You very well know that walking or running on a treadmill is a great way to warm your body up for an intense session of workout. But are you doing it the correct way?
I am going to share with you some common treadmill tips so that you can get the most out of your exercise and stay safe.
Before even walking on a treadmill do a bit of warm-up so that you can loosen your muscles properly.
Instead of jumping on the treadmill and increasing the speed right away, begin with a 5-10 minute warm-up which can, in turn, save you from injuries and prep you up for a high-intensity workout afterwards.
It’s cool to have everything in front of you, the speed, distance, calories burnt, etc. but if you continuously stare at the monitor while walking on a treadmill then you will promote bad posture and are more likely to hold the hand-rails.
Focus on the swing of your arms and take good care of your shoulders, neck and lower back by not looking down. This way you can burn more calories and avoid post-workout pain.
Avoid Holding the Handrails while Walking
It might make you feel safer and help you walk faster but if you use your arms while walking you can balance your stride and burn more calories than before.
Forget handrails and let your arms, legs, and core do all the work.
While you are walking at an incline you can reap more benefits of this tip as it will help you generate more force and provide you the benefits of a full-body workout. Isn’t it cool?
Always Keep Safety in Mind
There are a few more things that you need to keep in mind while using the treadmill to avoid injuries and stay safe. Here they are:
- Mounting and Dismounting: Always set the speed before stepping on as it will prevent an unwanted jolt. Increasing the speed once you are walking is a much better approach.
And when you are done, hit the stop button, hold onto the handrails, place your feet on the sides of the belt, turn and get off.
- Beware of Towels: Towels are handy to wipe away the sweat that you might lose while working out but make sure that it doesn’t hang loosely from the handrails.
If it falls while you are walking on the treadmill, you might trip and fall too.
- Talking on the phone: Just like you would avoid using your phone while driving, avoid using it while you are on the treadmill also because you might get distracted and get involved in an accident.
- Looking here and there: In whichever direction you point your head, your body will naturally move toward that direction so it is advised to always look forward while using a treadmill to avoid a mishap.
Use Treadmill to your Advantage
There are several functions in a treadmill that you can utilize according to your preference like inclined walk, backward walking, set interval sessions, etc. which can help you to mix up your routine and work various muscle groups.
Much better than your monotonous walk in the park, right?
Don’t Underestimate the Benefits of Incline
By keeping the treadmill’s incline at 1-1.5% you can replicate the same conditions as you have to face while walking outdoors like wind resistance, terrain changes, etc.
By doing this you will be able to walk with more natural stride and maintain good walking posture. Play with it and see what wonders it can do.
Always Mix Things Up
It is extremely important to spice things up and not get stuck in a monotonous routine while working out. Try a different approach every time so that your workout doesn’t get stale.
Try to vary your workouts as much as possible.
And always remember to have fun as being healthy, fit and strong is a journey and not an ultimate destination.
Enjoy it, live it!