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Archive for December 16th, 2010

Isometric Exercise

Isometric Exercise

Isometric exercise is defined as, “a form of exercise involving the static contraction of a muscle without any visible movement in the angle of the joint”.  This type of low impact exercise is thousands of years old.  It is practiced by pushing or pulling an immovable object like the floor or a wall.

Isometric exercise is a great low impact form of exercise because it doesn’t involve strenuous activities or extreme pressure on the joints.  It works by contracting and relaxing muscles without changing the angle of the joint.  Simply breathing in, holding the breath, and squeezing your abdominal muscles is an isometric exercise.  Breath control is the most important aspect of isometric exercise.

Isometric exercises can be done without stressing your knees.  This is very important to someone who suffers with osteoarthritis.  Fitness classes, DVD’s and even shows on your local cable channels can teach you some of these exercises.