It’s very easy to be unimaginative on the treadmill. You can simply pound away for hours if you want to but it won’t be efficient or deliver the best results.
To maximise your treadmill work out and make it more enjoyable and effective, give these top tips a go:
Not only does an incline make you work harder, it also gives your knees a little protection and is in fact better for them.
Incorporating an incline into your treadmill workout helps boost the calorie burn whether you’re walking, jogging or running.
An effective way of getting used to an incline is to increase it steadily by 5% per minute until you reach the maximum level which you can comfortably push yourself.
Pumping your arms improves the effectiveness of your workout.
Getting your arms moving will also help to coordinate your feet and legs.
If you’re looking to pick up pace, keep your arms moving to build motion and improve those speeds.
Intervals are a must if you want to get the most from your training and mix up your treadmill workout.
Running at a consistent pace is of course recommended if you’re training for a long distance event but otherwise interval training is the best way to get the most out of your workout.
Alternating from a steady pace to going at your fastest spring will help to raise your heartbeat and increase that calorie burn, as well building endurance and improving strength.
With or without weights you can add some lunges to your treadmill workout (if you're feeling confident you won't fall off!).
Walk at a comfortable pace and then when you’re ready, take that first lunge and then repeat with alternating legs, keeping the pace steady and relatively slow.
Lunges are one of the most effective training moves there is and there’s no reason you can’t give them a go on the treadmill.
Forgetting your form throughout a treadmill workout will only be to your detriment.
Posture makes all the difference when you’re running or even walking. Optimal posture equals optimal performance.
Make sure you look straight ahead. Your shoulders, neck and arms should be relaxed as your arms swing and pump naturally as mentioned above.
Your back needs to be straight and your torso upright to stop leaning forward. If you push off and land lightly, your feet should remain well positioned underneath your body.
I would add that concentrating on posture and an upright torso made a big difference to me. I tended to lean forwards and just didn't feel completely at ease. I feel much more relaxed after someone told me to straighten up!
Useful to know all this - I have printed it out for my sister who has just bought a treadmill, thanks.