Treadmills have a bad rap as relatively boring machines that often end up collecting dust in the corner because they get so repetitive. But treadmills don’t have to be boring, and you can get a great workout from the comfort of your home by running on one. Here are a few ways you can take your boring treadmill and make it a machine you’ll want to keep running to.
Variation is the Key
Have you been doing the same treadmill workout everyday? If so, you may not only get bored with your workout but you might not be getting the maximum benefits of your workout. At some point you’ll need to run or walk longer, take the treadmill up on an incline, or speed up. For many of us, it’s a matter of knowing what to do. Many treadmills have pre-programmed exercises that you can do. The only problem with these programs is that generally you need to wear a heart-rate monitor in order for the program to continue during your workout. Later I will be giving you a workout that you can try on your own. This workout may be used on a treadmill or elliptical machine.
Benefits of Treadmill
1. You can use it year round. I love to run outside, except in the winter. What’s great about a treadmill is that I can use it whenever I like.
2. It does not require coordination! This is great news for many people. There is absolutely no choreography, no step, no complicated movements, just walking (or running).
3. You’re in control of speed and gradient. If you don’t want to go up a hill you don’t have to, if you want to jog up a hill you can do that. Your local park may not have a hill and if you’re on a hill outside you can’t push a button and be down in a few seconds. Treadmills allow you to adjust the workout to your preferences and needs.
4. No wind resistance. When you are on a treadmill it is easier than running outside because you are not fighting the wind. This may be a disadvantage for someone training for a race; it would be advantageous to have some outside running time.
There are three sections of my treadmill workouts: the warm-up, the working segment, the cool down. I teach a 45 minute class so I will be giving you a 45 minute workout. If you would like to try it but do not have 45 minutes to devote to cardio, try shaving a few minutes off of the working segment. Warming up and cooling down are essential for your exercise program. A proper warm-up allows your body to prepare and prevent injury. A cool-down helps prevent a rapid drop in blood pressure. Have you ever been dizzy after a workout? Chances are you may not have cooled down properly.