You may have heard of a new way of toning your body called “whole body vibration.” By standing or sitting on a special machine that vibrates rapidly, your muscles supposedly get a good workout in as few as 10 to 15 minutes. Most machines resemble a standing scale and have a bar to hold onto. They vibrate very fast, and by moving your body around, you can target specific areas for vibration.
Some advocates say the workout can be as vigorous as fully running for 30 minutes or longer, with all the same physical gains. Not all research points to such robust health benefits, but a new study indicates that it may help with weight loss in very overweight people. (more…)