I would LOVE to see this video about the 3 ways I am cheating myself at the gym if the stupid advertisement would play and get out of the way. I have been setting here 3 minutes seeing nothing but the advertisement which is not doing anything and there is no way I can remove it except to delete everything, forget about how I'm cheating and move on to something else!!!!!!!! I know the advertising is necessary but it seems there is now more advertisements than SparksPeople information on here.....
9/25/2014 5:25:16 PM
I am trying my bones are weak. I will continue, thanks
9/25/2014 12:21:23 PM
I believe this is exactly why I was not seen results. I stop going to the gym as I felt that I was not getting results I was burning up to 1000 calories in a 30 minute cardio workout on the Stair master machine. Compare to now that I'm actually working out at home doing cardio videos and completely engaging my body. I now feel like I'm getting more of a work out than before although its a lot less calories that I'm burning.
I honeslty don't care if you think I'm "cheating". I'm not going to fall over, having issues with balance, just to make you happy. And I do know about changing up -- I do intervals anyway, so I'm constantly changing up.
Sometimes I get really tired of trainers who don't take everything into account.
The amount of calories of not holding onto the treadmill is not that much less, unless a person is running with weights. I don't think anyone is "cheating" themselves for holding on. I hold on because I have an arrhythmia problem with my heart when I exercise and get dizzy. And while the same exercises might get boring, one is still burning calories. While I appreciate the advice, I think I will stick with qualified experts..the ones with an MD and the physical therapists. Modifications to exercise exist for a reason. I am going to stop watching videos by this lady, as they seem to only target already fit individuals, and not for someone like me with health issues, but again, appreciate the advice and the time you have taken provide what works for you.
9/9/2014 2:56:52 PM
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.
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