myFM: Isometric exercise

by Lianne Phillipson March 23, 2022

myFM: Isometric exercise

Heading to the gym or out for a run may not be your idea of exercise, and that’s ok. But not exercising in some way isn’t an option. The human body needs to be challenged, all muscles need to maintain strength and mass for metabolism (burning of calories), to keep you upright, and to have fast reaction times to catch yourself should you fall. 

There’s a new, but old, type of exercise I’ve been looking into lately and it’s called isometric exercise. 

Its benefits are foundational to any other exercise or movement–from walking down the street, to yoga in your living room, or more athletic types like hockey or world-class figure skating like isometric exercise fan, Kurt Browning. 

What is it exactly? 

Isometric exercises include the contraction of a muscle without any visible movement. Examples of these exercises could be planks, wall sits, a bridge and flexed arm hang. My guest, Kurt Browning in episode 108 of EAT THIS with Lianne even shared how to work your legs while standing in line at the supermarket! 

We did talk also talk with the strength training expert and founder of ISOPHIT, Brad Thorp, who invented an apparatus to use at home or in a gym, so understanding how isometric exercise can aid pretty speedy weight loss was fascinating, and I’m going to have a go at his 30 exercises in 30 minutes with him in the coming weeks. I need to improve my muscular strength and want better athletic performance with minimal stress to my tendons and joints. This body isn’t getting any younger and I know how much better I feel when my muscles are strong, so I’m going for it. 

Listen to segment below!

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