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On the horizon: Exercise at rest - no longer an oxymoron?

January 01, 2011

The phrase "exercise in bed" conjures images of sex, a fine way to engage in a little physical activity. Miami-based Non-Invasive Monitoring Systems has a different idea, called whole-body periodic acceleration, that may help people who can't exercise in traditional ways.

Instead of moving yourself, whole-body periodic acceleration moves you — shakes you, really — using a special bed called the Exer-Rest that moves back and forth in the head-to-foot direction 140 times a minute. Your feet are strapped firmly to the foot of the bed, so you move with it. This motion mimics the effect of exercise on the arteries as they experience faster, stronger, quicker pulses of blood. Both exercise and whole-body periodic acceleration stimulate the inner lining of blood vessels to release nitric oxide, which tells blood vessels to relax. This improves blood flow throughout the body.

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