Frank Mikulka's

Weekly Fitness Tip

February 29, 2004

I began to exercise. I started on a stair-stepper, which I don’t do anymore because I found it hard on my knees. I’ve switched to a treadmill and alternate it with an elliptical machine. I was told not to hold on to the side rails. Does it matter? (Linda, Freeport)

Yes, it does matter. By holding on to the side rails you are supporting the majority of your body weight. Also, the intensity of your cardio workout is sabotaged because the workout output is less intense. The side rails should be used only for balance issues, a quick rest, to grab water or regroup your mental focus. Maintain a natural body posture, relax your shoulders and keep your head looking over the horizon for good spinal alignment. If you need to hold on to maintain, then lower the speed and do your workout for longer. Walk and run yourself to a new you.

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