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Treadmill Walking Mistakes to Avoid


Updated May 16, 2014

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Treadmill Mistake - Leaning Forward
Forward Lean
Wendy Bumgardner ©
Leaning forward is a walking mistake that some walking coaches used to encourage. But proper walking posture is upright, not leaning forward or backward.
  • To get into the correct walking posture, take a moment when you first step onto the non-moving treadmill.
  • Suck in your gut and tuck in your butt, tilting your pelvis slightly forward.
  • Now pretend you have a string attached to the top of your head. Pull it upwards so your upper body is lifted straight up off your hips.
  • Give your shoulders a backwards roll so you know they aren't hunched up.
  • Feel good and straight? Great, now start the treadmill and walk.
  • Remind yourself as you walk to keep this upright posture. Every time you change pace or incline, check your posture again.

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