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Hi... Welcome to the Treadmill Ect. Team. It's better to walk like if your walking out side. Best wishes to you. We can do this always have that in mind.
I believe no matter what our age can be if we have a goal we can reach it.. All of use in the same path makes us stronger..
It's always better not to hold the hand rails. If that seems too hars starting out, you can always hold on with one hand and work up to "no hands".
Welcome. It is better not to hang on. You work harder when you move your arms. On the ellpitcal the same thing. It also improves your balance.
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I hold onto the handrails much of the time, however I have been working very hard to UNDO this habit and I find that my workout is more demanding, with heart rate going up higher, more sweating when I DON'T hold on, as opposed to when I do...even though I don't change the speed or incline.
It also helps me to improve my balance.
Slow down if you need to let go and be steady and build your speed up over time.
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I hold the handrails..I know many who are successful who do not hold on, but many are successful who do hang on. If you are just beginning to work out, you may need to at first, and then, you may be able to walk without holding on. Best of luck to you!
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2008 Miles 1, 772.75
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2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
I don't think you get a good a workout if you hold the side rails
You'll definitely burn more calories if you swing your arms (just watch you don't hit your hands on the bars - it hurts !)
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Hi, I am new to this group and am walking the treadmill for about 2 miles a day and I wanted to ask other treadmill walkers if you hold on to the side rails when walking or is it better to swing your arms like you were walking outside. I am also thinking about using the elliptical machine also.
I also ride a stationary bike about 30 miles a week.
I am interested in this group and hope to get to know some of you and thank you for letting me join.
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