A Lagos State– based businessman, Sir Goodluck Etom Obi, has advocated the use of treadmills as a safe alternative for keeping fit without running risks associated with outdoor walking.
Obi, who recently donated a fitness/physiotherapy equipment valued about
N5 million to the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, says that treadmills are an excellent choice for a variety of medical conditions.
His words: “Treadmill is a device generally used for walking or running while staying at a particular place. It is one of the popular types of exercise equipment that provide a straight forward, efficient aerobic workout.”
According to him, treadmill is a very good choice to begin an exercise or routine because walking is well tolerated by most individuals regardless of fitness level.
It is also good for most back conditions.
“Treadmills are functional, easy to use and when used correctly, provide an ideal way to burn calories, manage weight and strengthen/enhance your cardiovascular system,” he adds.
On its advantages, he says, “in a business metropolis, treadmills are safer than running on the busy roads in view of the risk of hit – and – run vehicles, security, etc. Indeed, many Nigerians have been killed in such tragic circumstances.”
The fitness expert added: “The US Department of Health and Human Service recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensive exercise per week.”
Treadmill walking accomplishes a similar workout to outdoor walking with some added physical and practical benefits, according to him.
Walking regularly on a treadmill helps you maintain a health musculo-skeletal system which includes your muscles, bones, ligament and joints,” he adds.
He says further: “Moderate intensity exercise, such as walking on a treadmill instead of pavement has the added benefits of reducing the impact on your ankle, knee and hip joints. The shock-absorbing capacity of a treadmill allows you to walk with less stress on your joint than typically occurs with outdoor walking.
“Treadmill walking can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strengthening your heart and potentially reducing your blood pressure. Regular walking with treadmill reduces your cholesterol level, lowering your risk for a heart attack and stroke.”
The fitness expert adds: “Walking on a treadmill aids in weight management by burning excess calories and keeping your metabolic rate up. Also walking on a treadmill instead of outdoors avoids some of the drawbacks that may keep you from exercising regularly with a home treadmill, you can enjoy the freedom of exercising anytime you wish.
“Treadmills give a great cardiovascular workout and help improve heart health. Each time you step on a treadmill, you strengthen your heart and as your heart grows stronger, you lower your blood pressure, plus the act of running or walking helps to get the blood flowing, which reduces the stress on your heart. Treadmills also offer the option of careful monitoring of the heart rate and blood pressure for patients that are in poor health or have heart problems.
“Finally, using a treadmill for up to 30 minutes in a day for five days in a week can cause you to lose weight by burning calories. The more calories burning in your session on the treadmill, the greater chance you have of losing weight. The amount of calories burning varies widely depending on your gender, age and weight.”
Sir Obi is a native of Nnewi, in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State.
After his academic years, he went into business in the year 1984, and has since developed a good business acumen which enabled him to master an array of enterprises. He also has a remarkable exposure to commerce and is courted for guidance by various entrepreneurs. But he made his name when he started promoting fitness as a proactive means of a healthy life style.
He later set up Gategold (Nig.) Ltd, a fitness equipment company based in Lagos.
Sir Obi strongly believes that the secret of wellbeing should be brought to the doorstep of all Nigerians, rich or poor and on the long run, a healthier populace will emerge.
His company presently represents/acts as distributors of fitness and health products manufactured by some of the most reputable industries around the world today.