You might think that walking on a treadmill is one of the easiest workouts ever. Well, it’s definitely not the most difficult… But, that doesn’t mean you don’t have any protocol to follow. Remember these five tips next time you head to the gym, and you’ll enjoy a more successful treadmill workout.
Remember to warm up. Yes, you need to warm up for walking! Start off at an easy, comfortable pace for five minutes or so, then gradually crank up the speed. This protects your muscles from sudden strain, and you from early burnout.
Use correct posture. Resist the urge to walk, head tilted down, watching the treadmill screen. You can glance down and check those numbers occasionally, but make an effort to walk more naturally, facing forward. You don’t want to strain your neck by using an unnatural posture.
Concentrate on a natural stride. Some people unnaturally alter their stride when using treadmills, by walking too close to the front of the machine or too far at the back of it. Your stride should feel comfortable, just like you’re walking outdoors. Focus on pushing off of your rear foot, because this is where you get your power and speed.
Try the pre-programmed workouts. If your machine offers them, try one of the pre-programmed workouts. It’s good to break out of your routine, and these workouts will challenge you to work a bit harder.
Be safe. Take care when mounting and dismounting the machine, and watch for loosely hanging towels or other items that could pose a tripping hazard. And while it’s temping, please resist the urge to talk on your phone while using the treadmill!
Of course, we also recommend that you make an appointment with us for a checkup, if you’re considering a new or more difficult workout routine. We can screen you for underlying conditions that might make your exercise plans complicated for you. And, if you’re interested in a weight loss plan, we can help with that as well.