As Minnesotans, we have been struggling the past few months with this SLOW transition into warmer weather. Let’s be honest; it doesn’t look like it is going to get warm any time soon. That be said, many avid walkers and runners are well into their spring training. If this applies to you, hopefully your training has been going well and you have been free of aches or pains. For those individuals who have not been as fortunate, there is an alternative walking/running treadmill in the Twin Cities.
The Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill originally was developed for NASA astronauts. It has now been tailored to assist every day athletes to train with minimal weight-bearing pressure on their joints. According to the Alter G website, the machine uses Differential Air Pressure (DAP) to rehab lower extremity injuries, neurological conditions, weight reduction, aerobic conditioning, and general training for combating age-related injuries. Clinical studies have found that unloading by 20-80% can encourage protection/healing of tissues, promote joint/muscle range of motion, prevent muscle atrophy, and encourage return of lost motor control.
If any of the issues listed above apply to you, this could be a great training alternative to give those joints a break. Not injured? Perhaps you would like to switch up your training regimen or see what it feels like to run on the moon.
More information on the clinical case studies supporting Alter G use can be found on their website: http://www.alter-g.com/rehabilitation-treadmill-clinical-research