If you consider yourself more of a couch potato than an athlete, your six pack dreams may be coming true. Well, sort of. Replacing your workouts with vibrating may sound a little odd but according to science, it may work!
But it’s not just any type of vibrating that can supposedly improve your health.
A machine, and technique, called the whole-body vibration (WBV) mimics the regular routine of exercises.
“WBV consists of a person sitting, standing or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform. When the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the body, and muscles contract and relax multiple times during each second,” says a recent article in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology.
In order to understand the influence of WBV on the body, researchers examined different groups of male mice. The mice assigned to WBV vibrated for 20 minutes each day. Another group walked on a treadmill for 45 minutes daily, and a remainder did not exercise at all.
The results? The obese and diabetic mice benefited from both the treadmill and WBV.
Enhanced muscles and less weight gain were found in the mice with diabetes.