Despite what your personal trainer may tell you, burning calories doesn’t have to involve running a marathon or spending endless hours on a treadmill. In fact, you burn around 300 calories just in your sleep! It’s little wonder why ‘passive exercises,’ such as vibration machines, are fast becoming a popular aid to any fitness-training regime.

Vibration machines work by standing on vibrating plates, and the small pulses trick the brain into thinking that you are falling. Your body automatically reacts by contracting your muscles multiple times per second in order to stabilise the body. Standing on a vibration plate may feel odd, but in time you’ll begin to get used to this strange motion. If you’re willing to give this a try, you’ll enjoy the many benefits a vibration machine has to offer.

Benefits of using a vibration exercise machine

The biggest non-health related benefit of using a vibration exercise machine is that you can get more of a workout done in less time. This is due to the vibration plates engaging up to 100% of your muscles fibres, in comparison to other resistance training exercises that engage only 40-60%.

Another benefit is that most vibration exercise machines are compact and won’t take up too much room in your home. This means when you’re too tired to go to the gym, you can spend just 15 to 30 minutes a day on these plates while watching your favourite television show - and you won’t even need to get out of your pyjamas!

Vibration plates also strengthen and tone your muscles when performing dynamic strength training exercises like lunges and squats. As the vibrations cause your muscles to contract and relax at a greater rate, this stimulates muscle growth to meet energy demands. This in turn causes your muscles to become more solid over time. This is also one of the reasons why rehabilitation centres endorse vibration plates.

By enjoying a balanced diet and using vibration plates in conjunction with your elliptical trainer or other workout machine, you will begin to see a difference they can have on your overall health.