It is estimated that 60% of the US population is obese. The combination of poor eating, overeating and lack of exercise are the usual underlying causes. Obesity is associated with heart disease and reduced muscle strength. One of the therapies we utilize at LifeWorks for nearly all patients is whole body vibration training (WBV). WBV improved arterial stiffness, blood pressure, heart rate variability and muscle strength in a study done on a group of obese women and improved vagal balance with three days a week for a six week period1. So for the people who are deconditioned from lack of exercise, ten minutes three times a week can really improve muscle strength and arterial function and put them in a condition where they can start actually exercising1.
There is also research to show that Growth Hormone release occurs with WBV training that can have a positive antiaging effect2.
There is also good evidence that WBV improves bone density in both athletes and sedentary adults3,4,5,6,7,8. If you are suffering from osteoporosis or osteopenia, I suggest 15 minutes per day to stimulate your body to improve bone density. It really works especially combined with Vitamin D, hormone replacement, and Perfect Amino.
So as you can see, WBV should be something that most of us could take advantage of.
The company that supplies the WBV machines we use at the clinic has agreed to provide a discount for LifeWorks patients who are interested in having the therapy right at home so you can do it daily. The website is www.fitfunyoung.com and if you use discount code LIFEWORKS for the Dual Motor Platinum Vibra -Therapy Machine, you can get it for $1999 (MSRP $3499) plus $135 shipping, which includes a 2 year full warranty.
I love doing the 10 minute cycle for recovery for my tired legs at the end of the day or after a long weekend of swim-bike-run.
There are lots of cheap machines on the market but this one is a good one that should last you a long time.
Have a great week.
Dr. David I Minkoff, MD