Recent research1 has shown the remarkable difference that exercise makes to the heart and muscular health of 75-year olds who have been exercising regularly in their earlier years. Scott Trappe, the lead researcher, explained how surprised they were by the results: “We saw that people who exercise regularly year after year have better overall health than their sedentary counterparts. These 75-year-olds – men and women – have similar cardiovascular health to a 40- to 45-year-old.”
The study also found that people in their 70s who had been exercising regularly during their adult life had muscle health that was virtually the same as the muscles of people in their 20s: “50+ years of aerobic exercise fully preserved capillarization and aerobic enzymes, regardless of intensity. These data suggest that skeletal muscle metabolic fitness may be easier to maintain with lifelong aerobic exercise than more central aspects of the cardiovascular system.”
A Case of False Economy? Feeling too tired to increase energy?
With this research and so many other studies showing the huge benefits of exercising regularly, why does the couch-potato lifestyle persist? Could it simply be that busy schedules lead to the misguided feeling that we lack enough energy to make the sensible choices?
The irony is that researchers in a 2006 study, Regular Exercise Plays a Consistent And Significant Role In Reducing Fatigue2, found overwhelming evidence that “regular exercise plays a significant role in increasing energy levels and reducing fatigue.” Their analysis found that nearly every group studied – from healthy adults to cancer patients to those with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease – benefited from exercise: “It’s a very consistent effect.”
In a nutshell, our modern lifestyles are so full, we seem to be deluded into thinking we don’t have enough time to exercise – and thus throw away the best option we have to increase energy levels and build resilience for the future.
One attractive solution to this conundrum is Whole Body Vibration Training (WBV) – also known as Acceleration Training – which accelerates the effects of many simple exercise routines so emphatically that a 10-minute session amplifies many-fold the results you could expect from traditional exercise modalities.
The FlexxiCore Challenger was designed to make WBV more accessible and enjoyable for the hard-pressed individual who might struggle with the thought of a regular gym-based work-out regime. Its roll-away platform is easy to move and store, and combines oscillation with vibration for an exhilarating and efficient experience of exercise in the comfort of home.
A common misconception is that cardio exercises give your heart muscle a workout. In fact only the slow twitch muscle fibres are being worked. Newton’s Second Law of Motion states that Force = Mass x Acceleration. While traditional cardio exercises and weight training act to increase the Mass part of the equation, WBV achieves the same result by increasing the Acceleration – while you’re making a variety of simple movements, or even just stretching, standing or sitting. This is possible because WBV acts on both your slow- and fast-twitch (white) muscle fibres at the same time, and effectively engages the anaerobic process of your heart.
Tracey McAlpine, editor of Fighting Fifty – which advises on ways to age positively and live life after 50 to the full – recommends the FlexxiCore Challenger. This is her Verdict:
“There is something slightly addictive about the FlexxiCore Challenger. By week four I was really looking forward to using the equipment daily. My mood and sleeping patterns were greatly improved, my balance was so much better and my muscle tone impressive, especially considering I hadn’t been near a gym or got back into running. Discomfort in my knee had practically disappeared, so I upped my game, I started ‘working out’ on the FlexxiCore Challenger. I introduced hand weights and made sure to do squats and stretches while on the equipment. My body definitely was wobbling much less than it did when I started the trial, it was changing shape and looking well-toned. My feet even improved, I had more movement in my toes. My productivity levels increased, and I had far more flexibility.”
Tracey’s Full Report can be read by clicking here.