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Tips for Toning When Exercising with a Vibration Plate

Have you been looking for an easy way to tone your body? If so, you’ve probably heard all about vibration plates and what they can do for you in terms of toning body muscles, burning calories, strengthening muscles, and improving flexibility. In order to determine whether these power plates really work or are just fads, we’ll need to take a closer look at the science behind such exercising machines.

Now, before we go on about how a vibration plate can help you tone up, it should be noted that these machines will only produce results if you apply the right exercising techniques.

What Are Vibration Plates All About

Also known as power plates, vibration plates provide high-speed workouts by using vibrations to stimulate muscles into relaxing and contracting. Normally, our muscles contract once or twice a second. However, with vibration plates, this number can increase to 30 to 50 times per second depending on the intensity of the vibrations and the workout you’re engaged in. This increase in contractions is merely an indication of how hard the muscles are working.

Generally, the vibrations fire up muscle activity by forcing you to keep your balance while completing whatever workout routine you’re doing. This results in the plate’s remarkable ability to tone body muscles as well as burn more calories during workouts.

Vibration Plate Muscle Toning Tips

Now that you have an idea of how vibration plates work, let’s take a look at a few tips to help you tone up quicker.

Start Gradually

Whether you’re looking to burn calories, build strength, or tone your muscles, the best way to train on a vibration plate is to increase the frequency gradually. This helps to keep your muscles challenged during workouts and will therefore enhance results.

Seeing as increasing frequency gradually helps enhance the muscle toning benefit of vibration plates, the best vibration plate for toning muscles would be one with a wide frequency range. So, keep this in mind when you go shopping for your very own vibration plate.

Maintain a Proper Position

In order to develop muscle tone when using a vibration plate, it’s essential for you to adopt a position that puts tension on whatever muscles you’re targeting. For instance, the proper starting position for engaging in squats would be to stand in the center of the machine with both feet planted firmly on the machine. When done right, squats will help you tone lower body muscles such as the glutes, hamstrings, calves and quads. If you’re been trying to figure out how to get bigger hips, squats can help with this too!

On the other hand, you can also perform upper body resistance routines on the vibration plate such as push-ups or bicep curls by using the attached tension cords that come with most machines. Whatever muscle toning exercise you choose to perform on a vibration plate, make sure to maintain the correct posture in order to maximize benefits and minimize risk of injury.

Most vibration plates come with DVDs or exercise booklets/charts showing you how to do a variety of exercises. Therefore, knowing the ideal position for various workouts will not be difficult. However, if you’re not sure of the right position for any exercise, consulting a fitness trainer or researching on the Internet will provide you with answers.

Mix Up Your Exercises

Although engaging in one type of exercise during a vibration plate workout session can yield positive results, it doesn’t provide you with the best way to maximize your time. You should instead try mixing up your exercise routines by combing:

  1. Compound exercises that use more than one muscle group, and
  2. Isolation exercises that target specific muscles.

For instance, you can engage in squats for a few minutes and then follow up with bicep curls.

Mixing up your routines engages every muscle group in the body, thus putting you on the right path toward gaining total fitness. Engaging in different exercises also provides the added benefit of increasing the potential for calorie burn if you’re looking to lose some fat.

Vibration plates are a great time saver since they target several muscles at the same time. The best part is you don’t have to exercise on a vibration plate for hours on end in order to enjoy the benefits of these training tools. But that said, only a good quality vibration plate will be able to provide you with these benefits. So, make sure to go through as many vibration plate reviews as possible to ensure you end up with a high performance unit that’s perfect for your fitness needs.

2017-07-24T22:29:54+00:00 May 19, 2015|Health|

Interiors Edit: Going Cuckoo over Copper – Guest Post

If you read my interiors and lifestyle blog  you could probably tell that I’ve gone cuckoo… and not only because I’m mad about home interiors but because I simply love using copper accents to style a room.

Here are my 4 top tips on how to use this luxury colour to inspire your decor…

Interiors Edit: Going Cuckoo over Copper - Guest Post | UK Lifestyle Blog

Interiors Edit: Going Cuckoo over Copper - Guest Post | UK Lifestyle Blog

Interiors Edit: Going Cuckoo over Copper - Guest Post | UK Lifestyle Blog

Copper Accessories

From candle holders and vases to trinket boxes and luxe detailing, copper has a beautiful sheen as well as colour. The accessories that you add around the room don’t need to be big, in fact smaller items that are clustered together work best. They reflect warm lighting to create a welcoming space and ooze glamour to create a space that’s fit for a queen.

Mixing the Elements

I adore partnering man-made copper with natural wooden furniture. The materials work well together, off-setting the harshness of the metal with the natural element of wood to create a harmonious balance in the room.

Chic Decor Combinations

The all-white scene is extremely popular and has been for a number of years now, however 2015 saw the addition of a pop of colour. As you can see in the image I took at the Ideal Home Show, copper easily slips into a white bedroom, adding a contemporary edge to the interior.

Copper Blush Coloured Walls

Add glamour to a modern room in moments with a touch of this shade. Your walls will blush from seduction and compliment your personal space that you can show off to guests.

I wrote a whole post on Copper Blush being Dulux Colour of the Year so be sure to check out more ways to use the colour in your home.

A massive thanks to the lovely Sam and to you for reading 🙂

Written and photographed by Alina Isaev from The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog.

Be sure to tweet me using @alinaisaev!

2018-01-08T03:34:35+00:00 May 19, 2015|Home Decor|

Office spring cleaning: how to get organised in three easy steps

The long days and extra sunshine at this time of year might have got you all fired up to whip your work area into shape. Whether you’re tackling an untidy home office or a bigger, commercial space, there are a few basic principles to bear in mind. By following these three simple steps, you should succeed in creating a clean and clear space.

Office spring cleaning: how to get organised in three easy steps | UK Lifestyle Blog

Stock up on storage solutions

No spring cleaning project will work if you don’t have the right storage solutions in place. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of options on offer. You can take your pick from a host of products, including cabinets, lockers, drawers and shelving. You don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality either. Office furnishing specialists like Calibre offer storage systems in a range of finishes. Whether you’re after veneers, glass, plastic, metal or wood, you won’t struggle to find the right solution for your work area.

If you’re a little short on square footage, you can take advantage of full-height storage products, and under-desk pedestals are also a space saving option. Always get more storage than you think you’ll need too. It’s surprising how quickly shelves and drawers fill up, and it’s better to have a little extra space than to have your storage solutions bursting at the seams.

Jettison your junk

According to advice from Winnipeg Anago Cleaning Systems, “Once you’ve got your stylish new cabinets, pedestals and so on in place, it can be tempting to just pile in your papers, books and more. Before you do this though, take some time to go through all of these resources to see which you actually need and which can be thrown away or recycled.” Jettisoning your junk like this can be a great feeling, and it will make finding the documents and other resources that you really do need much quicker and easier.

Bear in mind that if you’re getting rid of paperwork that contains sensitive or confidential information, you’ll need to take care to shred it.

Find the perfect filing system

Last but not least, make sure you put an effective filing system in place. Simply shoving documents into drawers and other storage areas might save you time now, but it’ll make your life harder in the long run. Whether you opt for paper trays, baskets or something else, find a system that works for you. It’s also a good idea to use labels to remind you where things go, and once you’ve established the system, make sure you stick to it.

2018-01-08T03:34:35+00:00 May 18, 2015|Blogging Tips|
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