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Treadmill mistakes: 8 habits to avoid at the gym

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By Sarah Klein for 



Most runners have a love-hate relationship with the treadmill. On the one hand, it’s
boring and germ-infested. On the other, it’s often a necessary evil to get through long winters or rainy mornings.

With any luck, today, on National Running Day, you’ll be able to celebrate out of doors, in all of this early-June glory. Working out outside has noted benefits over hitting the gym, including improved energy and a greater likelihood to keep exercising.

But in case you’re stuck inside—and for the indoor runs in your future —we want to make sure you’re doing it right. We asked three fitness experts—personal trainer Matthew Basso, president of Iron Lotus Personal Training; Jason Karp, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist and the author of Running for Women and Running a Marathon For Dummies and Jay Cardiello, celebrity trainer, author and creator of JCore—to share their biggest treadmill pet peeves. Below are some of the most common mistakes they see gymgoers make, and what we should be doing instead.

You Crane Your Neck To Watch TV (Or Your Feet)
Anything that throws off your posture, whether it be hunching over to watch your feet or leaning to the left for a better view of the TV, is generally a bad idea. “Your neck is pulled to the right or dropped forward and one part of the musculature is getting stretched while another is getting tightened,” says Basso. The longer you’re in that position, the higher your risk of injury becomes, he says.

Read more to find out other habits to avoid on the treadmill…. 

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