Treadmill Workouts

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Tips for Treadmill Workouts

Understanding your treadmill is what is going to help you use it to the full potential and achieve your fitness goals more quickly. Some common issues among treadmill users are that they don’t seem to get an optimal workout from it, they may quickly get bored; or maybe they haven’t seen the results they were expecting. Let’s look at how we can resolve these problems.

Common Issues with Treadmill Workouts

A common mistake with treadmill exercise is simply stepping on and walking or jogging at the same speed for twenty or thirty minutes. This will quickly make you very tired and very bored. It also doesn’t make for an efficient workout.

Another common mistake is starting out at the pace you want to maintain without warming up and without pacing yourself. Treadmill workouts like this will quickly lead to sore muscles and possibly injuries, not to mention frustration. It also means you aren’t using all of your lower body muscles effectively.

Tips for Safe Treadmill Workouts

Always warm up– for at least a couple of minutes. Increase your workout slowly– or risk over-tasking your muscles or sustaining an injury. Always cool down– to allow your heart and muscles to gradually return to normal.

Varying your speed will provide a better cardiovascular workout, and it will work different muscle groups as your stride changes.

  • Fat Burning Treadmill Exercise – Studies have shown that varying your heart rate and the intensity of your workout actually increases your metabolism more than exercising at the same rate for a prolonged length of time. What that means for you is that you should vary how fast you are walking or running when you are on the treadmill- use Sprint Intervals & Incline Intervals.
  • Cardiovascular Treadmill Exercise – you want to focus on keeping your heart rate up without pushing it too high. Heart rate monitors are important with this type of workout. Ideally, you want to spend most of the time on the treadmill breathing hard but not gasping for air.

After you become experienced enough, you will be able to perform a wider variety of workouts on your machine, thus keeping you from getting bored too easily. Integrating this variety will also help you achieve better results. You can play around with all your treadmill’s built-in programs, and even save your own custom workouts.

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