If you have a corporate job, there’s a strong chance you aren’t moving as much as you should. Do you feel like you’re not as active or focused on your fitness and health as much as you’d like to be? Does one of the following things sound familiar?
- You sit at a desk for 8 –12 hours each day
- You’re time poor
- You suffer from lower back pain and poor posture
- You a constantly feel tired, sluggish and unmotivated
At the end of a long workday perhaps the last thing you want to do is go and exercise. Lucky for us, technology has evolved into new ways to create effective, efficient, convenient and flexible options for a person to exercise and stay fit and healthy.
The continuing progression of technology has revolutionised the way we manage our business and personal life. It has changed the way we communicate and even the way we order our food and meet people. Technology saves time and can make our actions more focused, which results in us being able to achieve our outcomes faster.
Innovation in technology can help us to stay healthy
The current landscape we live in is one of being surrounded by endless time demands. We are conditioned to become more efficient, effective and timesaving creatures. But let’s face the truth – the time we save doesn’t get used effectively. We don’t spend the extra time with our families, relaxing or choosing a healthy lifestyle, we just invest it back into result driven outcomes. We have less and less time to manage the greatest asset we ever own – which is our health.
Statistics show that 20% of Australians live a very sedentary lifestyle and ABLA statistics show that 49% of employees experience stress at their workplace.
Research has also shown that exercise relieves stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenalin, and stronger muscles help to neutralize a metabolite called kynurenine, which is caused by stress.
Thankfully technology in the fitness industry is evolving and offering timesaving and effective fitness solutions for time poor people. One technologically advanced method of training is Electronic Muscle Stimulation, or EMS for short.
EMS was originally a therapeutic tool for rehabilitation, but over the last few decades it has made strong developments in becoming an alternative to strength and weight training. This is due to EMS’s ability to create muscle tension in a significant manner, without needing weights or resistance opposing the body. This allows your body to recruit muscle fibres in a safe, efficient and intense way, without adding more external stress to the body.
EMS technology can be likened to a marketing management platform for a business. You write one social media message and the platform broadcasts all channels of social media: across LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram etc… saving you time and placing your message in front of your customers.
This is what EMS does, it “broadcasts” to all of your muscles. Performing training with EMS technology helps to recruit the whole body and can target 8 muscle groups at once, which conventional gym training cannot achieve.
Doing functional movements with EMS technology not only recruits the deepest muscles (for example pelvic floor while you lunge) but it also recruits up to 95% of your muscle fibers. Conventional training can only recruit 40-60% of your muscle fibers, and that is why EMS training can deliver results in only one 20 minute session per week.
Electronic muscle stimulation for the time-poor, injured, elite athlete & senior
Not only useful for the time poor, EMS is suitable for seniors and the injured as the EMS session is specifically tailored to the individual’s capability.
A study completed by the University of Bayreuth on the use of EMS resulted in 82.3% of subjects reducing their back pain, 75.8% saw improvements to their incontinence, 83% saw an improvement in body tension and 86.8% saw an improvement in stability. Overall the study showed an improvement of strength and mood compared to experiences with conventional strength training.
Many top-level athletes who want increase their muscle conditioning while reducing the impact on their joints also use EMS training. Studies have shown significant improvement in speed and an increase of oxygen uptake.
A client completing an EMS session can expect to work 8 muscle groups for an approximate total of 960 repetitions at a ‘perceived’ set intensity, focusing on strength, posture, stability, mobility and endurance in 20 minutes.
EMS training has shown benefits towards weight loss, body toning, increased fitness, improved strength, ease on the joints and tendons, reducing cellulite and improving posture.
So now think about your job, if you had the option to do a week’s worth of tasks in just half a day, would you do it? Of course! The same can go for fitness and your health by using revolutionary EMS technology.
Based off an interval style format, the EMS instructor will take you through simple body weight movements while using EMS as resistance. There are no weights, no crazy exercises and no cardio machines. Just you, a qualified instructor and 20 minutes once a week is all that you need.
Employees who participate in an active lifestyle are on average 3 times more productive working an average of 150 productive hours in a month- this is compared to 49 hours of productivity in sedentary employees.
The future of health, wellness & fitness
EMS technology is the future of fitness, health and stress management, as it is delivering results with maximum efficiency and minimum impact on the body.
Let’s use technological advances in fitness and health to help us save time, get results and to make us healthier.
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