10 Myths About Treadmill
The treadmill can be an extremely effective and useful tool in any workout regimen. However, it is not surprising that there are a large number of myths and misconceptions about this piece of fitness equipment. Here is a look at some of the most common myths about treadmills that can change the way you work out.
- Running longer on a treadmill is great
People those have never run or walked in real life start running or walking on a treadmill on the very first day for 10-15 minutes and gradually increase in the next few days. These people suddenly stop coming to the gym due to the unexplained cause. On close watch on such cases, it is found they feel tired, overtrained, ankle/knee/ back stiffness or pain due to overuse of joints and ligaments. Instead, people should start with 3-4 minutes on the treadmill on the first day.
- Daily running on the treadmill is great
Daily exercise of any kind, on any body part, leads to overtraining, overuse, tiredness, pain, injury and monotony and finally drop-off.
- Treadmill alone is a complete workout
Walking or jogging on a treadmill can never be a complete exercise. It may be a cardio movement for sliming and endurance gains. But never strengthen the muscles, joints, and tendons. It never changes your contour and shape.
- Safe on knees
The knees are a complex system of joints and are liable to injury because of the weight they are required to bear. Over time and with heavy treadmill use, this can increase the risk of stress injuries to the knees.
- Great for thighs
During treadmill exercise, the working muscles never fully relax and contract during the movement. It gives partial movements of the working muscles for the high number of repetitions at a low intensity and no muscle exertions. The thigh muscles are exerted but not contracted and relaxed to the full range of motion.
- Same as ground running
Running on grounds is entirely different than treadmill running or walking. On ground running, we run at our own pace, direction, speed, and momentum. We can experience the weather, temperature and feel the hardness and softness of the ground whereas on the treadmill we hardly experience it.
- Better then cycling
A treadmill is not better then Cycling as cycling is done with your thighs with the resistance of the cycle is under your control and on a treadmill you have to run with your body weight and have to adjust the speed as per your power and stamina.
- Best cardio monitoring
You can’t monitor heart rate correctly on most of the branded treadmills. You will find that heartbeat on treadmill is not matching with your real heartbeats.
- More treadmills in a gym are best
More treadmill in the gyms means more costing more wear and tear. Because of careless overuse of treadmill by members, strains, injuries, pain, overtraining is much more and finally leads to drop-off.
- Buying a treadmill for home is great
It is a status symbol to buy a treadmill or even an exercise cycle at home. 90% of the home treadmills, cycles, or any other equipment are not used as required but are used as hangers for drying clothes.
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