Did you know you can strengthen and tone your body without even moving a muscle? It’s called isometric movement and it’s an easy and effective way to help stay in shape. Even better, it can be done anywhere and without any equipment.
When you do this type of exercise, you tense your muscles but they don’t actually move. They create muscle tension in a static position rather than being dynamic through movement. For example, pressing your hands together as if in prayer and holding for 10 seconds is an isometric exercise. You’ll feel tension in your chest and arms and yet your arms haven’t moved.
As well as toning muscles and building strength, isometric movement can also help you burn fat and improve flexibility. As this form of exercise doesn’t involve impact or a full range of motion, they are also a great way of getting your fitness back when recovering from an injury.
At MADE we incorporate isometric exercises into many of our fitness classes. Here are our top three for you to try either here in the gym or at home…