When you approach the overall treadmill experience, all the way from making your purchase to actually performing your workout program you have to remember that you have to consider more than just your health but your safety as well. Make no assumptions when it comes to your health. Because the number of people exercising is increasing so is the number of exercise related injuries. You must make sure that your treadmill will not be the cause of an injury to you or someone in your family. By simply ensuring that your treadmill has some necessary features, you can reap the benefits of both health and safety.
The first rule in safety is to make sure that you are comfortable as if you are not then you are much more likely to put yourself in the path of an injury. Each treadmill will have a padded walking surface so you should always make sure that yours is well padded and could withstand the bulk of any impact. If your workout hurts you then it is not going to be a pleasant experience and then you will likely retire the treadmill early. Remember your knees, your joints, and your feet as they are going to need to be in tip top shape for every workout.
No one, especially beginners, wants to attempt the “no hands” method when working on a treadmill so for this reason you must have good sturdy handrails. These handrails will be the key feature that will help you maintain balance; they can actually help you avoid a fall. This doesn’t mean that you have to hold the rails consistently during your workout but you have them there if you need them.
A very important safety feature is the safety switch. On treadmills there is an on and off button but there is also a key that plugs in, usually right in front of where you will be standing. This thing doesn’t really look like a key but that is what they all it and it is on a string. You click it in place when you begin your workout but in the event of an emergency you can just pull that key out, which is very simple to do, and the treadmill will quickly slow down and then stop.
The treadmill looks pretty easy to use but you need to know how to use this machine properly to avoid any injury. Seniors or anyone that has any health conditions should ask their doctor before beginning an exercise regimen on the treadmill. From a medical perspective, treadmills are usually highly recommended especially for those over 40 because of the great benefit that the workout provides the body’s metabolism.
Treadmills are designed to give you years of healthy workout pleasure. Using them regularly for your daily workouts will keep you fit and trim. Don’t put yourself in jeopardy by not knowing the basics, or using faulty equipment. Treadmill safety should always come first before putting yourself at risk.