Vibrating Health

VIBRATING HEALTH

VIBRATING HEALTH

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.

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For several decades, vibrating exercise has been used in Europe to enhance the performance of athletes. I first became aware of this approach to exercise several years ago and found training devices which sold for $12,000 to $15,000!? About 6 months ago I learned of a device which cost only $2495. Being a gadget person, I could not resist!? I have already a Health Rider , a treadmill, a Roman Chair, a regular exercise bike; but the information on the benefits of this minimal effort exercise were too intriguing to miss. My body therapist is most impressed with the improvement in my muscle tone after only 6 months of adding 10 to 12 minutes daily of vibrating exercise. This most unusual exercise program involves standing on a vibrating platform (frequencies from 20 to 50 Hz).?? Of course you can do a variety of movements while vibrating!

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There is considerable science behind this simple exercise regimen. In 14 men, after just 10 sets of 60 second vibration, with 60 seconds of rest between sets, significant increase was found in leg strength and even jumping performance. More importantly, testosterone, growth hormones increased and cortisol decreased significantly!? Eur J Appl Physiol, 2000, 81: 449-454.

In another study of 16 men, just 4 minutes of vibration improved muscle performance of legs as well as body balance. Clin Physiol? & Func Im , 2002, 22:145-152.

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In 70 postmenopausal women just one year of 20 minutes daily of standing on a vibrating platform at 30 Hz improved bone density significantly in the spine and legs. J Bone and Mineral Research, 2004, 19: 343-351.

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Vibratory exercise has been found to decrease fat content of muscle tissue, to improve strength, and to double blood flow in the legs. Clin Physiol. 2001. 3: 377-382.

Oxygen uptake is also significantly increased during vibratory exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol, 2001, 86: 169-173.

Equally important, vibratory exercise is equal to resistance training in improving leg strength and performance! Med & Sci in Sports Exercise, 2003,, 1033-1040.

It is of interest that vibratory exercise suppresses gastric motility, as well as more active exercise. Int Arch Occup Environ health, 1999, 72: 469-474.

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Although I continue to do my usual exercise program:

20 to 30 minutes on the Health Rider with 60 pounds of weight; 20 minutes of yoga and free-form Tai Chi; walking 45 to 60 minutes; and sitting on an exercise ball 3 to 10 hours daily (you cant just sit still!) while working at my computer, my ?10 to 12 minutes on The Power Vibe have been a terrific addition. For those of you who are not motivated to move your body SPONTANEOUSLY, I strongly recommend POWER VIBE!? In fact I recommend it for everybody, because it has many additional advantages. If you are motivated to improve your health with this EASY way to exercise, contact Brandon Howell and tell him I sent you! bhowell@powervibepro.com.

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