It’s amazing that so many people think that holding on whilst walking on the treadmill is the correct 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 whilst walking on a steep incline at a fast pace is a waste of time. You would think people would realise that 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. You must surely realise that holding on to 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 back.
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 whilst walking around in life so stop holding on when walking on a treadmill.
By Dean Ash