Here’s another 21 day practice which ticks many many boxes and is a joy to do.
In fact, I found it much harder NOT doing this than doing it in and in a very short time felt immediate benefits.
Choose how many days per week you can reasonably commit to and what time in the day and do it for those three weeks and review at the end. Three to six bounces per week for 20 to 40 minutes each time is a good guide. I find first thing best!
You’re creating a habit here so it will get easier and more enjoyable and can help speed up and deepen the ability to create good habits in other areas of your life!
You can get a rebounder for inside and outside use or a trampoline for outside.
This is a feel-good, happy exercise. There are masses of physical benefits which I’ll firstly briefly describe but I want to add something more….
We know it increases lymph fluid circulation so helps flush toxins from the body.
It improves proprioception – the ability to sense the position, balance and interaction of all body parts and how they relate to each other and outside themselves. For example- Try standing on one leg with your eyes closed! Feel how the parts are trying to stabilise and balance. This is happening all the time you are bouncing.
It works the core muscles and the major muscle groups.
Low and equal impact on all the joints. They are comfortably cushioned as you bounce.
It increases the oxygen uptake to all the tissues.
Enhances digestion and elimination. The internal organs get a good massage from the constant up and down!
Improves your heart and cardiovascular work out.
Here’s the more……
The weightlessness experienced at the top of every bounce relaxes the muscles and produces a sense of freedom and ease that has huge psychological benefits as well as the physiological ones mentioned above.
At this point there can be a feeling of connection to what’s around you and outside yourself. You don’t have to carry yourself momentarily. There is effortlessness. A sense of relief. I can let go a bit and trust. And I don’t have to think about it. I can get myself out of my own way and let something else happen. This can help change unconscious and conscious negative conditioning. The world can be a good place and I’m happy to be part of it. We can generate new and better beliefs and meanings about the world and our place in it.
And with arms outstretched the posturing allows feelings of hope and joy to arise.Try bouncing like this when you’re depressed and you’ll see what I mean!
As part of the practice, be conscious of bringing your awareness away from higher brain chatter and thought. Look at the horizon if you’re outside- good for long range eyesight and relaxing the eye muscles and takes us out of high beta brain wave state and into alpha so less hyper vigilance, problem focused, fear – based and more creativity and connection. Bring awareness into the body then back to the horizon or the birds or the vase of flowers. Rest in the beauty and wonder. Any thoughts, gently bring yourself back to body and surroundings. Bring in a gratitude practice which we know is the most physiologically beneficial state we can possibly be in.