Treadmill users today also tend to be glued to asmartphone. A recent study by a researcher at Kent State set out to determinehow smartphone use affects a treadmill workout.
Treadmill users were monitored for thirty minutebouts on four different days under different conditions. The conditions were:listening to music stored on the smartphone, talking on the phone throughoutthe workout, texting on the phone throughout the workout and working outwithout the smartphone at all. Throughout all the workouts, the user’s pace anddistance data were hidden.
The treadmill users reported to have enjoyed theworkout listening to music the most and the no-phone workout the least. Theworkout where music was listened to also sustained the highest average speed.The slowest workout was when the users were texting.
Not surprising. It takes at least a little bit of concentration to maintain good form on a treadmill (not to mention to avoid falling off the treadmill, LOL). Talking on the phone or texting are distractions that would interfere with general good running form. Moreover, both talking and texting require holding the phone - I assume the user does not have a handsfree set or a smartphone with voice recognition software - which would interfere with proper arm motion and cause the runner to slow down.