Peripheral Arterial Disease Training and Treadmills

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Treadmills have their place, but they are no substitute for the road or the track, when growing collaterals using Peripheral Arterial Disease Training.

I recently published a book on fighting peripheral arterial disease, but I wanted to emphasize several observations that are helping my battle, as I train for a couple of half Ironman races that are coming up.

(1) When doing peripheral arterial disease training in the winter, treadmills are much easier on your hips, calves and feet, which can lead to a false sense of confidence, with respect to running. This results in a shock when you hit the asphalt. Promise!

(2) Hill repeats on the roads, short and easy (1-3% incline), are a quick way to reactivate lazy winter collaterals. But it hurts a lot – Boo Hoo!

(3) You can strengthen your feet, along with practicing spreading your toes to improve blood flow through your feet, while doing kick work in the pool. It really helps.

OK! Back to training,

-kev aka FitOldDog

Peripheral arterial disease training
MRI scans through the thighs of three guys. Grey is muscle, white is fat, clear ring around the central white spot (bone marrow) is the femoral bone. Note the loss of both muscle and bone mass in the sedentary guy.

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.