Check out this article from the latest Okanagan Health and Wellness magazine, written by Laura Pelletier.
“Whole Body Vibration: A Low Impact Ally in the Fight against Infection.
Colds make us miserable at any time of year, and this exercise option can help when our energy levels are low. There is no shortage of research studies showing that exercise helps to boost your immune system, which assists in fighting simple infections like colds and flu. Sufficient exercise also helps ward off bigger problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. When we have a cold or the fly, we’re usually too tired or our energy level is so low that we have no desire to exercise. However, if you’re feeling up to it, and you can muster the energy, its perfectly fine. It is important to remember to stay well hydrated and to make sure that you don’t get overheated or tire yourself out to the point that you end up feeling terrible afterwards.
Some physicians say there is a fairly simple way to decide if you should take it easy or not and its called the “neck up” or “neck down” rule. If your symptoms are mostly from the neck up, meaning you have sniffles, a runny nose, and headache or perhaps a mild cough, its probably ok to take advantage of a mild workout. On the other hand, if your symptoms are severe and primarily from the neck down (meaning you’ve got a deep chest cough or a high fever), you should probably consider holding off until you feel better. But in the end, the choice is yours.
Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is a safe, efficient and effective type of exercise that can be very beneficial when you have a cold. Exercising on a Whole Body Vibration’s low impact, oscillating platform really prompts lymphatic drainage and the movement of fluids throughout the body. Try standing on a WBV platform with your legs straight (knees not locked) and allow yourself to feel the vibrations in your head for a minute. Next, tilt your head back a little to stretch under the chin. This really helps to clear the lymph ducts of the throat of mucus and other toxic debris. These lymph ducts are responsible for draining the sinuses and nasal passages and generally clearing stuffiness from the head.
You’ll feel your sinuses drain within minutes of standing on the vibrating WBV platform, indicating that lymphatic drainage is occurring and pressure in the sinus cavities is being relieved. It really works that quickly!
Remember there can be too much of a good thing and when you exercise with a cold, it’s important to listen to your body and not over-exert yourself. Overdoing it could stress your immune system even more and prolong your illness. This is why low-impact Whole Body Vibration exercise is so important; you’ll be able to get the results of an hour’s worth of strenuous conventional exercise in just ten minutes, and do it without breaking a sweat.
So, as soon as you begin to feel the symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, nip it in the bud and get that lymphatic drainage going with Whole Body Vibration exercise. ”
A Whole Body Vibration session is only $10 at Smooth Effects Vernon. Or to purchase your own, call Laura at Kwikfit4u 778-754-7400 or send her an email to email@example.com