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¥2,200,000 (Direct Cost : ¥2,200,000)
Fiscal Year 1996 : ¥500,000 (Direct Cost : ¥500,000)
Fiscal Year 1995 : ¥1,700,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,700,000)
Recently Exercise Walking has been increasingly popular in our country as well as in United States. We examined Exercise Walking electromyographically.
In Exercise Walking, more load was exerted than in everyday walking, and similar levels of muscle activities were observed as in longer-stride fast walking and stair climbing. During the push-off period of Exercise Walking, the Rectus femoris, knee joint extensor, acted strongly. In Exercise Walking, however, the hamstrings did not act unlike jogging.
We attempted to find a movement which shows similar EMG patterns to those of jogging, and we found the walking in ballet was the case. We applied some characteristics of ballet walking to everyday walking : walking with the backraised, with the feet landed on the imaginary center line and the toes pointed slightly to the outside, and with the feet kicked backward to shifted the center of gravity forward quickly. As a result, during the push-off period, the hamstrings, hip joint extensor, acted and showed similar EMG patterns to those of jogging. This new type of walking showed similar muscle activities to jogging and made a proper posture possible. We call this New Exercise Walking. We conclude that it is more effective to combine Exercise Walking with New Exercise Walking according to purpose and place.