I really don’t enjoy exercise, and I saw an infomercial on whole body vibration telling me that that I can get fit without having to do the work. It seems too good to be true. Does it actually work? Would you recommend it? Is it a waste of money?
Yes! It really does work. Whole Body Vibration (WBV) was first used as an exercise mechanism by Russian astronauts to increase their bone density and strengthen their muscles in a zero gravity environment. There are several studies on WBV benefits and its worldwide use by athletes, astronauts and movie stars.
So just what is this whole body vibration (WBV) we’re talking about?
WBV stimulates your muscles by using a specialized machine that looks like a fancy scale. The user stands on the platform of the machine, and the platform moves up and down or in a teeter-totter motion, creating a vibration. These vibrations keep your body slightly off balance, forcing your muscles to involuntarily contract in order to keep upright.
In conventional exercise, you move your body; in WBV exercise, the platform moves you, making for a pretty easy workout. The WBV stimulates all of your muscles around 20-25 times per second, and because all of your muscles are working at the same time, just 10 minutes of WBV equals about an hour of going to the gym. That’s without the sweat, of course, but it’s also without the heart-healthy benefits of cadiovascular exercise.
You can purchase your own machine online — that is, if you have a spare $1,200 lying around. However, I would suggest trying the machine out before you buy — you can probably find WBV machines at your local chiropractor or physiotherapist.
Although this sounds fantastic for the ‘anti-exerciser’, I would consider it an effctive addition rather than a replacement for traditional exercise. Good, old-fashioned exercise also gives your cardiovascular system a workout and keeps you flexible. I believe that exercise should challenge and stimulate the mind, body and spirit, and this machine certainly lacks soul.
Sarah Brown is a very healthy woman. She is not only a fitness instructor at GoodLife where she teaches Body Pump, Body Flow and yoga but she is also a registered holistic nutritionist.