Many of us are concerned about our weight these days. Exercise is an essential component of any weight-loss programme.
There is no question that regular exercise has several health advantages and may significantly improve overall health, weight management in general, and weight loss in particular.
Many individuals turn to isometric exercises for weight reduction out of convenience, due to hectic schedules, and sometimes a desire to keep things as easy as possible.
“Are isometric workouts beneficial for weight loss?”
Many people are unfamiliar with isometric exercises, so let’s start there.
An isometric workout is one in which a muscle is contracted and exerting effort, but is unable to move due to an opposing force or weight.
Such exercises were popularized by physical training pioneers such as Bernarr Macfadden and Angelo Siciliano (AKA Charles Atlas). In the mid-twentieth century, Charles Atlas rose to prominence by selling his “Dynamic Tension” training in comic books and magazines to “98 pound weaklings” who wanted to learn how to create enormous muscles quickly.
While early proponents relied on anecdotal evidence, subsequent scientific research by reputable institutions such as the Max Planck Institute and NASA verified these ideas to be true. A person might grow muscle by attempting to move an immovable item… sometimes putting one set of muscles against another, as in many isometric workouts.
Many elite sportsmen now incorporate isometric exercise into their training regimen.
That’s a key distinction… “as part of”…
Isometric exercise has various disadvantages and restrictions.
Still, it is a type of exercise, and because exercise has been shown to help with weight reduction, why wouldn’t isometric exercises help with weight loss?
While isometric training CAN assist develop muscle, i.e. lean muscle mass, which can help burn fat, the actual workout phase with isometrics is brief, and there does not appear to be a lingering period of elevated metabolic rate, which is common with other types of exercise.
On the other hand, any increase in muscular strength, joint stability, and general health might motivate an overweight, out-of-shape individual to begin exercising. Furthermore, good strength growth may boost confidence and serve as a catalyst for even greater movement and exercise.
Isometric exercises can help people lose weight by acting as a “gateway” or complement to more rigorous types of exercise, such as weight training, or cardiovascular training, such as walking or running, which are the greatest and most effective exercise choices for weight management and weight reduction.
By the way, while many hobbies, such as gardening and carpentry, might be considered “exercise,” they are not always balanced or beneficial to total muscular strength improvement. Isometric exercises can benefit health, fitness, weight reduction, and weight control in any active lifestyle.
So, it appears that, at least as a starting or supplement, isometric workouts can be beneficial for weight reduction and should not be overlooked.