Treadmill Workouts: Tricks From The Experts

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Expert Treadmill Workout Tips

We’ve compiled our favorite treadmill workout tricks

There are a ton of tips and tricks out there when it comes to treadmill workouts- we’ve done our research and compiled some of our favorites from the experts. 

  1. “Running too close to the console changes your arm swing, and being too far from it makes you take smaller steps so you won’t feel as if you’re falling off the back,” Blahnik says. Inch back from the console toward the center until your swing feels natural.” @FitnessMagazine
  2. Cranking the incline helps you burn more calories than if you keep the machine set to a zero grade. @Popsugarfitness
  3. Add Forward and Backward Lunges. You don’t have to stick with the basic walking and running on a treadmill. Lunges are great for sculpting your butt, thighs, and abs, so you might as well challenge yourself by adding them to your treadmill routine. Make sure the speed is on a moderately slow pace where you can perform a lunge correctly. You are wasting your time if you can’t do the lunge the right way. Also, by doing lunges on a treadmill, you are engaging your abs much more than if you were to do them on the ground. @FitDayCom
  4. Beware of striking your heels and make sure you’re getting that push-off motion by running with a base with at least a two or three percent incline, advises Matt Barbosa, a coach for Chicago Endurance Sports and Fleet Feet Chicago. @MensFitness
  5. The key to burning calories is distance, not intensity. The longer or farther you go during your treadmill workouts, the more calories you burn. @EverydayHealth
  6. Look for shoes with extra padding in the soles to protect your heels and foot bones from the high impact of each foot strike. Keep in mind, however, to use them only for walking or running—not dance or cardio classes. @PreventionMag
  7. When the gym’s too crowded to go back and forth between the weight room and treadmill, do one of the workouts below on the ground directly behind your machine so you don’t lose it. Via @Shape_magazine
  8. When using the treadmill, it is important to have good form. The handrails on the machine are not designed to lean on while you walk or run. Only use those for assistance getting on and off the treadmill. When you are exercising, keep your back straight, look forward and take full, smooth strides with your legs. As you do this, pump your arms in a natural motion. @livestrong_com
  9. Tom Holland, a triathlete and physiologist in Darien, Connecticut, suggests watching a 30-minute TV program, like the nightly news. Increase your speed so that you’re running hard (about 80 percent of your maximum) during the commercials. When Katie Couric returns, slow your pace to an easy jog. @womenshealthmag 
  10. “Be playful with your treadmill workouts,” says Gregory Florez, a treadmill expert and CEO of Fit Advisor. com. “One day do a steady run, the next do intervals. Never get locked into the same routine, otherwise your body is going to adapt pretty quickly and you won’t get as much out of it.” @RunnersWorld

Treadmill workouts don’t have to be boring, hard on your body or only for cardio! These tricks remind us how much more treadmills can be used for. Would you add something? Share your trick with us & we’ll share it on Facebook for everyone! Use #MyTreadmillTrick 

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