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Passive Exercise for Weight-loss?

Updated on October 16, 2015
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Passive Exercise

For the cynical health and fitness experts out there who may have not ever experienced what it is like to be morbidly obese or to not be motivated to exercise at all, I would encourage you to move away from this article. However, for those of you who are more open-minded or have experienced what it is like to be morbidly obese and trapped within your physical limitations, you might find this article to be of a particular interest to you as it relates to an augmentation to a healthy diet and exercise regimen. It's called passive exercise.

You may be wondering what exactly qualifies as passive exercise?

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The Machines

There are a variety of machines out there that reportedly provide for the following actions:

  • Simulates the workout of a gym session
  • Improves blood circulation and boosts lympatic system (fat) function as evidenced by;
  • Break down and elimination of fat
  • Firms muscles and aids in shaping the body
  • Enable individuals to burn up to 4,900 calories in two hours of treatment

When coupled with a healthy diet, this machine is reported to be very effective. However, the individual who uses the machine must also make a commitment to change his/her diet.

Passive exercise is not only beneficial to the morbidly obese in that it allows for some form of physical activity but studies have shown that it may also be beneficial to the elderly. In a recent study of individuals age 74-99 years, it was demonstrated that passive exercise tended to improve leg muscle strength and mobility ultimately allowing the elderly to maintain functional capacity and improve circulation. This in turn will ultimately enable them to maintain their independence and ability to carry out their own daily activities in their home.

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About the Pat Walker Machine

For the purposes of this article, let's take a look at the Pat Walker Machine. This machine is commonly found in physician or chiropractor offices or also within spas in which weight loss programs are offered. This machine is a passive/resistance exercise unit designed to increase circulation in all parts of the body, without sweating or even disrobing, while improving muscle tone and breaking down unwanted fat when used a minimum of three times per week.

The machine takes the body through five sequential exercises, starting with the upper body and working throughout the entire body. It is a jarring experience but for some individuals, its very similar to receiving a stimulating massage over a 30 minute period.

Machines like the Pat Walker Machine basically vibrates the entire body, causing muscles to contact and relax dozens of time per seconds. This rapid contraction and relaxation may cause you to feel as though you exerted yourself just a tad while laying in a recumbent position.

In summary, passive exercise can be an excellent method to ease your way back into fitness or even a substitute of sorts if you are physically unable to exert your body and/or muscles. While this machine may not be the magical solution to weight-loss or fitness, it is an alternative solution for those who might have some degree of limitations.

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