The treadmill is a great way to exercise and shed those extra pounds; however, over time the treadmill can become quite monotonous and boring. Why not make it fun and exciting by adding variety to your treadmill workouts? This will not only help to keep you from getting bored but will also help you get better results.
First, let go of those handlebars, there’s no reason to hold onto them while exercising. Furthermore, to get the most out of your treadmill exercise you need to get those arms moving – let go and really swing those arms. When holding onto the treadmill handlebars your body isn’t getting worked as much as it could by swinging your arms. If needed, lower the speed at first and then increase the intensity once you feel comfortable.
Try pretending you’re outside, on a trail, on the beach, or in the hills – this is a great way to keep you interested and moving your way closer to a more fit you.
Always warm up first. Start your treadmill exercise at a slow pace for about five minutes to warm up your muscles before moving to a faster pace. Jumping right into a fast pace could cause injury or strain resulting in pulled or torn muscles.
Listening to music is a sure way to add variety to your treadmill workout and keep it fun. So the next time you’re on the treadmill remember to grab your MP3 player, plug it in and play your favorite tunes.
Once you get the hang of a good brisk treadmill power-walk, start increasing the intensity level. This can be achieved several ways, either by increasing the speed or by setting the treadmill on an incline. Most treadmills come equipped with preset programs, using these presets is a good way to add variety to your treadmill workout.
Increasing the intensity over time is important if you want to lose weight and tone your body. Your body will eventually become conditioned to your current intensity level and not increasing the intensity level at this point could result in you reaching a plateau. When you’re ready increase the intensity, push yourself and start seeing more results.
Another great way to add variety and fun to your treadmill workout is walking backwards. This works the muscles in a whole new way. At first, go at a slow pace without holding onto the handlebars until you become proficient at it. Once you get the hang of it you can challenge yourself by jogging backwards. Remember to take your time, have fun and progress when you feel ready.
Also, try changing up your routine. You don’t have to be on the treadmill for 45 minutes strait. Try jogging on the treadmill for 15 minutes then hop off and try doing some exercises like sit-ups, push-ups or lunges. Then get back on the treadmill for 15 more minutes. Continue in this way for the duration of your workout.
Need to relieve some stress? Try walking on the treadmill at a slow pace to clear your head. However, you may need to increase the duration of your workout since you will not be covering as much distance as you would at a faster pace.
If you don’t add variety to your treadmill workout, more than likely you
will become bored with it. The key to sticking with any exercise program for
a long period of time is making it fun and exciting.