As you age, your muscles tighten and range of motion in the joints can be minimized. This can put a damper on active lifestyles and even hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make daily living activities easier.
Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. There are simple stretches you can do while watching TV, on the computer, or getting ready for bed. It does not have to involve a huge time commitment, but stretching can end up giving you huge results! Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Increased range of movement in the joints
- Enhanced muscular coordination
- Increased circulation of the blood to various parts of the body
- Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)
Stretching is important for people of all ages! One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs. Post-exercise stretching can also aid in workout recovery, decrease muscle soreness, and ensure that your muscles and tendons are in good working order. The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely that they’ll become injured. Stretching comes naturally to all of us.
Current research shows Whole Body Vibration exercise increases range of motion beyond that of static stretching alone.
Almost 100% of the body’s muscles are exercised when using Whole Body Vibration training. Conventional training methods only reach 40-60%. The deeper lying muscles, e.g. postural muscles, benefit greatly from Whole Body Vibration exercise. Another major advantage of Whole Body Vibration: muscles that are not used very frequently can often not be activated consciously. Whole Body Vibration reactivates these muscles by reflex. The effect: all muscles throughout the entire body are stimulated.
The vibration also loosens adhesions, which positively influences flexibility even more. When exercising with Whole Body Vibration equipment, using different positions targets different muscles and muscle groups, stretching them and increasing their flexibility. The Golgi tendon organs are activated during Whole Body Vibration training, which promotes a high measure of relaxation (tendon-reflex). An extra advantage is that muscles are lengthened in a functional and active position, while not decreasing explosive muscle strength.
With your own Whole Body Vibration machine you can accomplish all of this in the comfort and convenience of your own home.