Higher Step Count = Lower Risk of Death?

The higher your daily step count, the lower your risk of death per year, according to a new analysis – but the link only goes so far. We have long been encouraged to walk as a way of improving health, but many studies on its benefits have focused on people in their early 60s and… Read More

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Running vs. Walking; Which is Better for You?

In several large-scale studies that follow people for many years, they show that running has a dose-related effect. More running is better, though with diminishing returns. However, the good news for couch potatoes is that the largest gains come by going from nothing to something – with the biggest health benefits being observed with just… Read More

Reviewing the Exoskeleton Expansion for Improving Walking & Running Economy

Research Paper Title The exoskeleton expansion: improving walking and running economy. Background Since the early 2000s, researchers have been trying to develop lower-limb exoskeletons that augment human mobility by reducing the metabolic cost of walking and running versus without a device. In 2013, researchers finally broke this ‘metabolic cost barrier’. The analysed the literature through… Read More

Signal Interpolation & Analysis of Gait Variability

Research Paper Title Gait variability analysis through phase portrait estimated from the Hilbert transform. Abstract Gait variability has been used to evaluate the ability to control gait. Several studies approached this topic by analysing the influence of different conditions on gait variability, such as different walk speeds, inclined surfaces, load carriage, or comparing characteristics of… Read More

Interval Walking Can Lower the Risk of Lifestyle-Related Diseases

According to research, interval walking can lower the risk of lifestyle-related diseases in middle-aged and elderly people. Led by researchers at Japan’s Shinshu University, the study found that participants who followed an interval walking training plan – walking at 70% of their maximum capacity for 3 minutes, then at 40% for the next three, continuing… Read More

Does Altering Compliance of a Load Carriage Device in the Medial-Lateral Direction Reduce Peak Forces While Walking?

Research Paper Title Altering Compliance of a Load Carriage Device in the Medial-Lateral Direction Reduces Peak Forces While Walking. Background Altering mechanical compliance in load carriage structures has shown to reduce metabolic cost and accelerative forces of carrying weight. Currently, modifications to load carriage structures have been primarily targeted at vertical motion of the carried… Read More

What are the Changes in Postural Sway& Gait Characteristics as a Consequence of Anterior Load Carriage?

Research Paper Title Changes in postural sway and gait characteristics as a consequence of anterior load carriage. Background Anterior load carriage represents a common daily and occupational activity. Carrying loads in front of the body could potentially increase instability during standing and walking. This study examined the effects of anterior load carriage on postural sway… Read More