There was a time, up until around the early seventies when not much thought was giving to low impact exercise. In deed there were very limited options anyway. It was get out there and “pound the pavement”, take your knocks and deal with the aftermath when it came later in life.
The fact is that heavy high impact exercise of any type will lead to injuries to one degree or another if given enough time. So back then, in time, as people aged those who engaged in heavy exercise, including daily jogging eventually found their way into a clinic for joint and connective tissues problems.
Then as more people became aware of the “exercise injury” connection, swimming and water sports began to be promoted as a safe option. Speed walking also began to come into vogue as well. Then something happened that began to allow people more options to exercise the way that they wanted to without the risk of injuries.
The First Low Impact Exercise Machines
This was the development of the first low impact exercise equipment that duplicated natural pavement pounding exercises, only without the pavement pounding. One of the very first of these types of machines and device was the original Bowflex m5 weight machine that uses low impact power-rods to supply the weight resistance.
Also around this time around 35 years ago the treadmill machine began to be marketed as a low impact option to running. Of course treadmills had been around for years and in fact were even used as a “disciplinary/torture” device in prisons during the 1800s. Even so, they had never been marketed to private parties in the way that they began to be.
Now fast forward to the present time and today there is an amazing selection of low impact exercise machines available on the market. One of the most recent to make its public debut is the engineering masterpiece commonly referred to as the treadclimber. Truly a work of mechanical art.
There are several versions of this wonder machine ranging in price from $50 all the way up to $5,000 but they all function off of the same premise. This is the duplication of the body motions and actions of walking up a set of stairs. It truly is amazing how well the better of these machines can do this with zero impact.