Hate Exercise? Whole Body Vibration May Be the "Movement" of the Future
It might sound like an infomercial, but whole-body vibration (WBV) in lieu of traditional exercise may be a real thing in the future. In WBV, a person sits, stands or lays on a machine with a vibrating platform. When the machine vibrates, muscles contract and relax multiple times during each second, which causes them to work in a low-impact way. Experts think WBV could be a good alternative to exercise, particularly for the morbidly obese.
Researchers from Augusta University studied both healthy and genetically obese or diabetic mice in a 12-week exercise program that included three groups of sedentary, treadmill walking and WBV. The mice were weighed weekly during the experiment.
WBV and exercising on the treadmill were similarly beneficial for the obese and diabetic mice, helping the obese mice gain less weight than the sedentary group. These mice did remain heavier than normal mice, though. There was no significant change in the weight of the healthy mice in either the WBV or treadmill groups. That suggests WBV could be a useful tool in the future for treating metabolic dysfunction in individuals with morbid obesity, although the researchers did note the need for further testing on human subjects. The study was published this month in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology.
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