6 Tips for a Better Treadmill Workout in 2021
by Tanya Mcintosh
Since then, I have been ardently running on a treadmill without compromising on my sleep or warmth! It has been an integral part of my cardio session, and I would like to share the basics of a treadmill workout, what its advantages or disadvantages are and what factors to look at before purchasing treadmill equipment, if you are interested. I will also be sharing 6 tips for a better treadmill workout which have been personally tried and tested.
What is a Treadmill?
It features different settings such as speed and inclines, to provide variation to your experience. The incline setting provides an elevated or downward surface. Both settings help simulate an environment similar to that in reality.
What is a Treadmill Workout?
Nothing can substitute running outside, but a treadmill is an option that provides the closest alternative to it. A treadmill workout simulates a similar experience to running or walking out. The individual runs or walks atop a smooth vertical panel with automated controls for speed, incline, and so on.
The smooth surface of the treadmill absorbs ground reactions. It could save your bones from any unwanted injuries as compared to running outdoors. (Source)
Is a treadmill workout more beneficial than running?
What I love about working out on treadmills is how I get control over how I want to run or walk. The option to have a simulated environment through these controls makes it an indispensable tool in my daily exercise routine.
Running on a concrete surface is comparatively better as it reinforces your bones (Source). However, research has suggested that a similar effect of running outdoors can be achieved by setting the treadmill to a 1% grade. It can be for a specific pace of 7:09 or more (Source)
A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that an intensive treadmill workout will make you burn more calories than a similar workout using a stationary exercise bike or stair climber for the same period (Source)
Factors to consider while buying a treadmill.
Today’s market offers a lot of different types of treadmills, however here are some factors you can keep in mind before purchasing a treadmill:
So, if a machine says its maximum capacity is 200 lbs, it means 180 lbs is its actual threshold strength.
Space and Size:
You can look for one with a maximum ten-year guarantee. Generally, treadmills have a five year warranty period.
6 Tips for a Better Treadmill workout:
Bell Curve Approach:
The same applies for when you want to get off a treadmill. Many people make the mistake of abruptly stopping the treadmill or jumping right off it mid exercise. It could increase the risk of injuries. The correct way to get off a treadmill would be to follow the Bell Curve approach. Slow down the tempo of the treadmill, ease yourself, and then get off as the machine dies off.
Mix it up!:
You can incorporate the treadmill exercise into your circuit. After a treadmill run or walk, you can get off and do squats or lunges. Interval training on a treadmill is also an excellent option for fat-burning.
Let’s not forget that we are losing out sweat, with each passing second on the treadmill. Hydration is key to having consistent stamina throughout the exercise!
What are the Pros and Cons?
Softer surface preventing the risk of injuries:
Some treadmills have features like heart rate monitors and step counters, which provides you with an accurate reading of your vital stats as you exercise.
My journey to healthy living started with the conscious decision to put in the necessary effort required! Healthy living and fitness is a complete lifestyle change that I embraced. The zeal to be fit both mentally and physically gave way for TGFFitness! It is something which I am extremely proud of and would not trade for anything.
The determination to live a healthy life all comes from wanting a balance in my life. When my mind and body are disciplined and focused, nothing can rattle me easily! Learning to train your body and mind is the beginning of a healthy and happy life. After years of training and working, I can safely say that I am ready to help anyone who is in need of my expertise.