Never before have so many people reached the age that people are reaching today! Society is experiencing a big shift in demographic - The Baby Boomer generation is arriving at retirement age. They are living longer than ever and they want to be active.
Modern healthcare has made it possible for many of us to live longer lives. Which in itself is great, but only as long as we are also living active and pain free. We've all heard stories about someone who has lived the last 20 years of his or her life in a near vegetative state in a retirement home, barely able to move.
Statistically, the largest number of cases that end up in an assisted living facility or retirement home end up there because of loss of mobility and strength. Being unable to walk, lift, bend, or reach becomes such a handicap that the person cannot take care of themselves anymore. They need someone else to help them with their Activities of Daily Living - cooking, cleaning, showering, etc. Needing such assistance is by and large avoidable by simply doing some exercise throughout life.
Working on the 3 components of mobility - namely flexibility, strength, and balance - people can have productive, enjoyable, and long lives.
Many Baby Boomers have been spending most of their lives raising kids, working, and creating wealth for retirement. Many did not have a lot of time to exercise and stay in shape. Hence, many members of this demographic are now overweight and under-exercised. It is not surprising that many of them experience significant entry barriers when trying to get moving again.
With the arrival of Whole Body Vibration technology, it has become significantly easier to stay in shape. Now you can stay healthy and fit in less time than ever before.
In order to help our customers and clients keeping fit, we have developed several workout protocols for each of these aspects of mobility.
Dr. Christian Reichardt has been involved in Sports Medicine and rehabilitation for 32 years and has worked with many world class athletes. He has poured over research on exercise and has put together a workout regimen using the A3 Vibration exercise protocols based on those findings.
A3 Vibration Plates are easy to use, effective, and most of all, safe. Even an initial 10-minute protocol on the vibration plate in the “Beginner” mode can be challenging for most elderly users. Yet patients typically can progress within a couple of weeks to the next level. Then, they can increase their workout time and intensity at their own pace.
Here is a list of the physiologic reasons for maintaining the flexibility and strength of tissues. This is by no means a complete list, but it demonstrates very well the importance of keeping tissues active:
EXERCISE IMPROVES FLOW OF OXYGEN AND INTAKE OF ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS: It allows the muscles to work properly. Muscles that are not pliable tend to have reduced circulation, which can result in lack of oxygen and therefore a lack of nutrients. This in turn provides better circulation throughout the whole body.
WBV REDUCES TENSION IN MUSCLES AND HELPS MUSCLES RELAX: Many studies have shown that increased flexibility can greatly reduce aches throughout the body, an issue that is on the rise with today's sedentary lifestyles.
IT HELPS REDUCE AND MANAGE STRESS: This causes a significant reduction in the "tension" in your body. You body will feel less stressed, which is essential since stress is a leading contributor to chronic diseases.
IT HELPS TO ELIMINATE PAIN FROM STRESS ON MUSCLES: Exercise loosens muscles, reducing the shortening and tightening effect from working your muscles and the associated aches and pains from it.
IT IMPROVES YOUR POSTURE: Exercising your lower back, shoulders, and chest properly helps to align your back and improve your posture - which helps to take the strain and excessive workload of the spine, particularly the neck.
IT SLOWS THE DEGENERATION OF YOUR JOINTS: Working out helps to increase your range of motion and can slow the degeneration of joints.
IT HELPS TO ELIMINATE OR AVOID LOW BACK PAIN: Flexibility in the hips, hamstrings, and pelvic muscles helps to remove stress from your spine - a major contributor to back pain.
IT IMPROVES CLARITY AND FOCUS: For many of the reasons noted above, such as improved blood circulation, improved oxygen circulation, and reduced body tension, you will experience greater mental clarity and focus.
IT MAY REDUCE YOUR RISK OF INJURY: Flexible muscles are not as likely to become injured from extended movements.