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Where to Stand When Running on a Treadmill

Treadmill Tips: Stand Back and Check Your Stride

No matter the weather, many of you prefer to run on a treadmill. One of the great things about it is that the conditions, as long as you don't have to wait for a machine, are quite predictable. Unfortunately, running with the belt can shorten your stride. One way to prevent this unnatural shortening is to stand back from the console. Place yourself in the center of the belt. This way you can take longer, more natural strides. If you're too close to the front of the treadmill, you might end up swinging your arms too high to avoid hitting the control panel. This higher-arm swing not only wastes energy, but can also be a real pain in the neck.

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delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
Nice one!
Alissa-TG Alissa-TG 8 years
I love running on the treadmill, it is something I enjoy almost every day. It is easy at the gym or at home, especially with a fold-up treadmill that can be put out of the way easily. Thanks for the tips!
KellyV04 KellyV04 8 years
Thank you for the advice. I have been using the treadmill more and more and always end up right by the console. I will avoid that tonight!
syako syako 8 years
I always try to do this. I like how there are mirrors in my gym next to the machines so I can check my strides. I see people who run right up on the front and I always want to tell them to step back a bit. But I don't want to be bossy. :P
misskacie misskacie 8 years
This is perfect timing. I was just wondering if my treadmill form needed a check-up. Thank you!
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