Research has found that whole body vibration may be just as effective as exercise when combating things like obesity and diabetes. Standing on a vibrating platform for 15 minutes can make cells stronger, help lose weight and help the body prepare for actual exercise. Here are more of its benefits:
Increased blood circulation
Studies have proved that vibrations increase blood flow to the legs and make the heart healthier overall. A better blood circulation also means a faster tissue healing, so it is constantly recommended by physiotherapists.
Boosted muscular strength
In case you didn’t know, lifting isn’t the only thing that will get you to increase your muscle strength. Vibration therapy helps too. Your muscles contract 30 to 50 times per second when you stand on a vibration plate, which strengthens and increases the muscle’s tissue. It also improves balance, mobility and flexibility.
Improved athletic performance
Athletes tend to add vibration therapy to their regular training sessions. It helps them get stronger, decrease soreness and prevent muscle injuries.
Disruption of pain signals
As previously mentioned, physiotherapists recommend using vibration plates, not only to heal their patients’ injuries, but also to decrease the amount of pain they are in. The vibrations that go through the body, send signals to the brain so that it can cause a sense of comfort and alleviate soreness. It has been found that it helps patients with arthritis and osteoporosis.
Adds something different to your exercise routine
Vibration plates are very helpful during warmups, cool-downs and HIIT exercises (try it with pushups, planks or squats). It helps increase the intensity of regular exercises, which ends up making your workout shorter or helps you gain more benefits in the same amount of time.
They are safe for mostly everyone
It doesn’t matter how old you are, whether you’re in your teens or in your 70s, vibration plates are safe to use. The only people that should be careful are those with specific problems such as a history of seizures, implants like pacemakers, thrombosis or pregnant women (because the vibration may have negative effects on the development of the baby).
Vibrations cause muscle contraction which increases the flow of lymphatic fluid. This helps the body get rid of toxins and cellulite. It is also recommended to include some type of cardio or HIIT workout in order to see better results.
Raises your metabolism
Vibrations help you body exercise, and exercise raises your metabolism. The stronger you get, the more energy you use. This will cause your body to burn calories and fat faster, which will result in a faster metabolism.
Makes you happier
Vibration therapy helps with hormone release. It’ll get your body to produce more serotonin, the hormone that makes you happy, and less cortisol, the one that makes you feel stressed and anxious.
Increases energy levels
This is a direct result of better circulation. A higher blood flow means more oxygen flowing through your body and a lower blood pressure, which will make you feel more energized.