We all know how great exercise is for the body, but there is one type of exercise in particular that is great for anti aging because it moves the lymph system.
The lymph system bathes every cell, carrying nutrients to the cell and waste products away. Yet the lymph is totally dependent on physical exercise to move.
Without adequate movement, the cells are left stewing in their own waste products and starving for nutrients, contributing to degenerative diseases.
Vigorous exercise such as rebounding is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times. Also, bones become stronger with exercise. Every single retreat I’ve been to includes rebounding as part of the program.
Vertical motion workouts such as rebounding are much different and much more beneficial and efficient than horizontal motion workouts, such as jogging or running because the lymph fluid moves through channels called “vessels” that are filled with one-way valves, so it always moves in the same direction. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, up the arms and up the torso. This is why the vertical up-and-down movement of rebounding is so effective to pump the lymph.
Other ways to move your lymph are by using a slant board (or inversion unit), a whole body vibration machine (WBV), or by wearing Kangoo Jumps (I have these and LOVE them, although people look at me strange in the park!) Lymphatic drainage massage is also great.
I found this great video on YouTube about rebounding (there are many on YouTube):
Here is a Kangoo Jump class video I found on YouTube:
What I love most about lymphatic drainage exercises is that they are always fun, which means they don’t seem like a chore. One recommendation, if you are new to these exercises, try buying the equipment used on Craigs List or Play It Again Sports before investing in brand new equipment.
P.S. one more piece advice; invest in a GREAT sports bra before attempting any of these exercises 🙂