Protecting the Joints on Treadmills
We have to face a major truth: not all of us are world class athletes. In fact, age 40 is in the rear view mirror for a number of people who go to the gym to work out. Knee joints get a little more fragile as age goes on, and it is essential to protect them from jarring motions. A treadmill is definitely better than running on concrete, but a person still has to take care to avoid unnecessary stress on the knees.
Ways to Protect the Joints
Perhaps the best thing for older people is to consider walking at a brisk pace on a treadmill instead of trying to run a six minute mile. It’s still possible to have a good workout with a brisk walk and the knees are not put at risk. It’s also important to wear good running shoes no matter if walking or running is being done. People who walk or run lean forward will place greater than necessary stress on their knees and possibly strained their hamstrings as well. A good posture that has a “proud chest” (shoulders back and chest out) and a straight back will help to redistribute the weight of impact on the running surface of the treadmill. The result is less stress on the joints.
Variety is always good with a workout and that’s true for the use of treadmills as well. Most gyms and health clubs have more than one model of treadmill for members to use. Alternating the type of treadmills used for a workout can introduces a user to other kinds of treadmill machines. It also allows a person to find which one has a softer impact. That makes things definitely easier on the knees.
Treadmill workouts cause fewer problems than running on hard concrete and the knees definitely appreciate a gentle touch. Just by using the right shoes and correct posture a person can help ease the load on the knees. Identifying the right treadmill will also make the work out that much less of a pain.