If there was ever an ideal exercise designed for the Over 50 crowd, Bouncercise is that exercise. At age 74, I have found this form of training addresses all the components of exercise recommended by physicians, trainers, and researchers advising proactive and therapeutic conditioning: endurance activities, strength exercises, balance exercise, and stretching – all in one.
– Dr. James Rota
Many people ask if the Freedom Spring will help them, and my answer is usually the same…Yes it will! It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what your fitness level is, the Freedom Spring will help you regain health you never thought you had, lose weight faster than you ever thought possible, and give you the opportunity to experience an exciting boost of energy every day!
One of the things that many people have shared with me when using the system is that it is fun, which I believe is very important. The more you enjoy exercising, the easier it will be to include this gift to your body on a regular basis. I recommend that you include motivational music, such as the Freedom Spring Classics or your favorite music. Music will greatly enhance your work out, and the time will go by very quickly.
The nice thing about the Bouncercise Series is that you don’t have to move the upper body resistance cords excessively. While you are bouncing, the muscles are stimulated and massaged into healthy conditioning. We recommend you move slowly at first and let the bounce do the work for you. Proceed gradually and add a few minutes more each day.
The Freedom Spring System also allows you to be creative in your workout. After you have become familiar with the suggested Bouncercise Series, develop your own routine. Remember, you don’t have to pump rapidly to gain improved strength and tone. Visualize the group of muscles being massaged by the bouncing action of the rebounder and lean into the move to increase the tension on the set of muscles you are exercising.
The Bouncercise Series employs a series of slow, progressive movements with the resistance cords, when used while bouncing, facilitates a freeing up of the tight or frozen muscles around any particular joint. The massaging up-and-down action stimulates the lymphatic system around the tight or painful area, stimulating a release of toxins and digestive byproducts and the acceptance of new, rebuilding nutrients. The Freedom Spring System promotes a type of exercise that gives us greater flexibility by freeing our tight, tired muscles, especially our neck and back group that may cause tension on the head and jaw.
I am truly excited about the possibilities that our system may offer you, not only to help you keep physically fit, but you will develop a more proactive life behavior that will assist you in releasing the toxins that contribute to the aging and the disease process.
From the air that we breathe to the foods that we eat, we accumulate a multitude of toxins that slowly rob us of a healthy life. More and more, science is relating our ill-health to the toxins that we are in contact with on a daily basis, from the fillings in our teeth to the chemicals that are increasingly being used in our everyday life, along with the toxins that are produced in our body as a result of inactivity. Insufficient oxygen with our food digestive process causes the food not to process completely and the resultant production of destructive waste products that will greatly affect our entire body, form indigestion to constipation from arthritis to osteoporosis. If a car does not get enough air in the carburetor, the gas does not burn completely and byproducts of incomplete combustion clog up the engine and dark smoke is emitted from the tail pipe. This is similar to what happens in our body, but we call it incomplete metabolism.
Fitness experts all agree that the components of staying fit, active and healthy are strength, flexibility, and endurance. Bouncercise addresses all of these ingredients in one method of exercise. Bouncercise is safe, simple, reliable, habit forming, time efficient, and fun – that’s right, Bouncercise is fun. The fact that it is enjoyable is important. When you enjoy something, don’t you usually want to do it again?
In the 2003 Trends Report, CNN claims: “This month alone, over 1 million Americans will join a health club, however, after only after 2 month’s time, approximately 75% won’t return again during their memberships.” Health clubs rely on that statistic. Imagine what would happen to health clubs if everyone actually showed up. Isn’t anyone having fun?
Television advertising and health clubs are filled with so-called total-body programs, which include large bulky equipment. These will only exercising the larger, more aesthetic muscles. They fail to address the smaller muscles, as in the muscle of the eyes, the tiny muscles of inner ear dealing with balance, muscles that support our internal organs dealing with digestion and elimination. Bouncercise addresses every muscle in our body.
Bouncercise combines the benefits of rebounding, aerobics, and strength training. Bouncercise takes rebounding to the next level. Not only does Bouncercise offer the well-documented benefits of rebounding, but synergistically it adds body strength training with stability. Muscles that are often ignored through conventional exercises start receiving the benefit of stimulation and circulation.
Because Bouncercise is performed on a type of mini-trampoline with an elevated mat and springs, the surface absorbs the impact of the movement of the body. As we get older, our joints are not as forgiving, and the low-impact benefit is a key ingredient in maintaining flexibility in our joints and muscles. A study conducted at the University of Utah analyzed impact loads of mini-trampolines and a wooden board track. The study indicated that the person on the mini-trampoline experienced 1/6th of the impact force than that of the wooden board track. Our joints will endure 84% less shock if we exercise on a Bouncerciser.
Aerobic exercise is a form of activity that elevates your heart rate through sustained exercise. Your heart will become a stronger pump, which usually results in a lower heart rate. Your blood vessels will increase in number and size, resulting in lowering blood pressure. Bouncercise allows you to achieve an aerobic state, which is a vital component of physical fitness. Bouncercise expands the capacity for fuel storage, resulting in extra endurance.
Many people achieve their aerobic workout by way of jogging or treadmills. However, a study performed by scientists at NASA found bouncing in a mini-trampoline to be 68% more efficient than jogging.
“…for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a rebounder trampoline than with running…”
– N.A.S.A., Journal of Applied Physiology 49(5): 881-887
Bouncercise stimulates and activates the muscles to build bone mass. The acceleration, deceleration, and gravity create a positive bone stress, resulting in higher bone density. Also, as the body bounces, the cell adjusts to these forces, making the cell wall thicker and stronger.
Because of the continual stimulation of the up and down action of the Bouncerciser, the circulation that is provided results in less painful muscles due to the avoidance of buildup of the painful toxic byproducts of exercise, lactic acid as an example.
Another feature of Bouncercising on the Freedom Spring System, is that it exercises the very small muscles located through out the body, that are often ignored through conventional exercises, which mostly deals with the larger, more aesthetic muscles.
Many tiny muscles of our body may have a significant influence on our health, such as those found in the inner ear dealing with Balance; the muscles that support our intestines which have to do with our daily eliminations, are greatly benefited by Bouncercise; and the tiny muscles of our eyes.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, “Exercises that force you to work against gravity – so called weight bearing exercises … are beneficial.” Bouncercise also has the advantage of being low-impact while building bone mass. I have been Bouncercising for 24 years, and now at age 70, the physicians have told me that my bones have the density of a 40-year-old.
Bouncercise takes rebounding to the next level. Not only does Bouncercise offer the well-documented benefits of rebounding, but synergistically it adds body strength training with stability with flexibility. Sounds a little like an oxymoron? Well, it is a fact. One of the beauties of strength training with Bouncercise using the Freedom Spring System is that it provides the ability to develop a more flexible muscle because of the wide range of motion provided by the resistance cords in strength training movements. We can develop a dense, flexible muscle, made up of more cells (hyperplasia) verses larger cells (hypertrophy).
Bouncercise stimulates the tiny muscles of the vestibular system, which manages the body’s balance and coordination. In only a minute of bouncing, your vestibular system is stimulated approximately 100 times, having a cumulative effect. Bouncercise also facilitates release of the toxic buildup and congestion in the middle ear, responsible for equilibrium and balance as well as training the brain to develop muscular balance and coordination.
Eleanor, a lovely 84 year-old woman, had balance problems and couldn’t even stand without support. She sat on the Bouncerciser and pulled the resistance cords attached to the frame. Within two months, she was able to walk without support and bounced quite proficiently on the Bouncerciser.
Bouncercise increases circulation and cardiovascular strength by releasing the toxic buildup in the vessels of circulation system and provides more life-giving oxygen to the muscles of the heart, thereby strengthening the cardiovascular muscles. Latent capillaries in various body tissues will become stimulated and open up to decrease circulatory resistance. With the increased circulation, the increased blood flow to injured or weakened body parts will promote healing and rehabilitation.
One of the major contributors to aging and destruction of cells is the lack of oxygen. The aerobic component of Bouncercise brings oxygen to your circulatory system and distributes it throughout the body. Again, it’s like that car that doesn’t get enough oxygen in the carburetor, the fuel does not burn completely, and we get byproducts of incomplete combustion. In our body, the byproducts of incomplete metabolism, not getting enough oxygen to burn the fuel completely, releases the toxic byproducts, which destroys our cells and is responsible for accelerating the aging process.
John A. Friedrich, M.D., of Duke University, writing in the Journal of Physical Education, says that moving the muscles, especially the large leg muscles (as done in Bouncercise), aids blood circulation exceedingly. Dr. Friedrich stated:
“the combination of the large leg muscles massaging the blood back to the heart along with the effect of diaphragmatic action very significantly enhances the total circulatory efficiency, and in the process, minimizes the stress put on the heart, inasmuch as the leg muscles and diaphragm act as auxiliary hearts by assisting in blood flow.”
The lymphatic system produces and stores cells that fight infection (lymphatic cells) as well as the channels that carry lymph. It runs parallel with the veins and arteries, but unlike the circulatory system, it has no pump. The lymphatic system relies on body movement to open and close the one-way valves to carry lymphatic cells through the channels.
In discussing the importance of the lymphatic system, Dr. C. Samuel West, Lymphologist and author of “The Golden Seven Plus One,” states:
“The tissues of the body, which comprise bones, flesh and organs, excrete waste products as a result of their daily work. These must be quickly removed, or the tissues involved will suffer damage.”
When the lymphatic system is congested, the cells become deprived of oxygen, affecting the body’s ability to rid itself of its own waste material. Over time, other body systems that rely on the lymphatic system for waste removal will also become compromised, setting the stage for pain and disease.
Bouncercise activates the lymphatic system, increasing lymphocytes that will eat away diseased cells. Just a few minutes of Bouncercising may increase lymph flow as much as fifteen times.
If I chose the most important benefit of Bouncercise, this would be it. Disease does not like oxygen and it does not like a stimulated lymphatic system.
The immune system is a complex organization of organs–highly specialized cells and even a circulatory system separate from blood vessels–all of which work together to clear foreign invaders the likes of bacteria, viruses, and toxins from the body.
The organs of the immune system, positioned throughout the body, are called lymphoid organs. The word “lymph” in Greek means a pure, clear stream–an appropriate description considering its appearance and purpose. The circulation of the lymphatic cells is through a network of ducts or tubs that have no pump as the blood system relies on the heart for circulation it vital fluid. This system requires movement or massage to transfer the defense cells to various areas of the body.
When the immune system is chronically responding to toxins, such as the mercury in our teeth, it does not always have the fortitude to deal with these agents on a day-to-day basis. For example, we may already have a cold virus in our body, but our immune system had stopped it from taking over. It is when our immune system is weakened that the cold virus is then allowed to thrive. The immune system responds to attitude. Even smiling stimulates the thymus gland, which is part of the immune system, sending out an army of T cells to the various white blood cell manufacturing sites in the body to respond to the irritation, be it a toxin, bacteria, or virus.
Removes trapped blood proteins from around the cells where they hold fluid and can cause pain and disease.
Bouncercise increases circulation around the joints and facilitates the release of the bone-dissolving acid byproducts of incomplete metabolism resulting in lack of oxygen due to inactivity.
Bouncercise improves the efficiency of metabolism by increasing the amount of oxygen to every cell in our body thereby facilitating the release of toxic buildup and improves nutrients in the cells. Also strength training accompanied by aerobic exercise will increase lean muscle mass, which will also increase metabolism. According to a study conducted by renowned fitness expert and researcher, Dr. Wayne Westcott, weight loss is up to three times more effective when aerobics is combined with strength training.
Bouncercise improves the development of lean body mass by improving metabolism thereby reducing fat buildup and improving the development of muscle fibers.
Reduce cellulite through enhanced lymphatic stimulation – Bouncercise decreases cellulite by increasing circulation of the muscles and the release of toxic fat buildup. Strength training accompanied by aerobic exercise, the body will increase lean muscle mass and reduce fat.
Bouncercising facilitates the peristaltic movement of the large intestines responsible for healthy eliminations. The bouncing movement stimulates circulation in the digestive tract. Don’t be surprised if your Bouncercise workout gets interrupted.
Susan, one of my patients, who had chronic constipation issues, quietly shared with me that after her first Bouncercise workout; she experienced the biggest bowel movement of her life. Those aren’t her exact words, but the idea is there.
Conventional exercise will not address the smaller, more obscure muscles in the body. Bouncercise strengthens the cells of the sphincter muscles, building increased bladder control within approximately two to four weeks.
The eye is a muscle. All muscles experience stimulation during Bouncercise, which supplies an environment where the perceptual system matures at a more rapid rate. Bouncing lends rhythm to the brain, which allows the eye some externally generated rhythm to rely on and then become more coordination.
My vision is greatly strained by the practice of dentistry, and I have often noticed that my vision seems clearer after Bouncercising. Part of the magic of Bouncercise is that different systems in the body are put into a mode of rhythmic environment adaptation. It is that adjustment that sharpens and exercises the system being impacted. Hence, vision, balance, coordination will all be positively affected.