You go to the gym every day, or perhaps you have your very own gym at home. Either way, chances are that your very first activity at the gym is to hop on top of a treadmill and walk or jog for 15-30 minutes. This is the regular routine for most people who workout, since walking or jogging is great to warm up the body and to prepare it for the rest of the workout routine. Some days, when you are giving your body a break, a simple walk may be enough to keep your body going. Similarly, if you are walking on a steep incline or if you are running at a high speed, that can be the only workout your body needs!
In any case, treadmills are great and we think everyone should have access to one, if they do not have the time to go outdoors for a jog or live somewhere they don’t have the option to climb slopes. However, to make sure that you are getting the most out of your treadmill, you should know it inside out. Here are some tips to help you out!
Know the treadmill inside out
If you are a regular treadmill user, you should be able to tell when you get on top of a poorly functioning one. Machines that have not been lubricated with a good treadmill lubricant, or have not been oiled at all, tend to be difficult to walk on. Without a treadmill belt lubricant, the belt can feel rough, difficult to move on, slower, or even noisy. In case a poor quality treadmill lubricant has been used, you might even find the machine overheating. In such cases, you won’t get the most out of your treadmill. If you are at the gym, make sure you find one that runs smoothly and without any noise; at home, make sure you invest in a good quality treadmill belt lubricant to keep your machine going!
Your posture matters the most
Many people tend to look at their feet when walking on a treadmill. Others are used to constantly holding the bars while walking, especially on an inclined deck. Experts say that looking down at your feet and holding the bars constantly both ruin your posture, putting pressure on the wrong areas. This can actually cause undue strain and burn lesser fat. Look straight ahead and keep your arms parallel, held loosely at a 90 degree angle to your body.
Don’t make the steps too big
A longer stride may seem to have more of an effect, but it doesn’t. It ruins the form and takes unnecessary energy, shortening the workout and not letting you exercise the essential areas enough.
Don’t use it too much
Working your muscles out is great; making them sore is not! Remember to reach the ideal elevated heart rate, but don’t let it rest at that for too long. If your body hurts after your workout or you experience extreme shortness of breath, you are overdoing it.
Keep your treadmill workout an appropriate length, keep your posture right, and make sure you’re on a good treadmill!