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Movement Is Only One Way to Improve Health

By Tom Herrin

The first thing that comes to mind when most people try to think about what they can do to improve their health usually involves a lot of movement.  Whether it is running, riding a bicycle, or participating in some other kind of exercise, some kind of movement is the norm for most people in order to build health.  There are a few things that people can do that allow them to improve their health without that classic movement. Isometric exercises are based on stationary resistance.  Years ago, they were somewhat of a craze but seem to be making a comeback in recent times. They can fill some pretty good needs while avoiding some problems.

They May Help with Muscles Recovery

When people have experienced injuries to the muscles, or some other kind of setbacks, they are in need of some kind of rehabilitation.  In this case, some movement may risk additional injury. Isometrics can allow people to work the muscles without those chances of injuries.  They can slowly place the muscles under stress while saving the joints at the same time. As they do this, they may increase the strength of the muscles at a rate that does not place any undue burden on them.

They May Address Multiple Muscle Groups

When people are working the muscles through movement, it may require quite a bit of planning and extra work in order to work those muscles.  With isometrics, they can isolate those areas they want to work. This can allow them to get to the point in less time. Those muscles can be successfully worked without going to so much additional effort.

They May Provide a Mental Boost

When you participate in isometrics, you can still do some good things with muscle development.  Anytime you do this, your body may also release chemicals that can make you feel good. There is nothing quite like this.  I have used isometrics in the past and enjoyed the feeling of actually working a few muscles in a short period of time. I was able to work the ones I needed to without spending a lot of extra time doing so.  It is hard to fail at isometric exercises. If you are a little short on time and/or space but would like to enjoy the benefits, try doing some isometrics.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brentwood, Calif.


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