Vibration Exercise Machines for the Elderly

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As we grow older, we become more susceptible to different aches and pains — back pains, problems with the knees and hips aometimes related to arthritis or other conditions. Thankfully, there are many ways to stay fit and trim, like a healthy diet, regular health checkups, mental exercises, and of course physical exercises. We recognize that each person is different and needs customized health and fitness plans to maintain their well being, and one of the best ways to do so for senior citizens is by using a whole body vibration machine.

Senior Citizens and the Benefits of Using Vibration Exercise Machines

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For many people, physical exercise is done as part of achieving a specific goal, such as sports, performance, weight loss or improving muscle tone and conditioning. As we age our exercise regime can change and often traditional exercise for some loses its appeal or simply cannot be done due to declining health or mobility. A whole body vibration machine can be a great compliment to traditional exercise. It is very low impact, even less than walking and is an ideal for activity for Seniors for exercise, recovery and massage.
Using vibration exercise machines for as little as 10 minutes each day can offer some amazing benefits specific to senior citizens including:

  • Improving the distance they can span to reach objects, such as an item across a table
  • Improves the pace at which they walk thru increased stability and muscle strength.
  • Improving their posture, such as when sitting in a chair or even standing in place.
  • Use of vibration exercise machines also is known to help seniors improve their flexibility, meaning tasks such as bending over to tie their shoes is less painful.
  • Helping to improve their balance, resulting in fewer falls or bumping into objects, making it easier to traverse stairs or other uneven surfaces. Also minimizing the risk of injuries.
  • Preventing injuries, such as hip fractures through improved muscle mass.
  • Increasing bone density, which aids in reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis, and can lead to quicker recovery from minor bumps, bruises, and other injuries.
  • Improved sleeping habits
  • Helps improve urinary incontinence and chronic constipation
  • Improved quality of life
  • Boosts their metabolism thus slowing weight gains and aids in accelerating weight loss.

Tips for Senior citizens
Senior citizens who would like to use vibration exercise machines need to approach this type of exercise as they would like any other, with caution and only after understanding how the device operates. At Motion Health, our health and fitness experts can help you craft an exercise regimen that fits your goals and lifestyle and select a unit to match your requirements.
When helping a senior citizen select a vibration exercise machines, we offer the following tips:

  • Find out the amplitude of the machine. Amplitude helps determine how much energy is delivered to a person’s body when using vibration exercise machines, and measures how high the vibration platforms moves with each vibrational movement of the plate. The typical amplitude for many of these devices is 0.5 to 12 millimetres.
  • Look for vibration exercise machines that allow you to control the frequency or vibrations per second. Lower quality models at cut-throat prices often feature a fixed or preset frequency, which may result in the platform vibrating at a rate you are not comfortable with. Be wary also of machines that measure in “speeds” or Levels”. Speed in undefined and proper measurement is in hertz (cycles per second)
  • Avid machine without anything to hold on. Select a machine that includes a column with handles or rails you hang onto while exercising. Vibration exercise machines will help improve balance, but not necessarily right away.

Senior Citizens and Myths About Aging

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Sadly, there are a lot of naysayers in the world, people with bad attitudes and a poor outlook on life who do whatever they can to bring the rest of us down to their own level. Senior citizens, unfortunately, fall victim to this quite often. Exercise is a great way to improve physical health and mental well being, but there are certain myths about seniors and exercise that we try and dispel whenever we talk with older adults.
Myth #1: I am getting old, anyway, so there is no need to exercise. Wrong, exercise has many benefits for seniors, like improving flexibility, increasing bone density, lower blood pressure and less stress.
Myth #2: I am old and need to save my strength. Exercise helps improve strength and endurance. It can lead to fewer injuries and trips to see a doctor.
Myth #3: Using a vibration platform puts me at risk of falling down. Wrong, it will help improve balance, reaction time and can be an amazing recovery tool in the event of an injury.

Contact Motion Health today at 905-906-8660 for more vibration exercise machines information.

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