Running in general is a great workout, but running outdoors is especially nice. You get to enjoy the fresh air, the scenery, and a few moments alone in your head – it’s a little break from your busy life!
But what happens when the weather won’t allow you to run outdoors comfortably? Or what if you don’t have a place to go where it’s safe to run outside?
If you’re like most people, you hop on a treadmill. And that’s good – treadmill workouts can be great for you if done correctly!
Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind next time you decide to work out on a treadmill at the gym:
When using a treadmill, try to avoid wearing overly loose clothing that could get caught in it. Instead, opt for more fitted clothes.
And, if you sweat a lot, you may want to consider wearing shorts as opposed to pants. If it’s too cold outside to wear shorts, just layer a pair of sweatpants over your shorts and take them off once you get inside – easy peasy!
Bring the right gear
Most people would agree that it’s a lot more fun to run when you’re listening to your favorite music. So, make sure you bring a pair of headphones that you can plug in to your phone while you run. If you’re the forgetful type, you may want to buy an extra pair of headphones or earbuds and leave them in your car so you never forget them when you’re going to the gym.
Also, bring a large bottle of cold water and a hand towel (some gyms offer these at no cost – check with your gym to see if they do). That way, you can stay hydrated and dry!
Starting off your workout by running quickly isn’t safe or good for your body. So, make sure you stretch a bit before your hop on the treadmill, and begin by walking or jogging on it at a slow speed. That way, you lower your risk of injury.
Use the incline
Increasing the incline while you run is a great way to intensify your workout and burn more calories without having to step foot off the treadmill!
Keep in mind that you’ll need to keep good form for the workout to be effective. Take your hands off the rails, and avoid leaning back. If you feel like you have to hold on or lean back, you may want to decrease the incline until you’ve built up enough endurance to handle more.
Try high intensity interval training (HIIT)
Interval training has become incredibly popular because it’s a quick, effective way to work out and lose more weight.
To do a HIIT workout on the treadmill, simply alternate running fast (really fast) with running at a normal pace. For example, you can try 45 seconds of running at your top speed then slowing down to your regular pace for 1 minute. Everybody has a different endurance level, so figure out what kind of HIIT workout is best for you specifically.
And don’t forget to include a source of protein in your diet, like Promax protein bars, to help your muscles recover from your treadmill workouts! For more information about Promax, check out our product page or our blog.