Ways to Reduce Static Shock When on a Treadmill

Touching a treadmill with your hands during use can lead to unpleasent shocks.

Touching a treadmill with your hands during use can lead to unpleasent shocks.

The only thing that should be shocking on a treadmill -- and pleasantly so -- is the feeling of success when you beat a personal distance, time or speed record. Unfortunately, you can get some static shocks up and down your body on a treadmill. While these shocks aren't generally enough to cause serious harm, they don't feel quite good. Plus, they can damage the sensitive electronics inside the treadmill. Learn how to reduce static electricity to protect yourself and your equipment.

Move your treadmill off carpeting and onto a hard floor surface if you have a treadmill at home. Carpeting around the treadmill could cause static build-up as you get on and off the treadmill. Place a treadmill mat under the treadmill to reduce the treadmill's contact with carpeting and floor surfaces.

Use a treadmill-grounding cable. Attach one end of the treadmill-grounding cable to part of the upper frame of the treadmill. Either wrap it around using the Velcro ends or clip it in place, depending on the cable design. Wrap the other end of the cable to your wrist. Make sure you leave enough slack to comfortably move around while using the treadmill. But make sure the cable doesn't catch your legs or drag on the treadmill belt.

Touch a non-metal surface of the treadmill before getting on it to discharge some electrical energy.

Items you will need

  • Treadmill mat
  • Treadmill grounding strap
 

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