Treadmills are used for far more than we expect as we reveal in our list of 8 unusual places you will find a treadmill:
1. Outer Space
TVIS is a Treadmill with Vibration Isolation Stabilisation System. Designed so that Astronauts can keep fit whilst in Space without vibrating experiments being conducted in nearby rooms.
2. The Military
The U.S. Army are doing research using omnidirectional treadmills which allows the user to move in any direction. This technology can be combined with several large screens to create a virtual environment.
3. Horse Stables
For health and training reasons, horses (particularly race horses) are placed on specially designed large treadmills.
Used in films that have computer generated environments allowing the characters to move in the virtual scene.
Some hospitals are using special Anti-Gravity Treadmills that use air pressure to change a person's weight by up to 80% whilst running.
6. Skiing And Snowboarding
A special treadmill called an endless slope is used to help skiers and snowboarders practice their technique without the need for snow and freezing temperatures.
7. In The Office
Designed to keep you active at work this treadmill is attached under your desk so you can exercise whilst on the computer.
8. Victorian Prisons
Primarily used as a form of punishment in the British prison system. Prisoners would walk for hours on a high incline to power water pumps and mine ventilators.
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