May 27, 1996 |
British-based physiologist Adar Pelah would never have thought of his latest experiment if he had not felt the need to get more exercise and picked up a treadmill at Sears during a recent trip to the United States. "I observed this funny sensation after getting off of it," says Pelah, who works at Cambridge University in England. It was an effect familiar to thousands of experienced treadmill runners - walking on the ground felt much faster than it really was. The feeling is like walking on one of the horizontal escalators found at airports.
August 3, 2008 |
Suddenly, India seemed to glide by instead of assaulting our senses. It is a country that invades the imagination beyond anything you conjure watching those Discovery Channel moments showing people hanging onto the sides of buses, cows walking the streets, fabled temples carved into the sides of mountains. What we learned was how to relax on vacation. I believe the lesson can be applied to every intense vacation any of us will ever take. So many times we had roared through countries - Turkey, Thailand, China, South Africa, even benign Costa Rica - and had come home, flopped on the bed, and waited for jet lag to pass.
February 8, 2015 |
Winter continues to drag on through our region, bringing snow and ice and ice again, making outdoor running unpleasant if not dangerous. That means, for some runs, the treadmill is a better option. To me, the treadmill - which I call the dreadmill - is boring. But if my only options are a treadmill run or no run at all, I'll pick the treadmill every time. Here's how to get through those stationary runs - without annoying your fellow runners. Distractions When I retreat to the treadmill, I try to get on the machine in front of the TV that's showing The Price Is Right, which is a lot more entertaining than cable news shows.
December 16, 2013 |
Whenever I get on a treadmill, I feel as if I'm not running quite right - as if I'm running slower, and that my running motion isn't the same as when I'm out on the road. This isn't just a gut feeling brought on by my aversion to running inside without going anywhere. Your stride really does change on a treadmill. In a recent study published in Sports Biomechanics, British researchers had 12 people who ran at least three times a week run on both a treadmill and outside. They used an eight-camera motion-analysis system to record movement of the hips, knees, and ankle joints of those runners.
March 30, 1988 |
If you haven't had a heart-to-heart lately with that set of auricles and ventricles inside your left side, it may be time for a stress test. The stress test, otherwise known as an exercise cardiogram, is the safest and most painless procedure for determining whether your heart is pumping properly. You merely have your chest hooked up to a sophisticated electrocardiogram machine (by means of electrode patches in 12 strategic places) and walk on a treadmill that speeds up and goes on a greater incline at regular intervals.
January 23, 2013 |
THE 76ERS paid more than $16 million (and dealt a lot of players) to have Andrew Bynum on their team this season. We know that hasn't turned out very well, as he's been sidelined with knee injuries, basically since being acquired in August. To try to quicken his return, the organization invested in a state-of-the-art, anti-gravity treadmill that will alleviate up to 80 percent of the person's body weight. The estimated cost of that piece of equipment has been guessed to be close to $60,000.
September 26, 2013
IT MAY look all innocent sitting down there in your basement, but your treadmill may be deceiving you. The fact is, you can't always believe the "calories burned" totals that appear on workout equipment. Each manufacturer uses its own algorithm to calculate duration and intensity, so calorie estimates are just that. Depending on the equipment and the manufacturer, the numbers can be off by 20 to 30 percent, according to some reports. Besides that, the number of calories you burn during your workout depends on variables like your sex, age, weight, body-fat percentage and metabolic rate.
May 29, 2016 |
Of all the workouts Don Powers endured in a 20-plus-year career focused on exercise, the one he hated most was when members of the gym he ran in King of Prussia would press him hard about a broken piece of equipment. "I couldn't stand being the owner/manager and a customer coming up to me and saying, 'Don, when is that treadmill going to be fixed?' and me trying to get a service manager on the phone. " Finding someone to evaluate a malfunctioning treadmill or elliptical machine and fix it quickly often was as sweat-inducing and tortuous as a 10-mile run uphill.
June 17, 2012 |
The ElliptiGo is a portable road bike you don't pedal the usual way. A hybrid between a bicycle and an elliptical trainer, the ElliptiGo is powered by long flat pedals you push your feet up and down on while standing (there's no seat). That action is easier on the joints than regular bike pedaling, and takes advantage of gravity, while providing a good cardio workout on the road. Available in three models, ranging from 3- to 11-gear systems, the bikes have adjustable and removable steering columns and removable front wheels for storage and transport.
July 11, 2013
Q: I'm new to the treadmill and want to get the most out of it. Should I keep it flat at one steady pace or go all uphill? - Mr. Treadmill A: That's a good question. As a person of moderation, I think that somewhere in the middle is usually best. Since you're new to the treadmill, you might want to try walking 5 minutes flat at your comfortable rate, followed by 2 minutes at an incline that is challenging for you. Then alternate back and forth. As you become more and more fit, you can up the challenge.