12 Mar How does vibration training help balance?
One of the most incredible results of exercising with whole body vibration training (WBV), also known as accelerated vibration training (AVT), is its effect on improving balance.
Whether you are already a fit individual, a person dealing with a chronic illness, a senior citizen or other age or fitness level, exercising on a vibration machine can help improve your balance.
Machines such as the 3G Cardio AVT 5.0 Vibration Machine and 3G Cardio AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine recruit up to 95 percent of the muscle fibers in the area you’re exercising, compared to as little as 20 percent with traditional equipment.
One of the results of this ultra-efficient way of working out is that vibration training reawakens and activates many neural and motor pathways that were previously not functioning.
More simply stated, vibration training re-connects muscle groups and reflexes and reminds people how to move better.
Although people of any age will obviously benefit from improved balance, it’s especially crucial for senior citizens, or those struggling with the effects of acute health problems, to be able to improve control of their muscular functions.
Among the areas vibration training has helped those with serious fitness challenges are reducing the risk of falling for seniors; improving walking for those who have to use a walker or wheel chair; and improved ability to get up and down from a seated position.
For athletes or even average every day people, vibration training has helped them fine tune and improve their balance like never before by re-teaching the nervous system to connect muscle fibers.
Some examples of exercises on the 3G Cardio AVT 5.0 Vibration Machine and 3G Cardio AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine that will best help improve balance are:
* Single-leg balance – Balance on one leg, use hand bar for support if needed
* Step-up balance on one leg – Step on and off platform, alternately balancing on one leg after stepping up.
* One-armed balance hold – With legs off machine, begin in pushup position with legs far apart and push up to balance on one arm for two seconds, then alternate and support yourself with other arm. If that’s too hard, have both knees on floor to give added stability when you raise up on alternating arms).