Whole-Body Vibration as Effective as Regular Exercises
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It is very challenging to exercise regularly and many people find it difficult or think about it like an obligation and all of that is contributing to more obesity and diabetes epidemics. But there is a less strenuous activity called whole-body vibration, which can be as effective as the regular exercise.
According to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology, this whole body vibration (WBV) can provide health benefits like: mimic the muscle and bone health benefits just like the ordinary exercise.
This exercise consists of a person sitting, lying or just standing on a machine which has a vibrating platform. When you get on this machine, it starts vibrating and in that way it transmits energy to the body so that the muscles contract but also relax multiple times during each second.
"Our study is the first to show that whole-body vibration may be just as effective as exercise at combatting some of the negative consequences of obesity and diabetes," said the study's first author, Meghan E. McGee-Lawrence, Ph.D., of Augusta University in Augusta, Ga. "While WBV did not fully address the defects in bone mass of the obese mice in our study, it did increase global bone formation, suggesting longer-term treatments could hold promise for preventing bone loss as well."
To conclude all of this, the researchers examined two groups of 5-week-old male mice. But both groups consisted of different kinds of mice. One group consisted normal mice, while the other group consisted mice which were genetically unresponsive to the hormone leptin (this hormone is providing a feeling of fullness after a meal). Both groups were assigned to do WBV or treadmill exercises.
After a period of one week growing with these exercises, both groups began a 12-week exercise program. Those that were doing WBV exercises underwent 20 minutes of WBV at a frequency of 32 Hz with 0.5g acceleration each day. Mice which were running the treadmill for 45 minutes daily at a slight incline. Just to make a comparison, the researchers decided one group of mice not to do exercise and they were weighed weekly during the study.
The mice which were genetically obese and diabetic showed some improvements from both WBV and treadmill. Obese mice gained less weight after exercise or WBV than obese mice in the sedentary group, although they remained heavier than normal mice.
There was muscle mass enhancement and insulin sensitivity in the genetically obese mice after doing exercise and WBV. Anyhow, there were not some significant effects in the young healthy mice; but on the other hand, there was a successful completion by the obese mice on the low-intensity exercises and WBV protocols which were designed just for that.
All these results suggest that WBV may be very useful for supplemental therapy to combat metabolic dysfunction in individuals with morbid obesity.
"These results are encouraging," McGee-Lawrence said. "However, because our study was conducted in mice, this idea needs to be rigorously tested in humans to see if the results would be applicable to people."
Article source: Science daily