Isometric exercise is a type of exercise which involves the static contraction of the muscle with no visible motion in the joint angle. These types of exercises are employed by professional athletes and average people keen on increasing muscle and strength. They can be performed almost everywhere, including on buses and trains or even in your workplace, and require hardly any equipment.

Example of an Isometric (ISO) Exercise Photo Credit: www.abc-of-fitness.com

Example of an Isometric (ISO) Exercise
Photo Credit: www.abc-of-fitness.com

Below are some of the benefits of isometric exercises:

Boosts metabolism

This kind of strength training is a great way to build muscles. If you have more lean muscle mass, you will burn more calories since muscles need more energy to maintain that fat.

Lowers the Risk of Osteoporosis

Regular training will increase density of bone. Isometric exercises are a great way for older people to support their bone health. It could be performed at your own home with no cost or equipment.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

It has been known that exercise lowers LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or what we call as the ‘bad cholesterol’ while increasing HDL (high-density lipoprotein) or what is called as the ‘good cholesterol.’ Isometric exercises are shown to substantially control levels of cholesterol in people of any age.

Much Safer Compared to Regular Weight Training

Since it does not require movement or heavy weights, it is much safer as compared to any other form of exercise and is usually carried out in rehabilitation. This is the reason why this type of exercise is encouraged for seniors.

Watch the video for some intense isometric exercises.

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Generally, isometric exercises are beneficial and practical for a lot of people. From youngsters to seniors, isometrics are affordable, safe and can be performed just about anytime, anywhere.

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