Treadmill Tips for Everyone
By Donna Stark
Most of us like to switch things up when it comes to our fitness routines, so it's no wonder that many people bounce back and forth between running outdoors to running on the treadmill in their local gym. And as much as the change in location can stifle the boredom that comes from doing the same workouts day in and day out, it can also bring an increased risk of injury. Certainly, no one will argue or deny the benefits that can come from running on a treadmill, but there are some things you should keep in mind if you utilize one more often than not!
Sometimes the weather forces you indoors and sometimes you simply run out of daylight, but no matter what the reason is for choosing to run on a treadmill, there are some things to remember. Here are a few tips that will help you get the best possible workout as you can! Take a look.
- Take care - It's important to make the switch from the pavement to the treadmill carefully. When you go from one type of surface to another, your movement patterns will undoubtedly shift, increasing your risk of injury. You can avoid this by taking extra care with your form, stride, and posture until your body adapts.
- Watch those distractions - Although its purpose is to avoid boredom, it can be very easy to become distracted with the television that is attached to your treadmill. If you find that you are losing balance, tripping, or having trouble running straight, take your eyes off the screen and focus on your workout instead.
- Make those changes - Unlike the outdoors where you may encounter hills, steps, or wind resistance, running on a treadmill can be somewhat unchallenging if you don't vary your pace and incline. By making small changes in the settings throughout your workout you will be able to increase the benefits and reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries.
- Let it go - Break the habit of holding onto the top of the display when walking on an incline. You will get a much better workout if you actually use your muscles to power yourself up the "hill." It is also more beneficial when you use a natural arm swing (just as you would if you were walking up a hill outdoors) than when you hold them in that stationary position.
Options Are Good to Have
It's great to have plenty of options when it comes to working out, but you have to be mindful of the impact that they can have on your body and your fitness goals. The most important thing is to keep your body moving and obviously, you are already doing that!
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