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How to Safely Use a Treadmill (It's Not As Easy As You Think)

from The Washington Post

It's a pretty straightforward piece of equipment and you've been walking and running for how many years now? I mean, how difficult can it be to try a treadmill for the first time?

As my colleague Michael E. Miller points out in this excellent post, more than 460,000 people found out about the dangers the hard way when they suffered injuries related to exercise equipment, according to data for 2012. About 32,000 people were hospitalized or dead on arrival after those accidents and, according to one study, 66 percent of gym injuries involve treadmills. The tragic death of Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg, is the exclamation point at the end of this warning.

So if you're on vacation, as Goldberg was, and get a hankering to jump on the treadmill, or you're a novice starting an exercise program, here are some great tips on how to use the treadmill safely. They come from exercise physiologist Mike Bracko of Calgary, Alberta, who wrote the American College of Sports Medicine's guide on treadmills. (The guide covers home treadmills but the lessons apply in the gym as well.) more


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