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Hold That Pose for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Everything in life is not all about doing as others do.  Many people try to do something good for their health by emulating what they feel everyone else does.  Sometimes it works, other times it may be a bust. Building better health can be done in many different ways.  For many, this may mean lots more activity. Running, biking, swimming, and group exercising can all be good ways of moving in the right direction.  Moving is not the only way to improve health. Resistance training in which there is no movement can actually have a high success rate. This is called isometrics.  A few years ago, they were the thing to do. They seem to be re-appearing somewhat with good results.

They May Help Combat Muscle Loss from Aging

It is pretty common for people to begin to lose muscle mass as they age.  Part of this may be due to the fact that many of them simply slow down and take for granted their decline.  It doesn’t have to be that way. Isometrics can help to work those muscles without the risk of strains or other damage to them.  They can help to build strength and endurance. Since it is possible to isolate certain areas of concern, people may be able to work those muscles that are most in need of development.

They May Be Able Work to All Muscle Groups

Since isometrics are based upon using resistance against some basically immovable object, people can focus on as many muscles as they desire.  While controlling this activity, they may exert whatever amount of energy or effort they feel is necessary. The end result will be increasing the size and function of those muscles without the risk of injury.  Like so many other things, people rarely use their full potential in many things.

They May Increase Flexibility

I have found that as I have gotten older, I am in need of more flexibility.  I just don’t bend as well as I did at one time. Isometrics are very effective at helping to improve flexibility.  Holding in place in various positions can be much like stretching. Blood flow may be increased to some of those muscles.  This helps to train them. I have done isometrics in the past with good success. I was able to concentrate on certain areas and build those muscles.  It may work for you as well.

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


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