A very common part of most workout routines is the treadmill. However, nearly everyone openly despises it. Be honest, if you couldn’t listen to music or watch TV would you even use a treadmill? This is due to the fact that usually you would just run or walk on it. However, there is a way to improve the fun factor and create a treadmill workout routine that will help you pay more attention to your workout and get amazing results.
If you want add some variety and excitement to your treadmill workouts, you can use the following tips. These are the best exercises to help you make the most of your workout, get amazing results and still have fun!
Lunges can be very easy to add to your treadmill workout. You could even add weights, in accordance with your strength and balance. However, it’s recommended that you start with 5 pound weights; as your strength increases slowly add more, up to 10 pounds.
To begin with, you should secure the weights to the side of the treadmill screen display, so you can step onto the treadmill unencumbered. Start walking at a slow speed. Once you’ve worked up a good walking pace, you can begin using the weights. If you’re comfortable using them, great! If they interfere with your balance, you should try this exercise without them.
Let your position drift more toward the back of the treadmill, ensuring that you have enough space to take a larger step forward. Once you find the right position, you can start doing the lunges, alternating legs with each step. To help with balance if you’re not using the weights, place your hands on your hips. This treadmill workout is great for back support, core strength and cardio health.
Set your treadmill to a slow walking pace on the highest incline position. Hold onto the support bars to help you turn around on the treadmill. Then, you can start walking uphill – backwards! This is a very interesting exercise, and is a tremendous workout for your thighs, calves, and buttocks.
For this treadmill workout, set the pace to a slow jog. Once you get going, start to turn your body sideways. Then, start to do a shuffling sideways run. If you’re doing these ideas in order, make sure you’ve brought the incline back down. The foot on the side turned to the front of the treadmill will be your lead foot. Always start with your lead foot and then bring the back foot beside it. Continue this type of shuffling walk, repeating the steps. Change directions every five minutes, first getting back into a forward position before transitioning to the other side. For maximum impact, flex your stomach muscles and keep a strong core. You will feel the workout mostly in your thighs and buttocks.
This is the treadmill workout with the fastest pace. Work up to a medium to high jogging pace that you can maintain relatively easily. Once you feel comfortable with the pace, start bringing your heel all the way up to your buttocks with every step. In addition to working your glute and leg muscles, this workout engages your core system.
If you want an even more exciting exercise, you can incorporate your arms into the treadmill workout. Set your treadmill to the lowest speed available. Next, get into a plank position on the back part of the treadmill. Start by anchoring yourself with your on the non-moving parts on the sides. Once you’re comfortable, use your hands to start “walking” on the treadmill. In consideration to the fact that this is a very difficult exercise, it’s advisable to have a spotter. This person’s first responsibility is making sure you don’t face-plant on the treadmill. Another thing they could help you with is making sure you keep your back flat. Once you start to get tired, move your hands to the planks on the side of the treadmill to rest.
Important: Always remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Another important thing is to not push yourself too hard during your treadmill workout. There’s always tomorrow!