I can’t believe I have to write the phrase, “How to walk on a treadmill,” but it is very clear that people need to read/hear it.
How can so many people not know how to perform the most fundamental movement there is? Go to any big, open gym and watch rows and rows of people not walk properly on the treadmill. It’s amazing that so many people think that holding on while walking on the treadmill is the proper thing to do.
Think how ridiculous it would look if people had to hold on to something wherever they went or whenever they moved about; the mall, the ballgame, walking down the street, playing basketball. Hanging onto the side rails of a treadmill while walking on a steep incline at a fast pace is a waste of time – and it looks ridiculous.
You would think people would realize something was amiss as they struggled to keep pace with the machine – as they hold on for dear life – and maybe slow down or decrease the incline. Or here’s a radical thought: how about members of the gym’s training staff make an effort to point out to clients the errors in their treadmill walking ways?
I know, that’s crazy talk.
If you accept the idea that working out on the treadmill is a viable option to walking and running on terra firma – which I do not – surely you must accept that holding on or altering your gait in any way diminishes the effectiveness of the exercise. So, if you don’t hold on when you walk on a treadmill you will give yourself the best chance to get the most out of your treadmill experience.
When people hold on they are either walking at a pace that’s too fast or on an incline that’s too steep, which leads to other form problems like leaning leaning back. You defeat the purpose of the exercise when you hold on.
Setting the speed and incline higher doesn’t provide any magical benefits if you have to hold on to keep up. And if you’re too lazy to walk fast enough to keep up without holding on either get the lead out and pick up the pace or slow it down and walk at a speed that you can handle.
The treadmill is just a machine and cannot do the exercise for you; it can’t deliver benefits without you making an effort. You don’t hold on while walking around in life so stop holding on when walking on a treadmill.