Most of us have held onto the sides of a treadmill from time to time, but did you know that short break could actually derail the entire reason you were on the treadmill in the first place? It may not seem like a big deal, but there are a few big reasons that holding on should be a thing of the past.
Here’s the deal. When holding onto the sides…
- You are cheating yourself out of a quality workout. Holding on decreases the amount of weight your legs are carrying, thus giving your legs less of a workout.
- You are cheating your lower back out of doing any work which subsequently weakens your core muscles.
- You are producing an unnatural, inefficient gait.
- You are burning 10-25% fewer calories.
- You cancel out the benefits of using the incline feature.
- You are interfering with signals in your brain that help you navigate uneven surfaces in the real world. What does this really mean? You are downgrading your overall coordination.