Many of us equate fitness to lifting weights, running, or some vigorous motion that burns energy while toning and building muscles. But did you know you can get fit by just sitting or standing in one place? That’s where vibration machines come in.
You may be surprised that vibration machines provide you passive fitness by helping to tone muscles, burn fat, improving blood circulation and balance. They are a boon to people who cannot or do not want to exercise the conventional way for various reasons.
You may have seen vibration machine reviews waxing eloquent about the surprising fitness benefits of these wonder machines. Let’s find out why-
#1. Low impact
People having restricted movement due to pregnancy, injury, arthritis, sciatica, or Parkinson’s disease find this quality especially beneficial. Vibration machines have the lowest impact when compared to other fitness machines. They allow you to work out and burn fat and stay fit even when your movements are restricted. Most importantly, they are easy on your joints.
#2. Tones and strengthens muscles
When the vibrating plates in a vibration machine move at high speeds (some as high as 30 to 50 vibrations per second), the muscles contract and expand rapidly. This muscle contraction and expansion is akin to exercising. This helps tone and strengthen muscles.
Research is limited in this area. But in the many vibration machine reviews available online, there are numerous anecdotal accounts of regular users. They found that using these machines helped improve their muscle tones and strength.
#3. Burns fat
Using a vibrating machine is almost on par with using a treadmill when it comes to burning fat. The vibrations sent throughout the body reduce fat deposits and activates the liver. As a result, your liver starts metabolizing fat more rapidly.
#4. Improves bone density
This surprising benefit of vibration machines was found in a study conducted by Belgian scientists*. This study, published Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, states that there was a 1% increase in the hip bone density of the participants.
After spending 30 minutes on vibration plates thrice a week, the participants also found an increase in their overall muscle strength after six months.
#5. Improves balance and flexibility
The nature of vibration machines is that your brain is tricked into believing you are falling every time you use them. This forces the core to contract your core muscles and lower back muscles to maintain balance. This results in improved core strength, better balance, improved posture, and reduced pre-existing chronic pain.
#6. Aids recovery
Vibration machines are great for aiding recovery in these cases-
- After being bed-ridden due to illness or injury. Increased blood flow and muscle stimulation speed up recovery. But it is essential to consult your GP before you start using a vibration machine. This is because some conditions can get aggravated due to the vibration.
- After a workout. It is common for sportspersons and others to feel sore after a grueling workout. A session on a vibrating machine flushes out the lactic acid build-up in the affected limbs due to increased blood flow. This dramatically reduces aches and soreness.
- After being cramped or sore after a long day at the office or travel. A short session on a vibration machine will drive the aches and pain away. It is also incredibly effective for driving away stress!
#7. Improves blood circulation
As we can see from the above points, the enhanced blood flow due to vibrating machines has numerous benefits. In addition to those benefits, your lymphatic system is also stimulated. This helps drain fluids from affected areas and carry nutrients to all parts of your body. Moreover, improved blood flow minimizes the risk of heart issues and diabetes.
Some parting shots:
The above benefits of vibration machines will be an eye-opener to many people. However, it doesn’t replace other forms of regular exercise like walking, swimming, or lifting weights. But when used in conjunction with other mild exercises, these machines are highly effective.
Check with your doctor if it is safe to use these machines while convalescing from injury or illness and if you are a senior person. Importantly, fitness regimes succeed only with proper diet, good sleep, and continuity. Don’t neglect those factors when you start using vibration machines. Be patient. Overall improvement in fitness takes a few weeks to be noticed.