Safety Tips for the Treadmill
By Donna Stark
If you have spent any amount of time in your local gym, you know that the treadmills are a favorite for many. They are typically the first machines that people gravitate to and they always seem to be unavailable. In fact, some gyms even have wait lists because of their popularity. It's obvious that they are a great way to get an aerobic component into your daily workout and they are, for the most part, a fairly safe way to exercise. But that doesn't mean you should let down your guard while on one because accidents can still happen, especially if you are prone to losing your balance.
Your safety on the treadmill should always come first, whether you are at the gym or in your bedroom, so take a look at the following suggestions on how you can stay safe while burning those extra calories you want to get rid of.
- Check with your doctor - If you have any health risk factors, check with your doctor before starting any type of exercise program on your treadmill. You certainly don't want to make things worse or complicate any pre-existing conditions you may have.
- Understand the machine - It's important to "read the directions" and understand the safety features of the machine. Many come with a safety clip that can be attached to your clothing. If you lose your balance or trip and fall, the clip will fall off and stop the machine immediately.
- Stay focused - Some treadmills come with a TV attached or a panel that can hold a book. Be careful with these, because distractions are a main cause of falls and injury. Make sure you can handle the speed and incline you have set before you start with the entertainment.
- Wear the proper gear - Always wear closed-toe shoes while on the treadmill and avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing that could get caught in the belt. It's also important to stop the machine or to straddle the belt when taking off layers.
- Maintain the correct form - Proper technique and form is critical for reducing the risk of injury, so be mindful of your posture. Keep your shoulders back and your head facing forward. Hold onto the rails if you need to and maintain an even stride.
A Safe and Healthy Workout
Working out on a treadmill can help you lose weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, reduce stress, and lower your risk of serious illness and disease. It's definitely a great way to maintain your overall health and fitness, so long as you do your part to keep it safe!
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