Jump for Health
If you have been feeling a tad sluggish lately, with long hours in the day spent travelling, sitting at a desk, a sedentary lifestyle, work, it could be because of a sluggish lymph system.
Vertical motion workouts such as some of the movements in Bollywood dance, for example jumping, skipping trampoling (rebounding) are different and much more effective than horizontal motion workouts (such as jogging or running) for the lymph system.
The lymph fluid moves through channels or “vessels” that are filled with one-way valves, so it always moves in the same direction. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, up the arms and up the torso. This is why the vertical up-and-down movement of jumping is so effective to pump the lymph fluid.
The rebounding motion also stimulates internal organs, moves the cerebral-spinal fluid, and the aqueous fluid within the eyes (many people even claim improved eyesight), and does wonders for the intestines. Many immune cells such as T-lymphocytes and macrophages are self-propelled by amoebic action. These cells contain molecules identical to those in muscle tissue. All cells in the body become stronger in response to the increased G-force during jumping, and this cellular exercise results in the self-propelled immune cells being up to five times more active. The "job description" of these cells includes "eating" viruses, bacteria, and even cancer cells, so it is important that they be active, as this form of exercise directly strengthens the immune system.
So if you are looking for a boost, consider jumping, or Bollywood dancing, and see how you fee. Of course ask your doctor if you have any health issues.
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
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