Most of us would never mix relaxationwith exercise. Namely, sitting at home, chewing on some snacks andwatching the TV program enjoying the comfort of your chair is notexactly something we refer to as being physically active.
However, some fitness experts claimthat, once you are in possession of the adequate equipment, you donot have to move your body a single inch and you will be exercisingnevertheless. Naturally, a vast majority of expert refuse to believein such theories, claiming that these have little success in a reallife.
Regardless, passive exercising hasbecome a common trend in the modern times. If you are interested tolearn more about this form of physical activity and the effectsbehind it, read on.
What are Passive Exercises?
There are many forms of passiveexercising, being based on numerous different kinds of exerciseequipment which does not require us to move at all. One of the mostcommon types of this form of exercising and fitness is, of course,the full body vibration.
This exercise plan is also called thePower Plate exercise, being initially used for physical preparationsof Russian astronauts. Later, however, it has spread all over Europeand Asia, eventually reaching the US too.
The main principles behind this form ofpassive exercising are standing on a special platform with your kneesbent at about 30 degrees. While maintaining this position, the groundbeneath you will vibrate 30 times in a single second, making our bodybelieve that we are actually falling, even though we are standingstill, with both feet on the ground.
Due to this alertness of our body, ittriggers rapid muscular contractions which increases our bloodcirculation, boosts the strength of the muscles in our body and theflexibility of our joints etc. This form of passive exercising,therefore, boosts the range of motion we have, while improving ourcore muscle strength and stability, boosting our bone density andhelping us recover from any injuries faster.
However, according to those who promotethis form of exercise, whole-body vibration also reduces the stresshormone production in our body, while increasing the production ofthe HGH levels. Finally, passive exercising of this type increasesthe activity of our lymphatic system.
Due to all these benefits, thewhole-body vibration exercising should prevent worsening of theconditions such as MS, Parkinson's and similar, while, at the sametime, making it possible for these people to enjoy physical activitywithout moving.
As for the expert's view on all thesewords of praise, some have agreed with a number of the abovementioned claims, especially when it comes to the increase of thebone density. Nevertheless, experts claim that this form ofexercising cannot possibly lead to weight loss or cellulitedisappearance. Medically, these benefits cannot be proven and are,hence, considered impossible.
We should bear in mind that, currently,marketing campaigns are way ahead of actual scientific researches ofthe methods involved in the passive exercising.
Nevertheless, a study was carried out,resulting in proof that 90 postmenopausal women have increased theirbone density for about 1% by using the Power Plate for 30 minutes,three times a week, over the course of six months.
Are They Really Helpful?
Apart from the Power Plate devices, chimachines are also a form of passive exercising, involving youstanding on a vibrating box, sending the vibrations all over yourbody, from the feet up. This device is advertised as one beingcapable of boosting a person's metabolism, remove excessive weight,increase a person's energy levels and promoting cell oxygenation.Moreover, the chi machine is claimed to stimulate the sympatheticnervous system.
Health experts claim that the chimachine does nothing more than stimulating an increase in bloodcirculation levels. Thus, it is not capable of presenting a totalreplacement for actual exercising in any possible way.
Finally, when we consider the famousexercise belts from the 1950s, these too were advertised as powerfultools for achieving toned, ripped muscles, especially in theabdominal area. The models appearing in the commercial showed offtheir brilliant body figures, claiming how this was achieved throughpassive exercising on the machines moving the body tissue with thebelts, sending electric signals occasionally, in order to stimulatemuscle contractions.
Yet, these methods have been provenineffective and many companies producing such devices had to spend atotal of $5 million in order to settle the charges filed againstthem.
All in all, the benefit behind thepassive exercising is something that needs to be experiencedindividually. Namely, you can either listen to the marketingcampaigns advertising the products and presenting them as excellent,or trust the scientific experts who rebuke these claims, presentingthem as medically impossible.
One is for sure – passive exercisingcan have certain benefits for the health of those who use them.However, these benefits are not even close to those which arepromised through the advertisement you see on the TV.