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Something about blogging makes us painfully honest doesn’t it?  Maybe it’s because a bunch of unknown people read along with our lives, we could just stop writing and we wouldn’t have to be accountable to any of the readers again.  But accountability is also the most amazing motivator!  My painfully honest confession is this: I’ve been horrible about working out.  Truth is, I hate working out.  When I was a kid we would play tag, hot lava monster, and ghost in the graveyard, even red light green light.  All of those (even if we made some of them up ourselves) were exercise, we would run, jump, dodge and laugh the entire time.  As an adult workouts are in gyms on machines, or running or bike riding.  Sure there are things like yoga and Pilates but I do believe them to be against my faith in Christ and I don’t to participate in them, besides that I get bored!  Why can’t workouts be like they were when we were kids?  Why can’t we laugh and feel goofy while doing them?  Why do they feel like WORK?

Two views of local Extension leaders drilling ...

Two views of local Extension leaders drilling in physical exercise in middies and bloomers, ... (Photo credit: Cornell University Library)

Now don’t get me wrong, I love going for walks, and I love going hiking, we also do a ton of mushroom hunting and these things are all enjoyable forms of exercise.  However, I live in Oregon, the joke here is that all locals have webbed feet.  It rains all the time here.  I’m a true Oregonian, born and raised and am pretty much use to the constant rain, but it does hinder the desire to go out for a walk and gives me WAAAAAAY too many excuses.  I am good at excuses!

My last birthday (June 2011) Hubby bought me what I wanted, an Urban Rebounder.  See my Mom found a used rebounder (aka mini trampoline) at a garage sale for like $20.  It was old, the springs were old, and I bounced on that thing until all the springs broke, I even replaced some but found that the older springs were a different size than the new trampolines, so they were either too big, or too small.  It was a fun workout though.  I felt like a little kid jumping on a trampoline in their back yard squealing with delight!  Once my trampoline died, I begged Hubby to work a deal with a guy on Craigslist for a new Urban Rebounder, still in the box.  To my delight he did!  Then we moved.  We just moved into our new house in November, feel free to read about the adventure in a previous blog I posted Bought a House, Just Took a Year… So if you took the time to read that novel you will understand that my rebounder couldn’t be used in the junky trailer we lived in, I would have fallen through the floor!  We were in limbo from July 2011 to November 2011.  Since getting our house, I have not been good at starting the rebounding again.  Hubby does MMA fighting and we’ve worked out some together, me holding the mitts for him, or him for me.  It is a very good stress reliever to punch something. 😀

Needak Folding Rebounder

Needak Folding Rebounder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why a rebounder?  First off, it’s fun!  I’m all about making fitness fun.  There are some major benefits to rebounding though, you get all the benefits of weight bearing exercises but in a low intensity, easy on your joints way.  My favorite part about rebounding is that it moves your lymphatic system.  Your lymph system is so very important? “The lymph fluid acts like the clean-up crew for your body. You know that you are made of water and fluids. There are very few solid parts of your body. All of those fluids are usually contained in cells. There are some fluids found between the cells or actually seep out of the cells. This intercellular fluid slowly begins to accumulate and must be returned to the cells and the blood stream. Enter the lymph system. The lymph system gathers those fluids and returns them to your blood. The lymph system is also closely associated with your immune system and swelling of tissues after an injury.”
(used from http://www.biology4kids.com/files/systems_lymphatic.html) The important thing to remember about your lymph system is it unlike your blood has no pump, you must move your lymph system yourself.  The best way to do that is rebounding.  After the first time I used my rebounder, I woke up the next morning with a very sore throat and very swollen lymph glands.  I found out first hand that my poor lymph system was toxic.  After that first time I never had any more issues, but again I haven’t been so consistent lately.

My thought is this, I’m drinking wonderfully pure God given juice daily, I need to get on my trampoline and bounce!  I saw this video years ago which inspired my trampoline purchase. So my desire is to bounce AT LEAST 30 minutes a day, I am saying this to stay accountable.  Hold me to it! No more excuses!  Tonight I’m dusting that puppy off and getting to it!  Bounce with me 🙂

 

Also this great video!

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