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A Cardio Machine No-No: Leaning

Lately I have been watching this lady at the gym who no doubt thinks she is working her tail off on the treadmill but in reality, she's not doing as much as she may think. What's her mistake?

Leaning! Don't be a leaner when you are on the cardio equipment! I know it seems tempting to put the incline and speed as high as it can go but if you're overcompensating for the fact that it's too tough by leaning on the handles, then you're not getting an effective workout. I know that the readout may show that you're burning more calories, but you're not. Don't even get me started on the strain you may be putting on your lower back by leaning...

Do yourself a favor and program it to an incline and speed that you can handle without holding on for dear life. Use the handles for balance only. You'll get a much better workout if your arms are not bearing most of the load. Plus, swinging your arms is a great way to get your heart rate pumping even more, which means you'll be burning more calories as well as be challenging your core.

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