enough for professional athletes. Rebounding is the best and most effective form of exercise ever devised. It can be gentle enough for a patient confined to a wheelchair, yet challenging enough for an Olympic athlete. Rebounding is so versatile it can be individually tailored to the age and condition of the user and offers immense health benefits to seniors and toddlers and everyone in between. Rebounding is a simple, fun way to get the daily exercise that medical authorities say we all need.