Treadmills are one of the most popular pieces of equipment in the fitness regime. Treadmills are known to tone multiple body areas with the right exercise regime. It is of great benefit to regularly use a treadmill. Also, just like any other equipment, treadmills also need safe use guidelines to minimize a risk of accidental injury. Let us look at 5 tips for safe use of treadmill.
· First thing to remember is to look forward while exercising on the treadmill. It is seen that commonly the beginners like to look at their feet while walking or running on the treadmill. If an exerciser is looking to the sides or down, they have high chances of losing their balance and falling down. The concept is that feet follow the eye, so one is looking sideways the feet may move to one side and the exerciser may trip over the moving belt. Moreover, initially people may feel a little dizzy while walking off the treadmill. To prevent this disorientation from developing into a fall, it is best to hold on to something while stepping down.
· Reduce reliance on the handrails as it causes strain on the shoulders and the elbows. Extended usage of handrails can make the person lose their balance, so remember to move your arms freely when exercising on a treadmill.
· Start at a low pace and then move on to faster pace or sprint while exercising on the treadmill. Also there might be cases when the machine malfunctions and start at a faster speed. To prevent a fall in such a situation, the runner should straddle the deck when he is beginning the workout.
· If you want to exercise on an incline, do not increase the speed and the incline at the same time. It is advisable to adjust to the steep incline first and then move on to increasing the running speed of the moving belt.
· Never go barefoot on the treadmill. The moving contact between the feet and the belt creates a friction and also heat on the belt. Using treadmill barefoot can lead to blisters, scrapes and burns.
To make the most of your treadmill workout adhere to these tips and avoid any mishap.