Low-impact exercise is something that’s absolutely worth looking into for any kind of regime of physical fitness. Mini trampolines make it easy to practice rebounding, which is sort of like jumping up and down like a little kid, except with more focused intentions. However, to get the full effect of rebounding, it’s probably better to act like a little kid, because the free movements of children are sometimes the very goal of fitness. There are plenty of benefits that come from this kind of exercise, and one of the more controversial comes from reports of improved vision.
How does this exercise actually improve the eyes, and how can one exercise to get that maximum benefit? There are actually a few different opinions on these questions, and it’s too much to cover even in a chapter, but some of the basic ideas are as follows:
Any kind of exercise that’s positive will have positive benefits on the entire body. Getting the body to move means that all of the cells are moving, and this can help keep the tissues vibrant, flexible, and strong. Jumping is then very good for the eyes, because the eyes are made of cells, like anything else, and the movement stimulates growth and development. But this kind of low-impact exercise also helps people to relax, and move more freely, like a child. This can help with vision according to some schools of thought, because the eyes tend to tense up to focus, when natural vision is unfocused.
There was an eye doctor named William Horatio Bates who, in the early 20th century, came out with some findings about vision that are often used in the arguments supporting rebounding and improved sight. He felt that corrective lenses were not necessary at all, and people merely needed to learn how to use their eyes again. This included exercising them, just like every other part of the body needs exercise.
Although his theories are very interesting, and even encouraging, they have not held up very well in light of contemporary medical findings. There may be some truth to it, and there are no real formal ways of exercising the eyes with the trampoline, so the best way to test the theory is to start bouncing and learn to enjoy it. Fortunately, that’s not difficult to do.