by Tara Mcgovern

New technology aids fitness

Active doctors can encourage active patients

Fit exercise into a busy lifestyle in 20 minutes

Recent studies have highlighted how physically fit doctors are in fact five times more likely to recommend the importance of exercise to their patients than their less active counterparts. In today’s frantic world, however, many medical professionals simply don’t have the time to balance their intense schedules with a regular fitness regime of their own.

"If doctors want to talk the talk, they've got to walk the walk, frankly. Patients really find you more credible if you have an enthusiasm for physical activity," Nieca Goldberg, MD, said in a statement as an American Heart Association spokesperson.

Fortunately, there is now a way to fit your fitness routine into a single 20-minute session per week (now that will help your busy schedule!) – through BODYTEC, the original electro muscular stimulation (EMS) training system introduced to South Africa by founder Boris Leyck. By combining personal training with  EMS, BODYTEC enables clients to quickly, effectively and visibly reduce fat content and weight while gently defining muscles and increasing physical strength and endurance – all in only 20 minutes a week.

Research studies from the Bayreuth University in Germany have shown that BODYTEC technology is so effective that just 20 minutes of training is comparable to three strength-training sessions in a conventional gym.

In addition to the time-saving benefits, this innovative and effective training system provides a multitude of proven benefits. For instance, it is a gentle and effective complementary treatment for many patients suffering from back pain or muscular imbalances.

According to Leyck, this low-impact system reduces stress on joints, making it a wonderful tool for rehabilitation after injury. In fact, EMS training was originally used in the medical and sports rehabilitation fields for the treatment of muscle atrophy and imbalance. It was later used in professional sports to improve performance. These days, training with EMS is an increasingly popular and proven training method all over the world.

Research results from Bayreuth University have revealed that:

  • 88% of people tested reduced their back pain.
  • over 30% of those reported their recurring back problems had disappeared.
  • overall, maximum strength ability increased by 12% while endurance/fitness levels improved by 69%.

BODYTEC client and medical professional Dr Helen Muir shares: “I have done my fourth session of BODYTEC and I can already see a difference in the muscle definition of my arms. I think the BODYTEC form of exercise is perfect for the busy individual who is time-bankrupt and also for people with injuries who are unable to do conventional training because of an existing injury.”

Dr Cecile Balkema, a busy health professional, had this to say about her BODYTEC experience: “I started BODYTEC in January and after about four sessions I already noted I was getting stronger. I participate in a lot of trail running competitions and, since starting BODYTEC  I keep getting faster and faster on the trails and am feeling much stronger, especially toward the end of long races.”

Since BODYTEC training takes only 20 minutes and with branches around the country, available by appointment at times to meet your needs, it’s convenient for medical professionals to fit some fitness into their hectic schedules and promote a healthy lifestyle to their patients by example.

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