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!