Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel said, walking is just as effective in dealing with back pain as well as muscle stretching exercise.
For the study, the researchers enrolled 52 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. The participants were divided into two groups and asked to perform two types of exercise regime.
The first group did strength training program or load, and the rest do the walking program. Prior to this study all participants had not actively exercising regularly.
Participants from both groups practicing two to three times per week. Pedestrian group initially practiced 20 minutes on the treadmill and then increased to 40 minutes. At the end of the study, namely the sixth week, all participants showed significant reduction in back pain.
Exercise routine that they do also improve walking speed and endurance muscles of the abdomen.
According to Nick Shamie, an orthopedic surgeon and spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, although walking is not targeting specific muscles as well as weight training, but the muscles still formed. That is why all the participants get almost the same results.
According Shamie, walking are examples of aerobic exercise are safe but still beneficial for blood circulation and increase endorphins."Walking is good exercise, but often underestimated," She said.