Oh my, so I just left the gym. One of the biggest mistakes I see is people holding on or leaning over the treadmill. It drives me crazy. We need a 12 step program on helping people to let go. Insert song here if you like.
Now some people have balance issues and if that is you, I completely understand. Don’t get to excited though, you are not completely off the hook. The bars are to steady you, not to lean your body on while walking, jogging, or running.
Here is why you don’t want to lean on the treadmill or hold on. By doing this you are preventing yourself from supporting your upper body and core, so you are not working as hard. If you want to get the most out of your workout you need to let go of the bars and stop leaning.
You have a balance problem. Rest your hands on the bar in front of you or on the side bars, whichever is the most comfortable and feels the most safe for you. Do not place your weight on the bars. You want to feel like you can grab the bars or place your weight on the bar if needed, but the intent should be to walk with your own balance as much as possible. This will challenge your balance and help you strengthen your core.
You walk on an incline and hold on to the bar so you don’t fall off. You look more like a rock climber hanging from the side of a mountain. Newsflash stop holding on! Once again you need to challenge yourself. If you are walking on an incline where you feel like you are going to fall off, decrease the incline so you feel comfortable walking without holding on. At this point you can begin increasing the incline in small increments so that you can build up to walking on the higher incline without holding on to the bar. This will maximize your workout.
Jogging or running while holding on. This is just dangerous! It is not recommended to hold on to the bars while walking at more than 4.0. If you are doing this, Stop! Start back at a pace where you are comfortable without holding on. Then increase your speed in small increments so you can safely jog or run without holding on to the bars.
So challenge yourself to let go of the treadmill. If this caught your eye, you might be one of those people who just can’t let go. You will see more progress from your workouts. Your body will thank you. Let it go, let it go, don’t hold on to the treadmill anymore…..