Yesterday (January 7, 2013), the structural engineers behind the Adult Exercise Efficiency project, released the first Adult Exercise Efficiency Scores, and accompanying animations, for several popular cardio exercise machines, including the traditional treadmill.
Adult Exercise Efficiency Scores are calculated by tracing how much External Motion Resistance Energy, that any muscle building exercise or workout machine provides, which only opposes (fights) adult muscle contractions.
This simple, universally consistent method of measuring exercise effectiveness, made no sense until after they took children out of the equation. This is because their softer, rapidly growing joints and discs develop extra strength from deep compression exercises much like their muscles.
They often demonstrate how the same joint and disc smashing exercises that build growing joints and discs, would instead wear down their parent's harder versions, so the real cause of muscle building exercise efficiency, is totally different for skeletons that are still growing up.
The simple philosophy behind an Adult Exercise Efficiency Score is that adult joints and discs, no longer benefit from deep compression exercise, as children do. The point of the project is to expose how anyone can measure how efficient any adult exercise is, or could be, at stressing adult muscles, compared to stressing their joints and spinal discs.
The more resistance force that adults can divert to their muscles from their joints and discs, the greater number of adults, seniors and mobility hindered people, will be able to greatly benefit from the exercises and muscle building workout machines.
The first Adult Exercise Efficiency Score for the traditional treadmill, measured only as an adult cardio exercise device, is a pathetic range of 3-8, out of a possible 100, for muscle strength building effectiveness.
Here is the traditional treadmill report they filed with examiner.com, today:
"The traditional treadmill has a long list of correctable problems for the average adult, which are not problems for the average child. The largest problem is a terrible score for CARDIO exercise efficiency, as the illustration exposes, only 3-8% of the External Motion Resistance Energy the traditional treadmill provides is used up opposing (fighting) muscle contractions in muscles, as almost all of it fights falling body weight inside leg joints and spinal discs."
"Remarkably these effectiveness problems traditional treadmill have for adults and seniors, appear to have many opposite effects for healthy growing children, because their still developing joints and spinal discs rapidly grow stronger to better deal with prevalent stress, which slows to a craw after their bones harden into adulthood."
"Force Mapping finds the traditional treadmill, and running in general, extremely beneficial for developing still growing skeletons, so much so that most children should be greatly encouraged, even bribed to use treadmills for tri-weekly cardio exercise, which is almost the exact opposite of what we find for the average adult, however you may be surprised to hear the rest of this story."
"To add to this health and fitness confusion about running exercises, all adults who can run well, actually do need weekly running exercise. However not as a cardio workout, but as a mobility conditioning exercise to keep their walking and running ability strong and ready, deep into old age."
"The difference is that the average adult needs to run between 50-100 yards, about once a week. Adults need just enough running exercise that allows joints and discs to completely heal in one week."
"These distance of these short runs, which should take far less than one minute a week, will vary based on weight and height, and mobility issues. But generally speaking, running adults only 50-100 yards a week is much closer to the correct amount they need. Training them to assume they need to run 5-10 miles a week is hundreds to thousands of times too much joint and disc abuse, and it has already prematurely hindered the mobility of countless millions of adults who overran their skeletons."
Because the contributor of these articles is also involved with this research, over the next year expect examiner.com to report on the measurable effectiveness of eventually hundreds of popular exercise methods and workout machines.