How To Get The Most Out Of Your Treadmill Routine

The treadmill is a very versatile piece of gym equipment. Everyone from a beginner to an intermediate can use it and get a good workout. In order to get a good workout every single time you step onto that treadmill, follow the tips below to help you get the most out of your routine.

  1. Wear The Proper Gear. Be sure to wear the proper footwear when working out on the treadmill. Don't try walking in a trail shoe; be sure you are using either running or walking shoes. Also don't wear pants that drag beneath your shoes, as this can be dangerous. Wear something comfortable, breathable and that will help wick sweat away from your body. If need be, use a towel to help catch those beads of sweat.
  2. Make Time For A Warm Up And A Cool Down. Be sure when getting onto the treadmill you start out at a slow pace to get your legs warmed up. Don't try and start out at a flat out running pace, or just quit when you get tired. Take a minute or two to warm up and cool down at the end of your workout. You can up the level that you warm up and cool down as you get more and more used to working out on your treadmill.
  3. No Slouching. Don't slouch on the treadmill or hold onto the handrails, as this takes away from the weight you are putting on your legs and isn't giving your legs the full workout you are seeking. Stand up straight and swing your arms at your sides in pace with your feet. If you are holding onto the rails for support, lower your speed a bit. Pushing yourself too far isn't helping your workout routine; you're hindering it.
  4. Hold Your Muscles Tight. Clench and flex your buttocks and hip muscles when you are walking; this wakes up those muscles and helps to firm them up. You'll notice a difference between holding them taut and just doing a simple leisurely walk.
  5. Mix It Up. If your routine is getting a little stale, you can add some hand weights to your routine. Walk with them at your sides, or combine your walk with an arm workout. Be sure to go at a slower pace when adding those hand weights. Changing your incline or speed levels every time you get onto your machine will also help. You can also add some music to your treadmill routine. 

Working out properly on your treadmill will help you get the most out of your routine. If you don't have a treadmill of your own but enjoy working out on one, go to a place like Burlington Racquet & Athletic Club Inc instead.