Treadmills are large machines that operate with motors, so they can potentially be dangerous if you do not take certain precautions before using one. However, once you understand how to use one and use the safety features included in most models, walking or running on a treadmill is generally safe. This article will talk about several ways to stay safe and reduce the risk of injury while walking or running on a treadmill.
Read the User Manual
If you are not sure how to operate your treadmill, the first thing you’ll want to do is read through the user manual to know how to manage the console, buttons, and technology. If your treadmill doesn’t have a user manual, you can also step onto the treadmill with your feet on the sideboards, straddling the belt so that you can try out the console without actually having to walk on it. This will allow you to figure out how to use the technology without doing two things at once.
Check Your Surroundings
If you have your treadmill at home, make sure to have at least four feet of space behind the back of the machine. That way, if something does happen and you fall off the back, you will have room to crash safely. Do not put the treadmill too close to other equipment or walls to avoid further injuries.
Slowly increase speed while you are on it.
Use Safety Features
Most treadmills are equipped with an emergency clip that you can clip onto your clothing. This feature is essential in situations where the motor is going too fast for your feet or losing your footing. When you start falling backward, the emergency stop will pull out of the console and stop the motor quickly. Treadmills also have handrails on both sides that you can hold onto when you are feeling fatigued. Never hesitate to use the handrails if you trip or feel tired so that you can stay safe on your treadmill.
There is a lot that goes on when you’re on a treadmill. If you are at a gym, there is music, people, and sounds all over the place. If you are at home, distractions can include drinking your water bottle, messing with your music, or texting on the phone.
If you are new to using a treadmill, make sure that your water bottle is filled up before you start your workout so you don’t have to get on and off. Avoid using your phone or watching tv until you are comfortable with the machine’s technology and feel. Pick your playlist before you step foot on your treadmill. Injuries usually happen when you are distracted, so minimizing the distractions is a must for new users.
Have a Phone Nearby
While it is important not to be navigating your phone during your workout, we suggest having a phone close by, whether on your console or a bench next to you, so that if you are alone and something happens, you can call an emergency contact or line.
In conclusion, while treadmills have motors and advanced technology that can seem intimidating, as long as you take the proper precautions mentioned in this article, they are generally safe to use. Be sure to set up and use it properly, with safety features and minimizing distractions to stay safe.