Yesterday, I had a minor health scare. After a hard hour-and-a-half workout, I noticed that I started to go visually blind on my right side. I recognized what was going, stopped working out, and began drinking coconut water, a sports drink. I showered, left the gym, and sat in my car. And guzzled 48 more ounces of the stuff. (It’s a wheatgrass, aloe, coconut water thing. A good source of potassium.) I then noticed that I was losing slight feeling in my right side and my hearing was ebbing. I really hoped I was just short of electrolytes. (I also ate three quick nutritional bars, I was somehow famished.)
My plan for the day was to buy a piece of gym equipment off Craigslist, known as the Power Step Whole Body Vibration (WBV) machine, something I could take to Japan. I am a little bit of wheeler and a dealer, so my strategy was to bargain with the owner. And knock some money off the price. When I had called her the prior night, it turned out to be owned by an 86 year-old woman. And I just had no heart of bare-knuckle deal with her. I paid full price which was still 33% of retail for a machine used three times. Don’t laugh, Whole Body Vibration is really relaxing:
As the plate vibrates (Oscilates) under the users feet, muscles are forced to relax and contract subconciously in order to maintain balance and stability. The users own body weight acts as the resistance, causing the body to burn calories quickly and efficiently….
Unlike any other exercise machine, you can do anything from just standing on the plate, up to a full body workout (replacing that trip to the gym). Since we are already providing more repetition than your body is capable of on its own, any extra weight you add becomes that much more effective. By focusing more weight on your arms for a push up (hands on vibration plate), not only can you build strength and muscle, our added repetitions will tone and firm at the same time!!
Truly, WBV is very invigorating. Do I expect it to make me stronger or more toned? Not really, but I do like its relaxing properties. It would be ideal for kids or adults with autism disorders; it really grounds you into your body. I am not a doctor, but I can see practical application for all sorts of ADD/ADHD afflictions.
As I called the owner of my new piece of gear to confirm the pick-up time, I noticed I could not string two words together. My mind was not working properly. My IQ felt in the low 60s. Long story short: I sat in my car for awhile as my body recuperated. In thirty minutes, I was nearly back to tip-top shape.
I ended up spending a good part of the morning rearranging the elderly lady’s living room. (Who wheeled and dealed with whom?) After I bought her WBV machine, she needed some assistance moving her furniture. And I am a sucker for helping folks. I enjoyed it, she was very sweet. I brought my machine home and went to bed at 8 that night. I got to remember to drink more when I work out. That was slightly scary. I’ve had it happen once before, in high school, when I got dehydrated running cross-country. Some fluids and I was good to go then too…