It has been revealed in a recent survey that the piece of equipment that causes the most accidents in the gym is the treadmill. Using the treadmill generally makes up 35% of a workout, as goals of running longer distances are the most common.
We go to the gym to lose weight and stay healthy, definitely not to end up with strained muscles. So how do we avoid getting injured on the treadmill?
Essential treadmill safety: Being vigilant about safety on the treadmill is essential. There are on average 3 deaths a year from using treadmills. The tragedy of Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey in 2015 highlighted this fact to the public. If the belt is going too fast it can lead to balance loss and dizziness. Make sure that you gauge how fast the treadmill is going before you step on to
it, and only build up the speed gradually. It is recommended that you start a treadmill before you get on it, to avoid being jerked forwards. If you are using the gym, make sure that you take part in an induction to show you how to use the machines safely.
Building up muscle: Building muscle using fitness equipment isn’t just for bodybuilders. It is a very important and underestimated part of increasing fitness. If you build muscle mass, your body becomes far more efficient in burning off calories. In fact, it is estimated that you can burn 50 extra calories a day for every 1lb of muscle that is gained.
The muscles provide essential support for joints, tendons, and ligaments. This means that you will get stronger, and are less likely to suffer from injury or falls. When you are using the treadmill regularly, this is extremely important, as running has a significant strain on the hips, knees, and ankles.
Warming up is important: Warming up and stretching before you get onto a treadmill is essential. Getting your body prepared for exercise means that you are less likely to cause muscle strain or sustain injury. Stretching improves circulation and increases the blood flow to your muscles. It will make you more flexible and improve your performance.
It will help you to maintain the full range of motion that you need when running or walking on the treadmill. Being vigilant when using the treadmill is essential, as the majority of these types of injuries can be avoided.
The gym is where we go to improve our fitness and health – let’s keep it that way.