Get The Most Out Of Your Treadmill With These 5 Tips
You see it from across the room. It calls to you, but you attempt to avoid it. You don’t have time for these games, but unfortunately, you see no other option. Finally, you take a deep breath, walk up, and lift one foot onto the black rubber, motorized mat. You lift the other foot…
You’re on it – you’re on your treadmill. You’ve been using it for months, but the results you’re seeing aren’t exactly what you were hoping for. We feel your pain. Which is why we chatted with personal trainer Megan Flanagan of Utah State University to find out how to get the most out of treadmill workouts.
Tip #1: Walk Laterally
Wrap a mini band around your knees, and walk laterally on the treadmill with an incline. You can start with the treadmill flat then increase the incline. This exercise will target your glutes and hip abductors. This is a great way to tone and won’t lead to bulking muscles.
Tip #2: Walk Backward
Walking backwards on the treadmill with a mini band is another great choice. The band adds resistance, so when an exercise becomes easy, the mini band will increase the challenge. For example, if you’re trying to resist the pull of the mini band, the resistance helps keeps your knees from caving in.
Tip #3: Maintain Good Form
Start out with an easy speed. A faster speed can often result in poor form. Keep the speed around 0.5-1 mph. Start out with something that’s easy, allow your glutes to become activated, then increase your speed from there.
Tip #4: Bring A Buddy
Another thing that can help is having a friend watch you. Even if your friend isn’t a personal trainer, he or she can pick up on things that you aren’t always able to see.
Tip #5: Keep The Views In Mind
Do a workout with a view. Looking at an enjoyable view resets your brain, allowing you to clear your mind and maintain better focus. iFit® makes this easy by allowing you to access different terrain all over the world without ever having to leave your home.
Author: Lindsay Sousa, Utah State University