The most common form of exercise prescribed to obese individuals is in the form of an easy walking program or joining a gym. However, ailments such as fibromyalgia or hurting knees most often prevent these people from getting into a healthy exercise routine.
Whole body vibration is easy for those with limited abilities. Set on a low vibration frequency, whole body vibration exerts very minimal stress on joints. By continuing to use a vibration platform on a regular basis and steadily increasing the vibration frequency, people will be able to see results only within a few weeks. By introducing someone to vibration therapy as an introduction to exercise, it paves the way to a walking or strength program and a healthier lifestyle.
A three month study on obese people using vibration therapy found that their metabolism improved by 12%. This is a significant finding in regards to a person’s caloric burn rate. As a person’s caloric burn rate increases, so does the total amount of calories being burned.
When all is said and done, whole body vibration exercise is considered a strength training tool. The best part of this exercise is that it is faster and easier than traditional strength training. Nicknamed the “lazy person’s” form of exercise, standing on this vibrating platform for 20 minutes can give similar results that a one-hour conventional work out could give you. Considering obese patients may experience pain when attempting conventional workouts, or cannot engage in long running exercises, this vibration platform is a step in the right direction.
It may be tough to wrap the brain around how this exercise is supposed to be beneficial. However, the psychological benefits will keep people on this machine. Increased oxygenation, a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol and an increase of muscle mass (to name a few benefits) will keep someone motivated and dedicated. Motivation and dedication are keys to continuing success.
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