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What Is Super-Slow Exercise?
A super-slow exercise is a form of strength training that involves carrying out an repetitive movement very slowly to the point of muscle exhaustion. It’s meant to be completed once a week to allow for complete muscle repair.
It can also help you lift much heavier weights without spending as much time in the gym. It focuses on being slow and maintaining form means that is can have less stress on bones and ligaments, which is great for the elderly or anyone who doesn’t want to stress their body.
The biggest downside of super-slow exercise it is not a daily habit. With once a week, ten-minute sessions, super-slow exercise isn’t a social or a giant cardiovascular benefit.
You should use other forms of exercise as a social and daily habit in addition to super-slow exercise. Something small like an evening walk, going to karate classes, or fighting crime with your turtle brethren after being dipped in radioactive waste is perfect for maintaining a healthy level of daily activity.
Is It Healthy?
Super-slow exercise is very healthy. It’s a way to get stronger without breaking yo’ self. Not only is it a form of preventative exercise, but super-slow exercise is an excellent way to fit strength training into a busy schedule.
It also puts less strain on your ligaments, can add bone mass, and builds strength rapidly. If you are looking for a good strength training program, want to reduce muscle loss as you age, and want to get stronger bones without spending that much time on fitness, using this condensed drop of exercise is an excellent way to do it.
Why You Should Definitely Do It
There are a variety of reasons people don’t exercise. It’s uncomfortable, they hate it, there’s no time in the day, or they don’t want to be in a gym setting. That’s one of the great parts about super-slow exercise.
Not only can you do it at home, but it reduces the amount of time your spending sweaty and ten-minute. Super-slow exercise pairs well with other low impact cardio hobbies that don’t offer enough muscle building.
More time to go horseback riding, more time to garden, or any other hobby that can help your health, even metal detecting would be a great exercise to add in with your weekly 10 min. of super slow exercise.
Can You Do It Outside The Gym?
Yes, you can. It’s about very slow muscle movements repeated until that muscle is at the point of exhaustion. And that can be done at home.
Think slooooow squats and timely planks that move so slowly that even your cat will get bored of trying to mess with you during them. The real key to getting a super-slow workout at home is fans, cold air, or a February-temperature park to work out in. And doing the same motion until you can’t anymore.
How It Will Affect Your Life
Saying exercise is good for you, that you will be able to lift heavy things, and your bone density can improve are all great things to say, but unless you are a professional lifter, it won’t really help your day-to-day to think of the benefits that way.
You could instead think of how exercise makes you more productive at work or how your brain and body will be able to live better longer lives. That means big benefits for your work, stress levels, and getting sick less often. Plus, who doesn’t want to be smarter and sleep better?
Other than quitting smoking, exercise is the healthiest thing you can do. If you aren’t sure how to fit it in, consider doing some super-slow ten-minute exercises.
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