By Andrew Liszewski
This new low-impact exercise machine from Panasonic called the Raku Raku Walk (or Easy Walk) is designed for older people who would otherwise have trouble using a standard stair climbing or step machine. Basically it recreates the motions of walking and climbing stairs while allowing you to sit and hold onto a set of handlebars so it strengthens your legs but doesn’t put as much strain on your knees.
While the machine is probably effective I would think that just going out and taking a short walk would be just as beneficial if not more since you would end up exercising more muscles in the process. But then again I’m not exactly a senior citizen yet and maybe this is actually a great idea.
The Raku Raku Walk should be available in Japan sometime in September but pricing info has not been released.