There is so much hype today when it comes to weight loss that it’s easy to get confused and distracted. No matter what you may hear on t.v. the truth is you only need two things to lose weight: a good diet and plenty of exercise. There is no quick fix, no miracle drug, and no surgery that will allow you to eat whatever you want, not exercise and still lose weight. The good news is that you do have a lot of choices when it comes to which types of foods to eat and what exercise programs to use. Using motionless exercise is one of those effective options.
Motionless, or isometric, exercise is simply a way of stimulating your muscles without having to lift heavy, cumbersome weights. This form of weight training has been popular since the 1900’s and is still widely used today by weight trainers, power lifters, and other athletes. All you need to do is find an immovable object, such as a wall, and press against it for 30 – 45 seconds, then release.
Your muscles will get the same benefit as it would if you were lifting weights, but it can be an easier form of exercise, particularly if you don’t have a lot of time for a ‘traditional’ workout or if you are just beginning your exercise routine and need to start a little slower.
This form of exercise will rely solely on the weight of your body for resistance. That can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage is that you don’t need a lot of special equipment and you can do the exercises virtually anywhere, such as at your desk or on your daily commute.
Since isometric exercise can be squeezed in virtually anywhere and can be done in just a few minutes, you can get the benefit of this amazing form of exercise no matter how hectic and busy your daily routine may be.
The disadvantage to isometric exercise is that since you are only using your own body weight you will reach a point where you won’t be making any more muscle gains because you won’t be able to add weight to your workout like you would if you were lifting weights.
Of course for any well rounded exercise program you will not only need to incorporate exercise you will also need to pay close attention to your diet. Eating not only healthy foods, but the right amount of food at the right time will speed your weight training efforts along. When you combine good eating habits along with isometric exercises you will get far more impressive results far more quickly.
When it comes to losing weight and getting in shape we are very lucky these days. It seems that new exercise programs and choices are being introduced on an almost daily basis. We have cutting edge technologies and eating choices. Using isometric motionless exercise is one of those options. This ‘old fashioned’ exercise may have been around for a very long time, but it’s every bit as effective today as it was for the strongmen of the 1900’s, give it a try and see for yourself!