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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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eli_bean eli_bean 10 years
I hold on.. (not lean).. on the bar because I have really bad balance *turning red* Otherwise I start going out of control. I am embarrassed to think that people at the gym think I am leaning and not know any better :(
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
:ROTFL: gigglegirl, that was a funny visual.
gigglegirl gigglegirl 10 years
Luckily, this isn't a problem for someone like me, who can never seem to keep up with the pace of the treadmill and consequently ends up flailing wildly about and panting heavily near the back end of the machine while trying to merely keep on it...sigh.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I just like the picture. :)
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
LOL, Fit. I'm so glad you posted this. I see women do this all the time! They'll set their incline to 15%, then hold the top of the display for dear life.
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