A day at the gym wouldn't be a day at the gym without seeing at least one person holding on for dear life while running on the treadmill. I'll never completely understand how (or why) people do it, but eDiets has come up with a list of excuses people use for holding on and how to stop doing it:
- If you think: "I’ll fall off if I let go!"
Then: SLOW DOWN.
- If you think: "My trainer says it’s OK." I once asked a trainer why he allowed his able-bodied client to hold on, despite three weeks of training. His response: "She’s scared."
Then: Beware of trainers who fail to empower you.
- If you think: "I’ll lose my balance."
Then: Slow down and stop using your arms as anchors. Balancing is part of exercise.
- If you think: "I’ve always done it this way."
Then: It’s never too late to break a sabotaging habit.
- If you think: "My doctor told me to do it."
Then: Shame on him or her for not telling you that holding on increases blood pressure and causes poor posture.
- If you think: "The machine keeps telling me to hold on for heart rate."
Then: Select another program. Hold on for heart rate, but then let go after the number appears!
- If you think: "But I’m sweating!"
Then: Many variables affect sweat: room ventilation, weight, body chemistry, even mental state.
- If you think: "I’m old!"
Then: If ever there were a reason NOT to hold on, this is it!
So break the habit -- Slow the treadmill down and work on form WITHOUT holding on before over exerting yourself and risking injury.