There it is, your arch nemesis... the TREADMILL!!
You know you need to exercise but your motivation is failing you and you are still sore from yesterday's session.
Then you look down and see the belly fat that you are trying so hard to get rid of for bathing suit season. You are not the only one! About 160 million Americans are overweight and a whopping 40% are considered obese.
What if there was a way to burn fat without pounding the pavement or making your muscles feel like jello?
There is a better way! It is a new piece of equipment called a vibration platform. Keep reading to see how this new exercise craze can benefit you!
What is a Vibration Platform and How Does it Work?
It is a piece of equipment where you can stand, lay down, or sit upright while the machine vibrates at a high frequency.
The intense vibrations cause your muscles to contract and relax many times each second. Essentially, your muscles are getting a workout without you actively moving them!
If you use the platform for 15 minutes a day, two to three times a week (combined with a balanced diet), you can start to see the fat burning benefits.
These results aren't just pipe dreams either! There have been studies that show the benefits of using a vibration platform.
During a 12 week study12 week study of obese and diabetic mice, the group that used a treadmill for 45 minutes a day showed the same results as the group that used a whole body platform for only 20 minutes a day!
Also, the mice that were in the platform group not only showed less fat, they had thicker leg muscles!
There are additional benefits to using a vibration platform other than burning fat.
Studies have shown that it also improves back pain, bone loss, overall strength, and balance.
Even insulin levels have been shown to reduce when using a platform! That is great news for those who have diabetes!
This could be a great thing to add to a diet and exercise routine for people that have mobility issues, arthritis, or other physical conditions that limit the amount of physical movement they can perform.
Word to the Wise
Though this may seem like a miracle for people who are physically unable to exercise often (as well as those of us that would rather skip the treadmill) it is not a replacement for good old-fashioned exercise.
The platform should be added to a normal exercise routine and combined with a balanced diet for the best results.
Where to Find One
Ready to try using a vibration platform? Great!
You can find these machines in some gyms and physical therapy centers near you already.
Not thrilled about the idea of vibrating in public? You can also purchase one for use in the privacy of your own home.
If you have other questions or need advice on which kind of machine to buy, please feel free to contact us!