Friday, March 22, 2013

Walking good for lower back pain

A six-week program of moderate aerobic (accelerated breathing) walking is as effective for people with lower back pain as six weeks of muscle strengthening exercise.

This according to a study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

They took 52 overweight Israeli patients in their late 40s. Eight percent were women and about a third smoked. Half walked on a treadmill and half did strengthening (control group).

Both groups exercised twice a week for six weeks  in 40 minute sessions (not a lot).

Both groups improved. Speed and endurance increased for both. Pain and disability were reduced.

But--when asked to walk as far as they could in six minutes, the walking group covered 60% more ground.

This study struck me as sort of loose, but walking does help ya!

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