Is There Such a Thing as Stationary Activity?
By Tom Herrin
When most people have any thoughts about activity, it is in reference to things they have seen done. In other words, playing some sort of game or participating in some group activity usually comes to mind. Exercise classes, pick-up games, and things of that nature may be what commonly crosses the mind. The fact is that if people think of the term “activity” in relationship to exercise, they may literally not have to move a muscle. Isometrics that were once popular may be gaining a new following in terms of what they can do for developing people.
They May Improve Muscles Strength
Working out to build muscle is often thought of as something done with heavier weights or significant resistance. The risk with heavier weights is injury that can be serious or end up in a considerable amount of down time. Isometrics are done with a great amount of resistance, usually an immovable object. It does not end up with the strain that is done with weights but does work against the resistance present. Since the muscles remain in a fairly fixed position for a longer period of time, blood flow is able to reach and remain lower in the muscles. This, along with materials it contains that help to build muscles, can be very effective. It is believed that muscle strength can be increased by as much as 5 percent each week for several weeks by doing isometrics.
They May Save Time and Space
Isometrics can be done in a minimal amount of space. They can basically be done in space no larger than a person. People can target certain areas they want to develop and work on those a little at a time. Since they are concentrating on maintaining muscle contraction for longer periods, multiple repetitions are not necessary. The session may last only a few minutes. It may be possible to develop muscle during a break at work or as soon as someone gets home in the afternoon.
They May Support Good Mental Health
If you are like most people, there are times when you get down and depressed. Working out is an effective way of getting the body to release chemicals that help a person to feel better. Isometrics can serve this purpose and do it efficiently. I am one of those who sometimes experiences the effects of stress. If I can’t get away for a full workout, doing some isometrics for a few minutes is a good way of shifting gears mentally. It can work for you as well at work or home. For a simple way to enhance your health, try a few isometrics.
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