What if I told you that making one change in the way that you workout on your aerobic exercise equipment could result in burning 25% more calories. Are you ready?
Stop holding on!
Seriously, it is that simple. I always cringe whenever I walk into the gym and see 4 out of 10 people jogging on the treadmill while holding onto the safety rails. This is even worse for those people on the stair stepping machine; for this group it is more like 8 out of 10. Research has shown that supporting yourself during aerobic exercise decreases caloric expenditure by 20-25%. So…
Stop holding on to the rails!
(J Cardiopulm Rehabil. 2006 Nov-Dec;26(6):391-4.)