Whole Body Vibration Training (WBVT): It may be good to shake things up.

Whole Body Vibration Therapy is a passive exercise using vertical directional force against gravity. This creates what some refer to as “hyper gravity”.  Our body responds subconsciously to vibration frequencies of 23 Hz or higher by contracting muscles fibers. This is because the stretch receptors in our muscles and tendons are activated; they respond by rapidly contracting and relaxing every 2-3 seconds resulting in a near 100% activation of muscle fibers, a response that otherwise can only be achieved by extended weight training.  This in turn activates a cascade of physiological responses that can improve bone mass, circulation, and balance. There is also a release of hormones such as human growth hormone (HGH) and serotonin. The benefits include increased muscle tone, prevention of osteoporosis and improved balance to name a few.

Below is a list of potential benefits which are linked to a scientific article. I also linked to Dr. Mercola’s “Peak Fitness” which discusses Whole Body Vibration Therapy. Below are 2 videos demonstrating WBV; one on “The Doctors” and another on Advanced Whole Body Vibration Workout.

The Many Health Benefits of Whole Body Vibrational Training (Dr. Mercola)

 

YOGA: It may help more than you think

Yoga is an combination of awareness of both mind and body popular for young and old. There is Restorative Yoga, Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, and even SUP Yoga. The practice of yoga contains benefits that help not only our physical being, but our mental being as well. Recently, researches have discovered benefits involving brain function that may improve physical function. It has been used by athletes to maximize body awareness, muscular control, and balance.

 
Below are several links that explain what yoga is and some of the unexpected benefits. I recommend exploring yoga to see if it may help you. A word of caution though: it can be very physically demanding and may cause injury if preformed too aggressively or improperly, so make sure you have proper instruction and you too can experience the many benefits of yoga. Namaste.

 

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