4 Things You Should Know About Treadmill Safety

Although working out on a treadmill is usually considered safe, especially if its speed is set for walking, if it’s your first time to use this workout machine or you barely use it, you still need to know how to use it properly.

 

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Although treadmills are generally safe, accidents can happen. In 2013, about 24,000 treadmill-related injuriesrequired emergency medical care, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s injury surveillance system. And they are not for children; at-home exercise equipment injured about 20,000 kids under 18 in 2009, the same year Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter was killed in a treadmill accident.

Protect yourself with these strategies.

Use the safety catch

Most treadmills have one: a string that attaches you to the treadmill so that, if you fall, the string will bring the machine to a stop. At the very least, know where the kill switch is, so you can press it immediately if you start to slip, says Amie Hoff, a fitness expert in New York City.

 

Put loose objects in their place

If you have anything on the treadmill, such as a water bottle or an iPod, make sure it’s in a stable spot so it doesn’t bounce off and make you trip, Hoff says.

 

See more: http://news.health.com/2015/05/06/4-things-you-should-know-about-treadmill-safety/

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