Alternative to exercise may improve bone health

Many older folks find it difficult to engage in regular, vigorous exercise. According to a new study published in the journal Endocrinology, a less strenuous activity—called whole-body vibration or WBV—can mimic some of the bone (and possibly muscle) benefits of regular exercise.

WBV consists of a person sitting, standing, or lying on a machine with a special vibrating platform. When the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the body causing mini-contractions in the muscle several times per second. Over time, this can increase bone density and improve balance, and possibly increase strength.

Comments: There are many WBV machines on the market. The one that I recommend is the Micro-Impact Platform made in the USA by Juvent Health.