Taking a Healthy Moment
What does every businesswoman need more of?
What else? Time, energy, and some attention to self-care too! Focusing on our health is one way to accomplish all the goals we set for ourselves. The key to setting up a health and fitness program for yourself is making sure it is efficient but also enjoyable, and is something you can stick to.
Some women in our community have turned to whole body vibration to solve their fitness needs while keeping the fun in fitness. Initially designed to build bone density and muscle mass for astronauts, today whole body vibration has become a valuable tool in fitness and weight loss. Regular users see other benefits too as whole body vibration is highly efficient – since it’s working your whole body at once; a 10 minute session per day is enough to see benefits.
Interestingly, Whole Body Vibration doesn’t feel all that difficult to do. In fact, people mostly compare it to a massage and often giggle their way through a workout! But appearances can be deceiving, and those muscles – particularly the small stabilizing muscles which are typically more difficult to engage in a conventional workout – are working overtime. Member testimonials capture the success that they have experienced using whole body vibration.
One member at the T-Zone Vibration studio here in Peterborough, had this to say: “I have been a member since the day they opened. To date have lost 29 inches over my entire body. I feel great with more energy and less muscle aches and stiffness. I can really feel if I have missed a day and cannot wait to get to T-Zone the next day. You may not feel like it is making a difference but wait till you get your measurements done after 2 weeks and you will be amazed at the difference it has made!” Fellow T-Zone member Leslie Baird pointed out: “It helps so much with my sleep, circulation, arthritis and keeps my weight at an even keel. I feel fully energized when I leave. If you miss a day or two, you can feel the difference.”
Whole Body vibration works by creating an unstable surface for users to stand and exercise on. Have you ever tried walking on a soft surface like sand or even the kids’ bouncy castles, and noticed it’s much harder to walk? Now imagine that surface was moving up and down, up to 16 times a second! Your muscles would be working that much harder to keep you stabilized – without you even having to try to engage them.
Along with creating movement, whole body vibration is also about using the power of gravity, as the machine accelerates it pushes up against your body and create an extra force known as g-force. So while your muscles are working to keep you balanced they actually have to stabilize a heavier load than they would standing on the ground. That’s what whole body vibration does – it harnesses the power of involuntary muscle response to give you a powerful workout. Everything that you do on a whole body vibration machine is significantly more challenging to your muscles than it would be to do that same movement on the floor.
Whole body vibration isn’t for everybody – staff at the Peterborough studio caution women who are pregnant, have active cancer, or pacemakers or other implants against using the technology. But it is low impact and safe for almost everybody (yes, even if you have prior injuries that make working out difficult).
Ultimately, finding the workout that’s right for you is the key – and taking that little bit of time for yourself every day makes all the difference.