Tread carefully: Seven ways to stay safe with kids and exercise equipment
Warning: This guy is a professional dancer and choreographer so DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!
We know many of you Gmappers are from northern climes (thanks, Google Analytics!), and because you are fitness-minded health nerds like us, you often use a treadmill or other equipment when it’s cold and crummy outside. To keep your kids safe around these things, we want to pass on a few tips we recently learned the hard way here at Gmaps World Headquarters.
Don’t worry, everyone’s OK now, but there was an unfortunate incident a couple of months ago in which our energetic little boy snuck into the garage and decided to see how fast he could go on the treadmill. One tumble later and he had a pretty big piece of skin scraped off his neck.
During our trip to the doctor, we were surprised to learn that many children are hurt when they try to play on exercise equipment. So now, we take precautions and make sure the kids know that the treadmill is not a toy.
Here’s some other things you can do.
- Put a mirror in front of your equipment so that you can see whether one of your children is coming up behind you while you’re exercising. Turns out many injuries happen when children are attracted by the movement of the machine, try to touch it and their fingers or hands get caught.
- Unplug machines when you’re not using them.
- Remove the safety key and hide it from your kids.
- Buy a cover and put it over the equipment so kids aren’t tempted to play on it.
- Lock the door to your exercise room or use a childproof gate.
- Keep the cords on safety keys looped out of the way. Do the same with blind cords that are near the equipment so kids aren’t tempted to climb on the equipment and grab them.
- If you’re in the market for a machine, look for one with safety features, such as locks on elliptical steps that must be removed before you can use the machine.
We love our fitness equipment, but it pays to be cautious! No more neck scrapings!Read more
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Announcing the gmap-pedometer Blog
Hello! Hi. Nice to see you, thanks for coming, everyone.
Ok, pipe down, you in the back.
Most likely you’ve been using [gmap-pedometer.com](http://gmap-pedometer.com) for some time to see *just* how far your runs or rides have been. Maybe you’ve also created an account to keep track of all of those and used our workout log too. Maybe you even popped on over to the [twitter feed](http://twitter.com/gmappedometer) and saw the lovingly curated list of [mostly] retweets.
Now we’re adding a new element to the mix! this blog will contain articles of interest to the endurance fitness world. This will include a lot of things you’d expect, and hopefully some you won’t. Coolest/weirdest races, running and cycling club profiles, workout tips, and plenty of similar things we have yet to dream up.
It’ll also be a good place to look for news about features added or other changes to the site.
Hope you like it! Feel free to leave a comment about what you’d like to hear about (that is, uh, once I get the comments working)