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  • #16
    Hi Allbeef - Try Hippocrates Health Institute and Spa in West Palm Beach Florida. They have a site. It's a raw food, organic lifestyle with all kinds of therapies including lymphatic massage (I've been there and had it done ). I'm sure you'll get some objective information from them on the benefits of rebounding for the purpose of pumping lymphatic fluid and keeping it circulating. They have several pieces of equipment in their gym which serve to help lymphatic drainage. They use rebounders as part of their physical therapy workouts and aerobics classes, etc. Their toll free number is (800) 842-2125. They do not sell their rebounders or any other equipment used at the spa. I wanted to buy one of theirs and was turned down. So I went directly to the manufacturer in California. Smartest move I ever made. Good luck. I had seen a few articles on the benefits of rebounding which were not from vendors or self-serving companies. Keep looking and you'll become well-informed. If you call them, ask for Yvonne - she gives the classes which include Pilates and the rebounders. She is knowledgeable and will be glad to educate you - and she has no ulterior motives. Trust me. Be blessed.....Suzi
    LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO FOLD YOUR UNDERWEAR

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    • #17
      Thanks, Suzi!

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      • #18
        Also, I have found several summaries from the Journal of Applied Physiology wherein NASA comments on the benefits of trampoline rebounding. Here is the link to the abstract of that article: http://jap.physiology.org/cgi/content/abstract/49/5/881

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Allbeef Patty View Post
          Thanks, Suzi!
          Oh, and by the way, if this doesn't convince you that rebounding has positive affects on the immune system, nothing will. A letter from my oncologist to my health insurance company got them to pay for my top-of-the-line rebounder ! When was the last time you heard of that happening?
          LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO FOLD YOUR UNDERWEAR

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          • #20
            An insurance company paying! That is impressive! I just had to pay for my own calcium CT scan, and I'm probably going to be paying for my own VAP test at my next appointment.

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            • #21
              The PB template makes it pretty damn effortless to lose weight and get in shape.

              My advice is too stop making excuses. Life isn't easy... finding time & motivation to excersise isn't easy. Sure there are days where I don't feel like working out because my back is stiff, kid was up all night, tired from working all day with no breaks, but you know what... I still do. I can squeeze a 20 min workout in and feel great.

              The "sore feet and bad knees" will get better with excersise... strength, flexibility, and just general use will improve those ailments. People that can "lift 350 pounds" probably started with 45. You can still run in "crummy weather"... buy some gloves.

              If you're happy with what you see in the mirror, than by all means, skip a workout or do the "bare minimum"... if not then get out there and train hard. If train hard for you is walk and a light jog... then so be it.

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              • #22
                This happened many moons ago, when some companies still had a shred of integrity left, and when I still had a shred of health insurance left!! Alas, the "good old days" are over, but I make sure I have what I need and life is good.
                LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO FOLD YOUR UNDERWEAR

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                • #23
                  Thanks!

                  Thanks for all the replies. Lots of good ideas in here. I'm going to follow up on several of them.

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                  • #24
                    Good for you!

                    Once you really get into the swing of primal living, exercise becomes something you WANT to do, not something you need to do. Best wishes!

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                    • #25
                      To Allbeef - Concerning your wish to find objective information, if you Google "Bouncing for Health, Scott E. Miners" you'll find his article(s) recounting many reasons to use a rebounder. This is simply written, easy to understand and factual. Also, "The Miracles of Rebound Exercise" by the famous trampolinist Albert Carter.

                      You have probably found lots of articles on your own by now, and I'm sure you've been somewhat enlightened as to the benefits of rebounding. Hope this has helped.
                      LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO FOLD YOUR UNDERWEAR

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                      • #26
                        Thanks, Suzibren. I've found some interesting stuff, but I'm going to hold off on buying (truthfully... anything) a trampoline for now. I've been doing box jumping at CrossFit, and now I have to learn to jump rope. My goal is to learn to land without undue impact, so I'm hoping to get some of the benefits of rebounding while still trying to preserve whatever little cartilage I have left in my knees. But if money is in my future, I'll get a trampoline.

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                        • #27
                          Sorry - but after I looked at Albert Carter's site, I realized that he is selling stuff, so we can forget his objectivity! Sorry about mentioning him. - but glad you did your research and found a way to keep moving. Good luck !
                          LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO FOLD YOUR UNDERWEAR

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                          • #28
                            I read a lot of that post, and I liked a lot of what I read. I think I may be spoiled by Taubes (still reading that book), because I'm looking for studies that show a benefit beyond what you'd get from jumping and plyometrics. The things that I'm finding are basically pointing towards the "easier on the joints" end of the spectrum, which is certainly worthy of consideration in my case.

                            I did my first official CrossFit class the other day. Up until now we'd been in the introductory classes to learn the moves. During one of those classes, our trainer took out jump ropes, but I think he assessed our fitness and coordination, and came to the conclusion that our time would be better spent elsewhere, so he put them away mid-session. In other words, he knew it would take the whole hour to get us to get the rope under once or twice. At my first class the "warmup" was one minute of kettlebell swing followed by one minute of jump rope for three rounds. Having to try to jump rope in front of people who knew how to do it (including some senior citizens) ranked up there with showing up for a test in high school in your underwear on the embarrassment scale. I watched some videos and read some articles on the CrossFit Journal site, and I'm starting to get the hang of it on my own. I hope the next time that comes up in a class won't be so bad.

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                            • #29
                              Hey Allbeef - Whew! I'm out of breath just reading your post! Don't get discouraged. Keep on keepin' on and soon you'll shine. Suzi
                              LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO FOLD YOUR UNDERWEAR

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                              • #30
                                Cathy, I have cerebral palsy that affects my left side, motor skills. I also have bone on bone arthritis in my left CP affected knee and moderate arthritis in my "good" right hand.

                                When I started working out I started with 5 mins/day on the treadmill. I slowly added time, weekly, until I now do 5 miles/day 5 times a week. I added sprints after finding MDA a few months ago. I was 60lbs heavier when I started.

                                Lifting heavy things is more of a challenge for me as my left wrist collapses when I lift more than 5 lbs in any way other than a carrying situation. I have made modifications by strapping ankle weights to my arm but that can only go so far.

                                I'd love to hear suggestions from others on how to modify things further.

                                As for motivation, I like to equate the habit of exercise to brushing one's teeth. You dont go without brushing and you usually do it at set times. The same with exercise. Pick a time to do it, then just do it. For me that's in the morning when I first get up. After a while it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth.

                                So, start small and slow. Make it routine and then add new things at a pace and in ways that challenge your body safely.

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