When you walked into the gym, the treadmill sections are always full and the weights stations are mostly empty. People often have a misconception that lifting weights or heavy weights is the exercise most likely to cause you gym injuries. While this may not be entirely false ( depending on your form), treadmills have shown to be far more dangerous than lifting weights.
Yes, it’s true. Running is more likely to cause an injury compared to other gym exercises.
According to The Independent, in an online review done by ellipticalreviews.com, which analysed data from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, they found that be it just going for a regular running or training for a race, more than one in three gym-related hospital trips are caused by running. What’s more, 31 percent of the guys and 34 percent of the women had gotten injured while running on the treadmill. Running has shown to be the exercise most likely to cause you gym injuries.
“I would definitely agree that treadmills are the biggest risk in a gym, I’ve witnessed many people fall off – usually because they drop their phone and then panic,”personal trainer Harry Smith told The Independent.
Besides dropping their phones, runner’s knee, shin’s splits and stress fractures are some of the common causes of treadmill injuries, and unlike dropping the phone, these normally come from either going over their limits or not warming up properly.
“Always do a dynamic warm up. It doesn’t have to be 30 mins long – five minutes will suffice. Just be sure to take most of your joints through a good range of motion. Some bodyweight squats, push ups, mountain climbers and spine rotations will suffice for most people,” said Harry Smith.
No doubt warming is extremely important, you should also take note of the exercises you should do outside of running to prevent injuries and aid your running. One simple exercise that will help with it are planks.
According to a study, published in the Journal Of Biomechanics, shows that most people core muscles aren’t as strong as they should be. By examining the movement pattern of each runner, they found out that runners with weaker core muscles develop a higher risk of getting injured.
Traditional abs exercises will not be enough. What you need to train, is the stability of the core, ensuring your core stays tight and firm while running.
All in all, the fault does not lie on the treadmill, as the saying goes “a good workman never blames his tools.” So the next time you intend to run, warm up properly, start planking and never look at your phones. I am sure you don’t need to take a selfie while running, it looks horrible and can potentially cause you to fall flat on your face and roll down the treadmill. Then again, if you can’t resist the urge. Stick to weights instead.