How Isometric Exercise Can Benefit You
If you work out in a gym regularly, chances are you already include isometric exercises in your routine.
Classed as exercises that are focused on tightening specific muscles without moving the connecting joint, isometric exercises are primarily used to maintain and improve strength in one particular area. Because these movements (think planks, leg lifts and squat holds) aren’t dynamic exercises, they won’t help improve things like speed or athletic performance. That said, they are excellent for stabilising the joints and the core, which makes them perfect for everyone but especially those recovering from injury or prone to weak joints.
Recent research has also shown that isometric exercises are particularly beneficial for reducing blood pressure and improving cardiac health. In a study carried out by Canterbury Christ Church University, participants were made to undergo a series of dynamic exercises, HIIT workouts and isometric exercises before their blood pressure was taken. While all types helped reduce hypertension, it was static exercise that was the most effective, thanks mainly to the way in which blood flow increases suddenly after contraction of the muscles and connecting blood vessels.
If you’re looking to add some isometric exercises into your regime, the good news is that they can be done anywhere, very easily. Static squats planks, leg lifts, calf raises and glute bridges are all examples of isometric exercises that will maintain strength and stamina and keep you in great overall health.