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Avoid treadmill accidents: stay sharp, pay attention

As with any workout, some common sense measures can keep you safe on the treadmill. (Source: WAFF) As with any workout, some common sense measures can keep you safe on the treadmill. (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Jeremy Goforth has been using gym equipment as a body builder for many years.

But as the owner of Decatur Athletic Club, he also knows how important it is for everyone to use safety precautions.

"I probably wouldn't text and try to run on a treadmill," Goforth said. "If you're walking, you may be okay, depending on how fast you're going. I wouldn't recommend it though."

While he says his gym goes above and beyond using the latest safety measures, not all gyms do - especially when you travel out of the country.

This is a simple method of exercise, but Goforth says there are some simple precautionary measures you can take to make certain you don't become a statistic.

"There's emergency clips on the treadmill. That's not going to keep you from falling. All that's going to do is cut the treadmill off when you fall off of it, so it don't keep running," he said. 

He says placement of your machine is also key. "Our treadmills aren't placed in front of a wall, so if you fall off, you're not going to get thrown into something... You have to leave a certain amount of room for safety guidelines." 

Goforth says these are guidelines you can also use at home. 

"It can happen on a treadmill. It can happen on a bike. It can happen on the equipment out here. You just have to be careful," he said. 

He also advises you to bring a buddy. "You need somebody with you all the time, whether you're lifting weights, whether you're on the treadmill, anything."

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