Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:07 pm
Sir Goodluck Etom Obi (KSC) is a Lagos – based a businessman and the CEO of Gategold (Nig) Ltd, a fitness equipment company based in Lagos. Obi strongly believes that the secret of wellbeing should be brought to the doorstep of all Nigerians, rich or poor and on the long run, a healthier populace will emerge.
Obi likes to walk his talk, Recently, he donated fitness/physiotherapy equipment, M300, valued about N 5.million naira to the national orthopedic Hospital, I Gbobi, Lagos, to enhance service delivery to poor clients. This is one of the many philanthropic gestures he often does as his company’s corporate social responsibility.
What dominates Sir Obi’s thoughts is fitness, and his conversations are punctuated by physical wellness through routine exercise. This earned him the sobriquet, “Fitness Master,” although his expertise on the subject cannot be disputed.
One strong recommendation he makes for keeping fit is the use of the treadmill. For the uninitiated, Obi explains treadmills and their benefits, from a manual on the subject: “Treadmill is a device generally used for walking or running while staying at a particular place. It is one of the popular types of exercise equipment that provide a straight forward, efficient aerobic workout.
Treadmill is a very good choice to begin an exercise or routine because walking is well tolerated by most individuals regardless of fitness level and is good for most back conditions. Treadmills are functional, easy to use and when used correctly, provide an ideal way to burn calories, manage weight and strengthen/enhance your cardiovascular system.
He says, in a business metropolis, treadmills are safer than running on the busy roads in view of the risk of hit – and – run vehicles. Indeed, many Nigerians have been killed in such tragic circumstances. Obi said, he himself uses the treadmills for at least 150 minutes per week.
Treadmill walking accomplishes a similar workout to outdoor walking with some added physical and practical benefits: walking regularly on a treadmill regularly helps you maintain a health musculoskeletal system which includes your muscles, bones, ligament and joints.
Obi said “Moderate intensity exercise, such as walking on a treadmill instead of pavement has the added benefits of reducing the impact on your ankle, knee and hip joint. The shock-absorbing capacity allows you to walk with less stress on your joint than typically occurs with outdoor walking. Treadmill walking can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strengthening your heart and potentially reducing your blood pressure. Regular walking with treadmill reduces your cholesterol level, lowering your risk for a heart attack and stroke.
“Walking on a treadmill aids in weight management by burning excess calories and keeping your metabolic rate up. Also walking on a treadmill instead of outdoors avoids some of the drawbacks that may keep you from exercising regularly with a home treadmill, you can enjoy the freedom of exercising anytime you wish.