Throughout Rambam’s writings on medicine and health, is the unmistakable emphasis on physical exercise. Rambam was so resolute about the necessity of physical activity that he wrote, “Exercise repels the damage done by most of man’s bad habits.” It could be inferred from his teachings that he afforded even greater importance to exercise than to proper nutrition.  Rambam defined exercise as “any physical activity that increases body temperature and respiration.”

One of the best was to engage in such physical activity is by rebounding, the sport of bouncing on a specialized mini trampoline.This cardiovascular exercise improves circulation, increases the capacity of the heart and lungs, lowers cholesterol, reduces stress and tension, improves muscle tone, increases energy and vitality, boosts the lymphatic system, and much more. Rebounding is suitable for just about anyone at any age and ability. One of the biggest advantages is that it can be done at home and fits easily around busy lifestyles.

N.A.S.A. praises rebounding as “the most efficient and effective exercise yet devised by man,” and their extensive research showed rebounding to be 68 percent more effective than jogging. A study conducted at the University of Oklahoma revealed that the mat of a rebounder absorbs 87 percent of the shock, making it practically shock-free – a huge advantage for anyone suffering from pain in the knees, back and joints.

Aside from the aerobic benefits, rebounding offers some uncommon benefits for the lymphatic system, which carries, stores and eliminates toxins and excess fluid from every part of our body. Lymphatic fluid is moved through the body much like a hydraulic pressure system, as opposed to blood, which is pumped by the heart. Lymph tubes are filled with one-way valves that only open up toward the center of the body. If this flow is impaired, the fluid becomes thick and toxic. Rebounding stimulates lymph pump activity, encouraging this process.

Professional rebounders are not children’s trampolines, and quality ones cost about $250.  Cheaper models can be stiff and don’t offer adequate cushioning and support. In the long run, they can cause damage to your body. A quality rebounder should feature a stable six-leg design, a solid system of springs that taper at the ends, a non-slip mat, and stability for weights of up to 250 lbs.

Most rebound professionals recommend gradually working up to rebounding 30 minutes a day. But no matter how long you do it, every time you get on the rebounder you are doing something good for your body and your health.