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8 Amazing Benefits of Using an Under Desk Exercise Bike

Most of us are always running a tight schedule which means it is tough to assort time for exercise. This doesn’t mean that exercising isn’t that important it is but we have to find some other convenient way to include the workout in our hectic schedule. This is where the under desk exercise bike finds its purpose. This little piece of equipment has been around us for quite some time, however many of us are still oblivious when it comes to its usefulness. It’s time to shed some light on this workout equipment hence we have compiled a list of 8 amazing benefits of using an under desk exercise bike. There are as follows:   1. Doesn’t compromise your schedule.  Suppose you are in the office working and you decide to work out without hindering your work. In such situations having an under the desk, the bike comes in handy. So all you are required to do is find the best under desk bike and have it set-up under your desk.   2. Assist you in losing that extra weight.  This depends on your workout intensity (and your bodyweight). Based on one estimate you can burn more than 600 calories an hour with the help of a stationary bike. All you need to remember is that you need to burn more calories than you gain on a daily basis.   3. Boosts cardio fitness.  One of the best ways to get your heart going is through cycling. Be it any aerobic (cardiovascular) workouts like cycling, for instance, it strengthens your cardiac muscles, lungs, and muscles by improving the blood and oxygen circulation in the body. Some noted benefits include: Normalizes the blood pressure level. Promotes sleep. Enhances your immune system. Decreases your stress levels.   4. Toughens your lower limb muscles. If you want to make your lower body strong then you have to ride a stationary bike. This pedaling action strengthens your hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves. Besides pedaling can also work on your core, back, and buttock muscles. Your under-desk bike lacks handles, which means only your lower body will get worked out.   5. Eliminates body fat.  A study conducted in 2010 found that a combination of indoor cycling and a low-calorie diet was very effective in losing body weight and body fat. Along with this, it was also effective in reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Note: The participants of that study cycled 45 minutes for 3 times a week while their diet included 1200 calories/day for 12 week.   6. Offers a low-impact workout. One of the sure advantages of using a stationary bike like this is that you don’t have to exert too much pressure. So by using smooth movements you can strengthen your joints and bones with complete ease. Making it ideal for those folks who have joint issues or suffering from injuries of sorts. The thing is when you are running, jogging, or doing other high-impact aerobic workouts your knees, hips, [...]

2021-03-22T15:24:06-07:00By |

Does Medicare Cover Gym Memberships?

Original Medicare covers inpatient and outpatient medical care, as well as some preventive care services. However, gym memberships and fitness programs aren’t part of that coverage. Optional Medicare plans like Medicare Advantage and Medigap, on the other hand, may offer coverage for fitness services. Let’s take a look at how to get your fitness costs covered under these plans, as well as the healthy lifestyle benefits that original Medicare will cover.   Will Medicare pay for my gym membership? Original Medicare is made up of two parts: Part A covers inpatient hospital services and Part B covers outpatient medical care and some preventive services. While it might seem like fitness programs could fall under preventive care, Part B coverage is limited to programs that support physical health for medical conditions. These programs include: occupational therapy physical therapy speech therapy cardiac rehabilitation chiropractic care durable medical equipment Without a medical diagnosis that requires some type of physical therapy or rehabilitation, you’ll need to pay the full cost of fitness center or gym memberships out of pocket if you have only original Medicare. You can opt into optional Medicare plans, such as Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) or Medicare supplement insurance (Medigap). These plans may cover fitness center and gym fees. Coverage varies by plan type, location, and how much you’re willing to pay for your plan.   How do I get a gym membership through my Medicare Advantage plan? Medicare Advantage (Part C) is a type of optional plan offered by private insurance companies. These plans are required to cover at least as much as original Medicare covers in terms of inpatient, outpatient, and preventive care services. Most plans also offer additional services beyond original Medicare. The extra benefits each plan offers depends on: the insurance provider your location the services you choose to include in your plan how much you can pay for coverage   What is SilverSneakers? SilverSneakers is a fitness program designed for adults ages 65 and older. While this program isn’t covered under original Medicare, many Medicare Advantage plans include SilverSneakers or other fitness programs in their coverage. The SilverSneakers program offers more than just gym memberships. There are a number of in-person programs across the country, as well as online programs and services. These benefits include: Wide availability. With this program, you can use more than 17,000 participating fitness centers across the country. Find out what facilities in your area participate by clicking here. Tailored fitness classes. Classes are specifically designed for older adults and tailored for every fitness level. They include chair exercises, water exercise, yoga, tai chi, circuit training, and weight training. SilverSneakers FLEX classes. These classes offer fitness programs outside of the traditional gym. SilverSneakers supports physical health through alternative methods like walking programs, community center classes, park programs, and more. Learn about the FLEX program by clicking here. Online resources. Members have access to an online library of fitness resources, nutrition information, and on-demand classes and workout videos. For a more interactive experience from home, SilverSneakers also offers live online classes. SilverSneakers app. An [...]

2021-03-18T14:53:13-07:00By |

4 Anti-Aging Benefits that Come with Strength Training

There are many ways to slow down the aging process. Many choose to go the “easy” route with expensive plastic surgeries, cosmetic procedures, and fad diets. However, establishing a strength training routine into your daily life will not only have you looking younger, but feeling younger as well. Here are four benefits to strength training that should open your eyes and have you feeling like heading back to the gym soon!   Keep Muscle Mass Muscle is tough to come by. It does not just happen overnight. And the muscle mass you currently have developed over the years will gradually go away as you age unless you do something about it. I made a commitment to strength training a few years back as I noticed how older people will lose their size and actually appear to shrivel up as they age. I don’t want that. I want to retain my quality of life up until my number is called! In addition, research has shown that not only will strength training keep you physically active, but will improve your cognitive abilities as well!   Avoid Injuries As we enter our golden years, injuries can tend to pile up. A small tumble outside could lead to several months on the shelf or worse. People just become more fragile as we age. However, with strength training, we can avoid these injuries. Hitting the weights, either through dumbbells, barbells, or cable machines, can help you avoid osteoporosis and other ailments. Strength training will keep the bone density you currently have or make it stronger, so injuries do not have to be part of your life as you age.   Improve Your Appearance Here is the great thing about those interested in improving their body as they age: Muscle burns fat even while resting. Those extra pounds that seem to accumulate in certain parts of our body as we age do not have to be accepted. By sticking to a strength training routine, your body can look better at 50 or 60 than it did at 40 years of age. Many people spend a lot of money on clothes that they believe make them appear in shape, but hitting the gym and getting the real thing instead is priceless.   Better Cardiovascular Health Heart disease is the number one killer around the globe. It does not care about your age, race, or sex. It is devastating and can strike instantly. Because of this, it makes sense that you should want to improve your cardiovascular health if you want to live longer. Strength training can improve your good cholesterol, reduce your bad cholesterol, and according to recent studies, is even better for your heart than a cardio workout. You want a strong heart? Get strong muscles!   Don’t Go Overboard Strength training does not mean you have to start weightlifting like you are getting ready for the Olympics. A simple every other day routine for thirty minutes to an hour is [...]

2020-12-04T18:21:27-08:00By |

5 Proven Practices to Give You Firm Legs

There are four problem areas that most women have trouble with, and I am no different. These areas of the body are the back of the arms (triceps), the tummy, the butt, and the legs. Other than that, aren’t we all perfect??   I noticed my legs were not looking their best about ten years ago. When we were young, everything came so easy physically. But now, not only do we have to work hard to keep ourselves in good shape, but we have to work smart. I asked a few certified fitness trainers about things I could do to strengthen my legs and definitely make them more tone. I came away with five great answers and have been doing these things consistently for the last six years. And when summer comes around, because of my commitment, I can feel proud in my shorts (smile).   Can’t Out-Train a Bad Diet Health and fitness is 80 percent of what you eat and 20 percent of your daily physical exercise. If your diet is not on point, don’t expect to be able to magically shrink your legs and have them appear slimmer or firmer. If you have tried every diet under the sun and still have weight to lose, say goodbye to diets and go with a lifestyle change instead. Intermittent fasting, refraining from eating for periods of 12 to 16 hours a day, will not only have you lose weight, fat, and inches, but it is good for your cognitive abilities and for a healthy heart.   Bodyweight Squats If you want your legs to appear firm, but not thick enough to make it seem like you can walk with a pickup truck on your back, do bodyweight squats. Your body weight is enough to give your legs a great workout. Plus, bodyweight squats can be performed at home, in the gym, or even while you are taking your lunch break. No special equipment is needed!   Lunges Just like with squats, lunges are a full leg workout. And again, no special equipment is needed. Simply find the biggest room in your house and see how many times you can walk back and forth while doing lunges. Once you establish a number, try beating that number every day. You will get firmer legs and you will be burning serious calories.   Calf Raises Calf raises will not just make your calves more noticeable, but they will give you stronger ankles in the long run. You can do these easily on your steps outside your house once a day and should see the difference in a couple of weeks!   Tan Your Legs Another secret to make legs look great, if you plan on showcasing them, is to use a bronzer or “fake tanner.” Bronzers and tanners are great because tanned skin can camouflage many imperfections. By rubbing a bronzer on them now and then, your legs will appear firmer. Plus, it will hide the cellulite [...]

2020-12-08T15:58:10-08:00By |

5 Great Health Reasons Why You Should Use a Sauna

There was a time when saunas were only found in the fanciest of gyms and health clubs. But now, they are more prevalent in other businesses as well such as the spa, anti-aging clinics, and salons. In fact, it is not uncommon at all to see private residents have their own sauna nowadays in their homes.   There are two main types of saunas to choose from. Infrared saunas are more home-friendly than dry heat saunas, but on the other hand, dry heat saunas can usually get up to a much higher temperature. It all depends on your preference. In an infrared sauna, the body is warmed up by electromagnetic radiation. Dry saunas raise the temperature through a heavy-duty heater. Adding a dry sauna to your home could cost about $5,000. An infrared sauna can be purchased for around $1,000.   We had our own infrared sauna built into the house about a year ago, but there are portable models you can add to your extra bedroom that don’t require any venting and simply plug right into a normal outlet without any special wiring needed! I have used my infrared sauna consistently three or four times a week ever since I got it because of the benefits associated with using an infrared sauna listed below.   Release Stress and Lift Mood There is nothing better than getting my sauna up to about 120 to 140 degrees and relaxing in there for 20 minutes. All the stresses of the day melt away as I read my book or lay down and listen to music. Sauna use also helps with depression because it massively improves mood. If you ever have insomnia, use the sauna right before going to bed and you will sleep like a baby.   Clearer and Younger Looking Skin Dermatologists know how well a sauna can improve the appearance of your skin. Once the temperature gets hot enough, the pores open up and the sweating detoxifies the skin by removing the impurities. This will restore the glow to your skin and reduce future breakouts. Plus, the extra circulation as your blood starts to pump away will make your skin look much younger and healthier as the nutrients are being delivered more efficiently.   Reduce Inflammation Inflammation in the body can bring on serious soreness and pain. There have been studies conducted on both animals and humans that show both types of saunas can reduce inflammation and restore mobility to those suffering from occasional pain to even chronic pain like arthritis. There is a reason why professional athletes will sweat away in a sauna after a tough workout. It relieves the soreness associated with hard work. Being able to combat pain without the use of medication is definitely a positive.   Lose Weight There is a differing of opinions when you read what experts have to say about weight loss and saunas. Some experts will say the weight loss is just temporary. However, there was [...]

2020-12-08T15:51:29-08:00By |

5 Proven Practices to Give You a Flat Tummy

It happens as we age. Back when we were teenagers, we could eat whatever we wanted and still have a flat tummy. This may stay true even into our twenties for many. But then cruel, cruel fate has its way to catch up to us. All of a sudden, those cookies we eat before bed or the chips that we sometimes munch on while watching tv start affecting our waistline seemingly overnight. It’s like a switch has been flipped and our metabolism isn’t what it used to be.   But that is alright. Because we can either change with the times and still keep our flat tummy or admit defeat and wear sweatpants for the rest of our lives. And while sweatpants come in all types of styles and colors nowadays, I didn’t want them to be 90 percent of my wardrobe. I decided to look into what could give me that slim stomach that I have always desired. I made these changes and am more than pleased with the results. I hope they help you as well!   Water, Water, and More Water I know it is generic as it focuses on a one-size-fits-all model, but for women, our daily caloric intake should be no more than 2,000 calories. For men, it is closer to 2,500 calories a day. This does not take height into account so be sure to adjust accordingly when figuring out how many calories you can take in a day and still have a flat stomach. In any case, switching over to drinking water with all of my meals made a huge difference in my body fat percentage. Too many people drink sodas and other high calories drinks every day. This is just one of the main reasons why nearly 40 percent of people are obese in this country. Water has zero calories and will keep you feeling full longer, so you do not have to eat as much. So, drink up and include several glasses of water with all of your meals!   Exercise Consistently While it is true that abs are made in the kitchen, exercising does not hurt either. Exercise burns calories and fat. Besides regular cardio exercises like walking and running, there are also numerous great core exercises you can choose from and do on a consistent basis without the need for any special equipment. For instance, planking and leg raises will strengthen your abs and obliques so once you get your body fat percentage down low enough, you will be the envy of all of your friends with your chiseled tummy.   Commit to Intermittent Fasting Intermittent fasting is not to be confused with a diet as you can still eat your normal foods. It is a lifestyle change. With intermittent fasting, you refrain from eating and drinking (most beverages) usually anywhere from 12 to 20 hours a day. This results in losing serious weight and the bad fat around your belly. Since you are [...]

2020-12-08T15:41:11-08:00By |

How to Finally Become a Runner

I remember the day very well. The truth is I always had thought about becoming a runner, but just never made the commitment to it through high school, college, or even my twenties. However, I knew once I had committed to purchasing my first real pair of running shoes that I was going to give this a go.   Why the Need to Become a Runner I always admired runners as they challenged themselves physically and mentally to go that extra mile. Plus, being able to get a good workout while clearing your mind and running out in the country is something that really appealed to me.   Plan Ahead of Time The great thing about becoming a runner is that it really does not cost anything except your time. I spent $50 on running shoes and have enough fitness clothes to run in so I definitely didn’t need to go out and get more. I also use my phone to supply the tunes as I sweat on down the road and have an assortment of headphones to choose from. When I started running, I did a couple of miles twice a week only on sunny days. Now I try to run every other day, regardless of rain or shine, for a few miles each time. And it may sound silly, but I actually get excited about planning the course that I am running each time out. It is like a little private adventure as I explore side roads that I have never been on before.   The Benefits Associated with Running I had noticed that I had a few extra pounds accumulating in areas of my body that I was not happy about. Why is it that the extra weight always goes to the wrong places? Anyway, the American Council on Exercise has created a chart on how many calories different exercises burn, and at the top of the list of most effective calorie-burning exercises is running. It will definitely get you the most bang for your buck! Heart disease is the number one killer across the globe. Running can decrease blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol as well. Looking good on the outside as well as the inside is something to strive for. Bone density also decreases as we get older. This makes us more susceptible to injury. As an example, my great aunt is getting up there in age and she took a slight fall a couple of months ago. It didn’t look serious, but she broke a bone. Running can build stronger bones so when you get to the age of my aunt, a little tumble will not have you on the shelf for months. Exercise, in general, will improve your mood. But there is something about being outside in nature and working up a sweat while running that seems to be the best therapy one can experience. In a world where more doctors seem to be prescribing medication while exercise [...]

2020-10-27T15:41:59-07:00By |

5 Reasons Why Stand Up Paddleboarding is the Perfect Post-Lockdown Adventure

One of the songs that was released during the lockdown that resonated with many people was Sofi Tukker’s “House Arrest”. The months of lockdown caused by the pandemic wreaked havoc on our travel schedules, vacations and itineraries. Things have now started to open back up, but the pandemic has transformed the way people think about traveling, going on adventures, and taking vacations. While traveling to a far flung destination may not be in the cards for quite some time, outdoor adventures like paddle boarding are a fantastic way to get outdoors and release some pent up energy. Find out why a paddle boarding adventure is one of our top recommended post-lockdown activities.   Stand up Paddle Board Adventures: 5 Ways They Drive Away Post Lockdown Blues Here are 5 awesome benefits of stand up paddleboarding that will convince you why it’s such a great post-lockdown adventure.   Nature Therapy  When the pandemic started, news of people becoming anxious, stressed, and depressed began to emerge. Even the uncertainty of what will happen after restrictions are lifted can trigger feelings of anxiety, and stress. Some call it the post-lockdown anxiety, or post-quarantine blues. Immersing yourself in nature has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and has a positive effect on mood. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the best ways to get out into nature in a safe, socially distant way.   Paddle Boarding is a Great Way to Socially Distance Stand up paddleboarding is not considered a risky activity and does not pose a big threat, especially as compared to other outdoor activities like contact sports or group tours. It’s a naturally socially distanced adventure, many times with miles of water in between you and the next paddler. This is a big plus - you have the ability to keep yourself socially distant and safe during your adventure. As you ply the waters, you don’t have to worry about running into people or wearing a mask. Plus, paddle boarding at your local lake, beach or river can help you relax, unwind, and feel “normal” again. The sound of the water, the gentle rocking of the kayak, and your beautiful surroundings will do wonders to bring calm to your mind and body.   Paddle Boarding is a Good Workout  If you feel like you’ve gained an extra bulge in the course of the quarantine, you can SUP your way to weight loss. An hour on the board can help you work off as much as 600 calories! That much calories without jumping and burpees?! Yes, please! Stand up paddleboarding is also an amazing way to get your cardio on. Paddling can work your legs, abs, arms, and chest. If you missed your high intensity workouts, going on a SUP trip can help you feel like you’re back on track with your fitness again!   The Oxytocin Rush of Paddle Boarding  Good exercise = happy hormones. Research has found out that a good outdoor [...]

2020-10-07T15:23:40-07:00By |

5 Amazing Benefits of Planking

Old fashioned situps are a thing of the past for those wanting to work their core. There just seem to be too many studies completed where situps have done damage to a person’s neck or back. They should have gone with a better alternative instead. That alternative would be planks! A plank is a strength exercise movement that many times is common to the form of a pushup. The goal is to hold the form for a considerable amount of time as it trains and strengthens your body.   1. Full Body Workout Instead of doing an exercise that just targets your core, why don’t you get more bang for your buck and do an exercise movement that is really a full body workout? Holding a plank will work just about all of your muscles throughout your body. When I started doing planks, I quickly noticed that not only did it seem to start to slim my waist, but it firmed up the back of my arms as well. Our triceps are a problem area for many of us and planks can definitely help with this!   2. Bodyweight Exercise That Gets Results You need no special fitness equipment to do a plank. Perform these on your living room floor, in the gym, or outside in the grass. In a world where it seems like there is equipment needed for every exercise movement, the plank won’t cost you anything extra. All it requires is your bodyweight. Plus, you can make the plank easier or harder by making slight adjustments at the height you are placing your feet and forearms.   3. A Variety of Planks to Choose From You could do a completely different form of the plank every day of the week if you wanted. With many exercises, there is just one way to do them and do them safely. On the other hand, the number of planks you can actually do are almost endless. It really all depends on the exact muscle groups you wanted to focus on for the day.   4. A Full Core Exercise Many core exercises just train one or two areas of your midsection while planks are able to train multiple core areas at once. A few of these muscle groups you may have not heard about since your days in Science class, but get ready to brush up on your anatomy. Transversus Abdominis Rectus Abdominus Obliques Glutes Hips Lower Back Spine   5. Improve Posture As we get older, our posture seems to sort of cave in on itself. Shoulders begin to sag and the back seems to stoop over a bit. Are we just expected to accept this as a sign of aging? It doesn’t have to be that way. Strength training increases bone density and planking will definitely work wonders with your posture. You will be standing up straight and proud for decades to come as long as you keep consistent with your planking exercises. [...]

2020-10-01T11:16:12-07:00By |

4 Healthy Benefits of Stretching

We can probably all remember from our school days how in gym class we used to spend the first five minutes being led through various stretches. Day in and day out, always started off with stretching. Back when I was younger, I thought it was a waste of time. I wanted to get out there and play kickball or even throw a few dodgeballs around. The last thing I wanted to do was spend our precious gym class time doing arm and leg stretches. And then I got older. I quickly realized the error of my ways.   1. Improved Flexibility Do you ever get out of bed in the morning and feel like the Tin Man needing a few squirts of oil just to get the joints moving again? The older I get, the more often I start my first morning steps with the robot walk because it takes me a bit to get loosened up. A regular stretching routine makes all the difference in the world for improving flexibility and mobility. Taking 15 minutes stretching in the morning or before and after physical activity can ensure your flexibility stays on point.   2. Increased Blood Circulation Stretching gets the blood flowing throughout the body. This is a very good thing. Increased blood circulation allows oxygen to flow better to the brain and other organs, healthier skin, improved healing and cell growth, and transports nutrients much more efficiently.   3. Relieves Stress and Promotes Calmness Many debate whether yoga is just fancy stretching with a different name attached to it. I practice yoga regularly for flexibility and its many health benefits. Regardless of what side you are on in this discussion, stretching can promote calmness and will help let stress melt away from your mind. It really can be a type of meditation as your breathing gets synched in with your body’s movements. Playing some nice soft music during your stretching routine will enhance the outcome as you make a full commitment to relaxing.   4. Decrease Pain It is quite common to hear people talk about constant pain as they get older. It might be their legs, back, shoulders, or perhaps their neck that is giving them a hard time. In this day and age, it seems like these problems are trying to be solved through medication at the pharmacy. Instead, we should really look at the all-natural route if possible. Stretching can do wonders for ridding yourself of needless pain. Stretching can relieve tight muscles so they do not feel cramped up all the time and can alleviate pain from your joints as well. Before turning to extra pills to lessen the pain, try stretching and see what that can do. It may just surprise you!   Get into a Regular Routine Plan a time each day to get your new stretching routine into place. Find a time that works into your schedule the best or when you think you could use [...]

2020-09-28T10:55:53-07:00By |

What Does Exercise Do For Your Mental Health?

Everyone knows that exercise is good for your physical health. Improving your fitness, benefitting your general health, and keeping your weight in check are all proven pluses to working out. But did you know that exercise can help your mental health too? In fact, exercise can make a huge difference to your mental health is a whole range of different ways — and can particularly help people struggling with anxiety and stress. In this post, we’ll be looking at what exercise can do for your mental health and exploring the many positive benefits that getting active can have. Related: Ten Ways to Stay Active as We Age   1. Exercise releases “feel-good” chemicals in your body One of the main reasons people cite exercise as being good for your mental health is because it releases “feel-good” chemicals in your body — improving your mood and overall happiness. You’ve probably heard of them: endorphins. It’s not just endorphins that physical activity stimulates the release of either —  serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine are all also released when you do exercise. Each of these brain chemicals (known as neurotransmitters) plays an important part in regulating your mood and boosting your overall wellbeing. As well as helping you to feel happy, energized, and motivated, these neurotransmitters can help to alleviate the feelings and symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.   2. Exercise promotes mindfulness Exercise can help to promote mindfulness; increasing your ability to be fully present in the moment, rather than zoning out or letting your mind wander. If you’re regularly feeling overwhelmed by everything around you and your own thoughts, then mindfulness can have a positive influence on your mental health. Exercise can help you to achieve this mindfulness. Concentrate on how your body feels and the rhythm of your movements as you exercise — the movement of breath in and out of your body. Think of regular activity as an investment in your mind, body, and soul: by being truly present in the physical sensations in your body, you can achieve a zen-like mindset which will benefit your mental health. By practicing these techniques, you’ll find yourself focusing on the task at hand, rather than getting distracted by worries and negative thoughts. You might not realize it right away, but a repetitive exercise that you can lose yourself in — like swimming or run — will promote feelings of calmness within you.   3. It relieves the physical symptoms of stress & other issues If you have ever suffered from stress or a similar type of poor mental health, you’ll know that these problems don’t just manifest themselves in how you feel or think; they impact your body and physical fitness too. For example, if you are feeling stressed or anxious, you will find that your muscles are often extremely tight, leaving you feeling tense, achy and painful. These feelings can affect your neck, back, shoulders and give you tension headaches. They may cause stomach problems, [...]

2020-10-02T10:28:25-07:00By |

3 Reasons Why You Should Try a Vibration Fitness Machine

When figuring out what type of workout routine you would like to add to your repertoire, some people might choose to do some aerobic conditioning or strength training program. However, one that is often getting overlooked, perhaps because the equipment is not readily available to many at the local gym, is the vibration fitness machine. I use my vibration fitness machine at home daily to stay in shape, and they are available to purchase for people that are even on the tightest budget. As you stand, lay down, or sit on top of the vibrating machine, the whole-body will be pulsating and while it does, the benefits will quickly add up!   Weight Loss As always, don’t just blindly accept claims from fitness companies about how great their diet or latest equipment is performing. Always do the research. And in a study conducted by the European Association for the Study of Obesity demonstrated that overweight women lost weight while using a vibration fitness machine and sticking to a healthy diet. In the study, 61 women were part of a six-month plan where they were placed in one of three groups. The first group was to only diet and nothing else. The second group was to diet and follow an exercise routine. The last group was to diet and follow a whole-body vibration workout plan that lasted much shorter than the second group’s exercise routine. The third group had the best results by losing weight and inches from the fat around their abdomen. Even more intriguing, this group was able to keep the weight off better than the other groups as time progressed.   Increase Blood Circulation Whole-body vibration does indeed improve circulation. The research definitely verifies this. But you may be asking yourself what is so important about improving circulation. A lot! More energy Reduce inflammation Fewer joint problems Less swelling of extremities Healthier looking skin Stronger immune system   Improve Strength Muscle is tough to come by, especially as we get older. However, you can use a vibration fitness machine just a few times a week to gain strength and increase muscle mass. The trick is all of your stabilizer muscles will be firing away on all cylinders as the body fights for more stability during the time spent on the machine. It is probably one of the easiest strength training workouts and one of the shortest that you will ever come across. Less time is needed on vibrating platforms to gain results. Plus, there are numerous studies backing up these claims! For instance, in a 2011 issue of the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, a seven-week trial was conducted where the participants performed slow resistance training on a whole-body vibration platform just two times a week on their legs and back. More strength gains were made with the addition of the vibrating platform.   Are you going to become the next fitness model with a low body fat percentage and oodles of [...]

2020-09-25T17:14:06-07:00By |