Do vibration machines help you lose weight?
If you are looking to lose weight, perhaps tone and firm specific areas of the body, or you need a low impact workout in the comfort of your own home Apollo Fitness believes you should try one of our vibration machines for weight loss along with other health benefits to feel the difference immediately in your overall well-being even when using only 15 minutes a day.
Do vibration machines burn calories?
That is a great question and much research has actually been conducted on whether vibration machines for weight loss are the way to go. This subject and similar weight loss related topics are discussed on WebMD. When standing on a vibration plate the muscles in the body are basically contracting and relaxing multiple times per second to keep the body stable in a similar way to traditional exercise however in a much more accelerated fashion. In the same way that traditional exercise and strength training builds muscle mass, so too does vibration training through this contraction/relaxation of the muscles. In fact, a vibration plate will use up to 90% of the body's muscles at one time, so is very effective at building full body muscle mass. The weight loss results are primarily achieved through this strengthening of the muscle fibres, and then the subsequent increase in energy required for the muscles which burns more calories and fat, even in a resting state. Muscle burns more energy than fat, so the lower the body fat percentage and higher the muscle mass, the better for calorie burn.
Calories burned per session is dependent on a number of factors including personal weight/height/body composition, but also on the type of exercises being done on the vibration plate during a workout. For obvious reasons, a dynamic or aerobic workout on a vibration plate will burn more calories and build more muscle mass than simply standing or sitting on the plate. With those factors in mind, there has been some estimations that you can burn anywhere between 200-500 calories per hour. So during a 15 minute session, you could expect to burn 50-125 calories, however this would be a rough estimate only.
With vibration technology not only will you burn fat, but other benefits include:
- increased flexibility
- strengthening and toning muscles
- muscle rejuvenation
- improved balance and coordination
- improved posture
Quick and easy
If you are time-poor and don't have enough hours in the day to go to the gym... One of the great things about using vibration machines for weight loss is how fast and easily you can do a workout. Workouts can take as little as 15 minutes per day, just a few times a week to feel the benefits without the need to strain and exhaust the body.
Low impact, low exertion workout
With whole body vibration technology exercise easy and simple, with no great amount of effort or stress on your body required! No longer do you have to feel aching and sore from struggling through exercise after exercise just to work up a sweat. Whole body vibration is a low-impact exercise and requires minimal effort, you can simply stand or sit on the machine to feel the benefits. Work your way up to different poses and postures the more comfortable you feel with the machine and as strength and flexibility improves.
A favourite of our customer's who suffer from sore and aching legs, ankles and feet is to simply lay flat on the floor with the vibration plate positioned under the lower calves to feet. Such a great way to relieve and soothe this commonly problem area.
Vibration machines for weight loss at any fitness level
The beauty of a vibration platform is that they cater to such a broad range of fitness levels, from pro-athletes to those suffering from chronic pain who are unable to partake in normal exercise. There is an infinite number of postures and exercises you can do with a vibration machine by simply combining traditional exercises with the vibration machine. A simple squat or lunge turns into a more powerful whole body exercise. Even simply sitting or standing on a vibration machine will produce noticeable results.
Using Vibration Machines for weight loss is perfect for someone who is transitioning from a sedentary (minimal exercise) lifestyle. When just getting started with a Vibration Machine you can simply stand on the machine for 15 minutes per day, or try easy/non-strenuous exercises like bending the knees or stepping on and off the plate. This alone is enough to get you started and is a great way to ease yourself into the routine. Some examples of more beginner exercises below:
Intermediate - Advanced Weight Loss Exercises
As you grow more familiar with using the vibration machines for weight loss and your fitness levels increase you can begin to do more aerobic and strengthening style exercises on the machine for a more intense workout. You can also begin to target more specific or problem areas of the body, by doing exercises that work the muscles in the area. This will help to tone the area but will also mean that fat is burnt even while sedentary. Some examples are below:
Vibration machines are also good for stretching and increasing flexibility which will give you a wider range of motion during exercises. Simple yoga poses are great for increasing flexibility.