Brian Sterling-Vete Ph.D. and a small team from TWiEA spent over a year working with the NHS innovation team at the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on an isometric exercise program.
During the year, Brian and his team delivered regular workout sessions to members of the innovation team while they were at work.
They also coached them in the practical application and use of isometric exercises so they could perform them individually as per the ‘Workout at Work’ initiative designed by Brian and the TWiEA team.
The ‘Workout at Work’ concept is all about performing a single isometric exercise lasting just 10 seconds every 30 minutes during an average working day. If the working day lasts for 9-hours, then an 18-exercise comprehensive total-body workout has been performed in exchange for 180 seconds of consecutive exercise time.
Increasing the blood flow to the brain every 30-minutes boosts mental agility and concentration and also efficiently exercised the skeletal muscles and cardiovascular system.
More importantly, depression-busting hormones were released to enhance the mood and feel-good factor. If a simple 7 exercise program were performed each day with each exercise lasting just 10 seconds, then this 70-second isometric workout would create a healthier physical body, and also release the all-important feel-good hormones to improve mental health as well.
Now, Brian and the team from TWiEA will be working with the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to help spread the word about isometrics and encourage the uptake of the exercise system throughout the NHS. Crucially, unlike almost all other exercise systems, since isometric exercise is so fast and easy-to-perform, and it costs nothing, it is ideal for people who do not like to exercise but who also know they must do something physical to improve their overall health and fitness.
Not only would regular use of the isometric exercise system dramatically help to improve the mental health of the nation, especially after long periods of isolation and lockdown, it will also dramatically improve physical health.
Get Involved and Help us Support the NHS
We need your help to support the NHS, patients, and to make peoples fitter, stronger, healthier and enjoy a better overall quality of life.
While TWiEA may be a comparatively small organisation, we like to think that we have a big heart. We have already committed over a year of working with the NHS to help train people in using isometric exercise to get stranger, fitter, and improve the overall quality of their life in exchange for just a few minutes every day.
To compliment our already extensive isometric exercise video archive, we have now we have filmed a special series of videos about how to perform effective isometric exercises in bed.
We are supplying these into the NHS via our private video-on-demand platform through the NHS Innovation team in Manchester.
So far, this has cost us a lot of money, and it will continue to do so. However, we feel that the NHS and people recovering from long periods of bed rest after illnesses such as COVID-19 are worth helping.
Please help us to help them. We urgently need sponsors to not only keep our work alive in the NHS but to help us reach more people who need help. We also want help as we develop even more valuable resources for them.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“I did the isometric course as I was aware that a lot of the sport I do is lower half dominant – cycling and running.
I feel stronger in my upper core, more connected to my lower core, more fluid when I run.”
Becky T., MSc BSc (Hons) RN
Technical Demonstrator – Nursing