a reply to: infolurker
Well, on the one hand, any gadget, maguffin, doodad, gizmo, or device which gets people out in the fresh air, and wandering around, rather than
vegetating in front of their television gets a thumbs up from me. On the other hand, I would like to see what the effects of long term usage are, on a
healthy, active persons physiology.
You see, tendons and muscles develop in response to the stimuli one puts them through, or put another way, the amount of exertion and tension they
are under, during a given period. For example, I walk. A lot. I have been less active this year, what with one thing and another, but on the whole, I
am a pathfinder, a wayfarer. I love nothing more than pointing myself in a given direction and buggering off in that direction to see what paths
there are to tread. I have covered twenty miles in a day before now, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
As a result, although this year has been a little different, my legs, although not much to look at, are strung with something akin to steel hawser
cable, and are capable of relentless activity without cramping or risk of muscle damage. If I was to wear these things around, I get the feeling that
when I took them off, to go for a regular, old fashioned stroll, I would be at a disadvantage, if I had used them for a prolonged period.
No doubt those who find walking a chore would get some benefit from the design, and I can see postmen and pamphlet droppers loving these things. But
I would have to see some evidence that use of these walking devices would not cause changes in the way I ambulate, before considering trying them out.
I value my ability to get around using my own two feet, far too much to risk any potential muscular or tendon degeneration caused by the percentile
reduction in effort and energy used to get around.