For those who hold onto the treadmill handles for the heart rate--I've noticed that the treadmills at my gym register my heart rate from transmitter on the chest strap I use for my own heart rate monitor watch. This way you can do the workout without holding onto the bars.
The treadmill I use controls my heart rate so I hold on to the area which monitors it. I don't think there's anything wrong with using smaller weights however, eventually, you increase your weight as you go. Good information!
I don't run on the treadmills (yet) but I do hang onto the bars. Many people worry about falling and many people have balance issues so it's a valid concern. Also, A lot of beginners hold onto the bars and it's better for them to feel safe even if it's not the best thing for them to do. Once people get used to the treadmill, they will let go of those bars.
7/31/2013 10:16:20 AM
treadmill I don't hold on to the bars I did start out with 1 and it was slow and then I worked my way up to 2 and now im on 3 and its a little faster but its more like up hill and I find that I sweat more by letting my body with with the treadmill that hold ing on to the bars too get you some headphones like ipod I did and that help a lot 30 mins is gone in no time
Whenever I'm on teh treadmill, I hear Jillian form the Biggest Loser Yelling about holding on. The problem is that I have bad balance and I"m worried about falling over if I don't use the sides for balance sometimes. I never hold on during steep incline training, though. I think that's where it really is cheating!
I started using a treadmill in re-hab after a heart attack and a 4xbypass operation. The first time I held onto a rail, the re-hab specialist almost gave me another heart attack when she hollered and shut the treadmill down.
"If you're too tired to do it right, shut it down and get off!" Then she checked my heart rate and it was significantly higher than it should have been during the first part of my re-hab.
FYI, my first heart attack and bypass was when I was 33; that was 33.5 years ago. I've lived longer after the bypass than before.
Great tips. And I really appreciate the concise presentation. That way I can get out there and be active instead of sitting in here on the computer.
12/14/2012 8:51:11 AM
This video is VERY relevant to people who work out at home. Except for the treadmill, which many people DO have, changing one's routine and using too light of a resistance are very common mistakes for most people. People don't realize how doing the same routine over and over makes one's body acclimate to that workout and it's is no longer effective. And using too light a weight just wastes a person's time. The whole point of lifting is too bring the muscle to fatigue. If you don't there's no gain, so what's the point? I thought this video was very good. Thanks Spark People for sharing.
12/5/2012 6:07:43 PM
Tell me something that is relevant to someone who doesn't use a gym, other than "change it up".
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