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Fitness Friday – Don’t Hold on to the Treadmill

I don’t have that many pet peeves when I’m at the gym, except this one that tops it all.

People holding on to the treadmill!!

don't hold on to the treadmill

When I look over and see someone looking all proud of themselves walking at 4.2 speed at a 10 incline holding on for dear life, I just want to say, “I dare you to take your hands off that treadmill. Just do it. See if you can still walk for more than 10 seconds. Do it. Do it. Do it!”

When you walk outside, do you walk with handrails next to you? Are there handrails when you are hiking up a mountain? Do you walk without moving your arms? Seriously, people, let’s use our brains here for a second.

People obviously don’t understand that they are reducing the effectiveness of their workout by about 40%. That’s right. 40%. Think you just burnt 300 calories by going full speed up an incline? WRONG.

There is a good article on Popsugar that describes how ineffective this is. If you don’t believe me, then listen to these fitness experts.

Ok. My rant and rave is done for the day. But, is this a pet peeve of you, too? Or am I alone in this?!

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