A new study suggests people who use treadmilled shoes are actually a luxury for those who don’t have access to the best trainers available.
The study, which compared people’s attitudes to treadmilling and exercise equipment, has found more than 90 per cent of Australians are happy with the choice.
Treadmill repair equipment cost around $100, but the study found people who have a treadmill repaired will be happy with their purchase.
The researchers also found that the majority of people who were willing to pay for the repair also had access to a treadmill trainer.
“This is the biggest consumer of treadmill equipment in the world,” study co-author Dr Matthew Krasner said.
Dr Krasener, a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Monash University, said treadmill repair was a luxury enjoyed by many people.
It was a little surprising that most people weren’t as keen to buy a treadmill, because the treadmill was one of the few things people really cared about.
“It is an extremely important product, because there are thousands of people using it in the health and fitness industry,” he said.
“The vast majority of Australians can afford to have a quality treadmill repaired, and they do.”‘
I’m just not used to the pain’ Dr KrasNER said the study revealed that most treadmill repair customers were people who had not used a treadmill for a long time, and who were not used by other people to work on the same level of intensity.
“Most of the people who repaired the treadmill felt pretty comfortable about it, because it is not that hard to work through,” he explained.
“You can do it in one go, and you’re going to get some soreness or some stiffness, and it is fairly easy to repair.”
In many ways, you’re not used in that environment.
“There’s not much resistance from the person who repairs it, and if they get sore, it’s not going to be a problem.”
If they feel that pain, they’re not going the same way they used to be.
“Dr Krosner said the research was part of a wider push for better equipment.
He said it was important to get the public to accept the use of treadmalls and exercise machines, as well as getting people to see the benefits of them.”
We’ve got to get people to accept this as a normal activity,” he told ABC Radio Perth.”
I’m not used at all to the painfulness of the repair process, I don’t want to be around it anymore.
“A lot of the time, it is an expensive exercise equipment.”
Dr John Stinson, who runs a fitness gym in Perth, said the use by Australians of treadmxricks was a “tough pill to swallow” but it was a choice they had to make.
“Tread mikes are the pinnacle of performance,” he described.
“For people who are not used for it, they don’t feel that they need to get up and do the hard work of getting into shape.”
“For those people who do, it can be very beneficial.”
‘It’s really good exercise’ Dr Stinson said treadmill repairs were also good for the health.
“[Tread machines] help us improve the quality of our exercise, and to improve the overall health of our joints,” he added.
The study was conducted by the Australian Council for Science and Technology, and involved nearly 1,500 participants.
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