Whether it's a lack of interest, lack of time, or physical limitations, many of us cannot workout as much as we would want to. At B.SlimSpa, our Whole Body Vibration machine makes it easy to achieve similar benefits with a fraction of the effort. Read on to learn more or call us today to schedule an appointment!
At one point or another, you might have come across someone using a whole-body vibrating machine (but probably not!) and wondered how they improve fitness or affect weight loss. Given that most weight-loss programs and instructors advocate the use of traditional exercises that involve moving the body or lifting heavy objects, it is understandable why it might seem like standing or sitting in one place to lose weight is entirely absurd.
However, studies show that whole-body vibration could be just as effective in weight loss as running on a treadmill. Studies have shown that spending only 20 minutes a day for three months on a vibrating platform reduces fat in the liver and abdomen and increases the levels of osteocalcin – a protein that helps strengthen bones - in the body. Also, spending just 15 minutes per day, three times a week on a vibrating platform, has been shown to have a positive effect on blood flow, flexibility, bone density, muscle strength, and balance.
What is Whole-Body Vibration?
Whole-body vibration is a non-invasive weight-loss method that involves sitting, standing, or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform. As the platform vibrates, energy is transmitted into your body so that the muscles contract and relax dozens of times per second, causing you to feel like you are exerting yourself more traditionally.
If you are looking to use an alternative, convenient method to attain your weight-loss goals, you can book a session with us at B.SlimSpa.
It is important to note that while vibrating machines are beneficial for your fitness and can help with weight loss, they cannot completely replace traditional strength training and anaerobic workouts. They must be used in tandem with other conventional exercises to achieve optimal results.
What are the Benefits of Whole-Body Vibration?
Whole-Body Vibration (WBV) offers so many health benefits. These include:
Weight loss: The vibration speeds up the metabolism, which causes the body to burn more fat. In a study on the weight-reducing effects of WBV, it was noted that subjects lost 10.5% of body weight with dynamic exercises performed on a vibration machine and a healthy diet throughout the 6-month study period.
Increased muscle strength: The vibrations of the machine cause your muscles to expand and contract several times per second, building your strength. To make the most of the strength-building capabilities of WBV, perform dynamic exercises such as squats, lunges, and push-ups on the platform. The vibration amplifies the effects of the different exercises by activating more muscle fibers.
Improved flexibility, balance, and coordination: By performing exercises on a vibration platform, you are forced to engage your core and hip flexors to stabilize yourself. This means your muscles work harder, and over time, the muscles around your joints would grow stronger, leading to improvements in your flexibility, balance, coordination, and posture.
Increased bone density and strength: WBV increases bone mineral density and leg strength by stimulating the release of higher levels of osteocalcin. As such, vibration training is particularly useful for the elderly.
Improved blood flow: During vibration training, the rapid contraction and relaxation of the muscles in your body causes blood circulation to increase. This increased blood flow means that the muscles are more oxygenated, which speeds up recovery.
Improved lymph flow and higher immunity: The lymph glands are stimulated during WBV, and the lymph fluid circulates more readily through the body. As a result, more white blood cells get distributed to every organ in the body, which leads to improvements in overall immunity.
Pulmonary rehabilitation: WBV has proved effective in improving the quality of life for individuals suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and patients who have had lung transplants.
Relief from chronic pain: Research has shown that people suffering from chronic pain caused by knee osteoarthritis experienced relief after undergoing WBV therapy in tandem with a home-based exercise program. The results were especially pronounced when compared with people who experienced the same symptoms but only practiced home-based exercise.
Improved balance sensing: Elderly clients are among those who can benefit from improved balance. By engaging the various muscles during the hundreds of vibrations every minute, clients develop their proprioceptive receptors in the lower legs and feet. Developing this natural feedback mechanism reduces the likelihood that an individual experiences a fall.
Who is a Good Candidate for Whole-body Vibration?
Given how just a few sessions of WBV are required to start seeing positive results, people with a busy lifestyle can squeeze in 15 – 20-minute workouts daily if they do not have enough time to go to the gym.
That being said, WBV is not recommended for some people – such as those suffering from cardiovascular conditions. It is recommended that you seek the advice of professionals such as we have at B.SlimSpa before adopting this kind of training or therapy.
B.SlimSpa is a weight-loss clinic located at 1600 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115. We are dedicated to providing safe, holistic and healthy weight-loss and wellness options for our clients. Book a consultation now or just call us if you have any questions about whole-body vibration.