Posted May 14, 2018 08:56:50 When it comes to exercising, the treadmill is the king.
But when it comes down to it, there’s nothing quite like walking on the ground, according to a study.
Professor of exercise physiology, Dr Rachel Kesselman, from the University of Sydney, said the treadmill was the ultimate way to “feel good” and be physically active.
“You’re sitting on a machine and you’re trying to keep the body from moving and feel good,” she said.
A typical treadmill session lasts anywhere from two minutes to 30 minutes and it is not a sport for the faint of heart.
You have to be able to keep your balance and be able control the motion of your body while walking, Dr Kesselmen said.
The exercise can be very intense but it can also be relaxing and enjoyable.
“It’s a great way to start your day and get your day started off right,” she added.
Dr Kesselmans study also found that people with obesity had a higher risk of experiencing back pain, which is more common in people with chronic pain.
“You can experience back pain if you are walking or cycling,” Dr Kessmans study found.
In contrast, a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found walking for 10 minutes had a protective effect on the rate of injury for people with knee osteoarthritis.
The study also looked at whether walking had any impact on the risk of fractures.
For Dr Kestelman, the most important thing to remember is that exercise does not have to mean pain.
It can be a great distraction, she said, and you can even do it in the privacy of your own home.
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