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Weight Loss Tip of the Day

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www.ProHealth.com • April 19, 2003


If you have decided to use a treadmill at the gym or have bought one for your home, keep in mind some of these safety tips before you begin.

Before you get on:
Before you get on the treadmill, experiment with the controls. Speed it up, slow it down, increase and decrease the incline and test the emergency off button.

Posture when walking or running: Shoulders back, head up and slightly forward, chin up and abdominals tight. Look forward, not down at your feet.

Stride length:
Relax and maintain the normal stride you would use when walking on the ground. Don’t chop your steps.

Where you are:
It is important to pay attention to where you are on the treadmill. Don’t drift sideways or allow yourself to go to the back of the belt.

Make it a habit:
A treadmill is only as good for your health as the frequency with which you use it. Set a specific time of day, set a specific number of minutes and make it routine.

(Source: American College of Sports Medicine)


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