Do what you have to do to be safe, you are still exercising, can do it that way for the rest of your life, you are not training for the Olympics, so do it and be comfortable, it ain't gonna make that much difference to we average people!!! At least you are on there every day!!!
Sometimes I have balance issues on a treadmill, I don't have that problem walking or running outside, but on the treadmill I will sometimes misstep and have my foot fall on the side rather than the belt. I can use it without hanging on, but I still tend to keep my hands "hovering" over the handrails incase I have trouble.
I agree with these tips but I know I personally do not feel comfort unless I'm holding onto the treadmill because of balance issues, but I'm working on it. I actually prefer every other machine to the treadmill anyway.... probably because of that balance issue.
Great tips! Regarding the treadmill, I too see so many people holding on to the handles. My first personal trainer always shared a few thoughts about that: 1.) holding on actually causes you to burn less calories, 2.) if holding on that means you need to strengthen your core, 3.) you're at too high of on an incline or going too fast. So, by holding on you're really cheating yourself. The treadmill has two basic adjustments: speed and incline. Solution: Find the right combination that lets you accomplish time on the treadmill without holding on to the handles and adjust accordingly. Like anything else, overtime you will be able to climb that hill without holding on to anything,
8/29/2014 11:10:27 AM
I am a certified personal trainer and love these three tips. I constantly see people hanging onto the treadmill handles. Worst case is when people have the incline cranked up and are hanging on AND leaning back. It frustrates me to see this to no end! Think about it, are you able to walk up on a hill on a trail or just in a street?? Yes! You don't see people leaning back hanging on walking uphill outside. So PLEASE Please , just let go of the handle bars and especially never lean on them!!! You can walk into the gym without handing and leaning bent over so then there is no reason why you should not be able to walk on the treadmill without hanging on. Think about it for a moment! If you feel hesitant like you will lose your balance I suggest then starting out super slow and keep walking at that pace. Incerease incline and or speed once you feel ready. But don't do it the other way around, as in walk hanging on workout after workout; because you are actually training yourself to have less balance, not engaging your stabilizing muscles.. Let go everyone, YOU CAN DO IT!!
I don't use a treadmill, but I use the ARC styler. I hold the sides for balance, but I don't LEAN on it. I think what they really mean is that you're cheating yourself on the treadmill if you're placing your body weight on your arms, rather than your legs.
Also, @MOM2JTD3, when the best workout you can do at home is (in my case) what I innovated myself... classical pilates-based with a little bit of yoga thrown in ... or several Eastern style dance routines ... and they work, anyway ... although I started to use a Zenga Power & Strength dvd in very heavy rotation to switch off with ... the most I will let myself worry about is the IKEA effect (the fact that I "made it myself", which is a built-in bias) ... so my problems are more philosophical than anything else ... and, imho, not a big deal ...
I'm guilty too. I'm only walking 1.7 mph but i still have to hang on. I grip the bar rather loosely but unless I want to go back in for another hip replacement that is what i need to do. So i guess what i'm saying is I AM guilty but I don't FEEL guilty and if you need to hang on to be safe then you shouldn't feel guilty either.
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