In our increasingly health conscious culture, most people recognise the importance of doing some kind of exercise. The benefits, revealed both through personal experience and scientific research include better cardiovascular health, weight loss, increased protection against a variety of minor and major ailments, and the production of endorphins and other “feel good” neurotransmitters. Exercise as an activity in its own right has perhaps become more important as people find themselves with fewer and fewer opportunities to be significantly active in the process of day to day living.
From a very early age children are often expected to curtail their natural desire for movement, particularly in educational and social settings. Elements of this continue into adulthood with most of us typically spending long periods in environments where movement is restricted by space and social convention. Meanwhile, we have developed an increasingly sedentary approach to leisure – most “living” rooms are set up around the concept of a TV and a sofa, and are not designed to do anything active in.
In many areas of life, machines have replaced a lot of our previously physical and manual activities, and all of this coincides with a time where we have almost unlimited access to tempting foods – foods which are much higher in fats and sugars than would normally occur in nature. Taking everything into account, it is not surprising that many people have become overweight, or at least quite out of condition – and once in this state it can be difficult to imagine the sense of well being that could come from being physically fit, let alone to find the motivation to push through any initial feelings of resistance or discomfort. A significant number of people are also put off exercise because of pain or injury.
Amidst all of these factors, it is interesting to discover that there are tools available which can help to reawaken the body’s natural inclination and capacity for exercise. Last week, I was offered a trial session of a new device called the “Miha Bodytech”. Its function is to activate specific muscle groups using controlled electrical, muscular stimulation. This in turn builds up muscle, and supports the breakdown of excess fat and cellulite. As with conventional exercise, it also improves circulation in the organs and tissues and generates the aforementioned mood enhancing neurotransmitters. My session was guided by Keith, a certified personal trainer. One of his roles is to focus on any specific areas of concern. He usually recommends a workout schedule of twice a week, each session lasting around 30 to 40 minutes. He mentioned that a programme like this delivers significantly quicker results than can be obtained with conventional exercise – which is probably very useful for those who are keen to make progress, or for those for whom time is a premium.
So for those who need to find the incentive to get going, those who have pain or bodily restrictions and even those who feel they just want a little extra help with body shaping, it may be worth investigating whether a few sessions could be of benefit. There are so many different forms of exercise out there, each one having something different to offer – as with everything in life, it is all about finding the right key.
Text: Helen Howard