Influence of vibram fivefinger during fast walking at selected inclines.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Running is the most visible expression of the continued interest in regular physical activities, and has been regarded as the optimal exercise for maintenance of fitness levels requiring minimal equipment. However Walking appears to be the most acceptable, accessible exercise activity, especially among population subgroups, with a low prevalence of leisure time physical activity. Recent studies have linked regular physical activity, even low and moderate intensity exercise such as walking, when carried out consistently, being associated with important physiological and psychological health benefits. The influence of Víbram Fivefingers are known for running, but for walking is unknown and this study attempts to fill this gap which may be applied to a wider population, therefore promoting health benefits through walking. Objective: This review aims to establish if there is a change in energy consumption during walking at a fast speed on 3 set inclines wearing Vibram Fivefingers. A footwear comfort scale questionnaire t would provide perceived comfort of the footwear. Method: Six females and four males (age range 18 - 30 years) volunteered for the study. The participant's were required to walk on a treadmíll for 10 minutes at a speed of 4.2km/hour at a 0% incline, 3% incline & 60% incline using Vibram Fivefingers. Heart rate beats per minute (HR bpm), oxygen consumed in litres per kilogram (VO2/kg), respiration exchange ratio (RER) and physiological cost index (PCl) were measured for each condition. A footwear comfort scale was completed after wearing Vibram Fivefingers. Results: This study has shown that energy efficiency does not change when walking at an incline wearing Vibram FiveFingers. The Footwear comfort scale identified the lowest perceived comfort was for medio-lateral control, arch height and forefoot cushioning, Conclusions: This study has shown that energy efficiency does not change when walking at an incline wearing Vibram FiveFingers. Future research is required to analyse kinematic and kinetic data of Vibram FiveFingers in a natural environment with a naturalistic gait pattern.
BSc (Hons) Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition
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