The 6 Best Treadmill Tips
Looking to use your treadmill for starting a walking routine? Here are some tips to keep in mind when you want to use a treadmill on a regular basis.
1. Stretch Before and After Your Workout
People often think that if they aren’t doing a weight training routine or running a few miles, they don’t need to stretch. Don’t make this mistake! You still need to stretch even if you plan on doing a short workout on the treadmill.
You want to get your legs, hips, and upper body all stretched out and ready to go. Some people prefer a short warm-up before stretching, but this isn’t always necessary. Touch your toes, do leg swings, try a few squats or lunges, and stretch your arms and shoulders all before a workout.
2. Start Slow and Steady
Remember if you haven’t been walking regularly or are new to using the treadmill, you want to start slow and steady. Do not just go from having no workout routine, to walking 5 miles on the treadmill or for an hour or so in your neighborhood. Chances are, this is going to lead to sore and tired muscles, and cause you to burnout very fast.
Take your typical amount of walking now, and just add to it. This might be walking for 15 minutes instead of 5-10, or adding 1,000 steps to your day, depending on how you choose to track your walking routine.
3. Wear the Right Shoes
Make sure you are using trainers or running shoes that fit well and can be used on the treadmill. The shoes depend entirely on the type of workout you will be doing. If you are going to walk, then jog or run on the treadmill, wear running shoes. Otherwise, typical walking or athletic shoes are just fine. It is a good idea to go to a shoe store and find someone knowledgeable at the fit and type of shoe, whether you have flat feet or an arch, or you are struggling on finding the right size.
4. Choose a Designated Time Beforehand
It can be really easy to make your treadmill walk as short as possible, but you can prevent this by choosing a designated amount of time before you even start walking. Whether you are following along with a walking challenge that tells you exactly how long to walk for, or you want to select a distance to walk before you stop, make sure you are fully aware before you get started.
If you don’t do this, it is much easier to just walk the bare minimum with barely breaking a sweat, before you give up.
5. Bring Entertainment
Let’s be honest – the treadmill is boring! It’s not like when you are walking outside and can enjoy nature. You are probably just looking at the treadmill, the inside of a gym, or a wall in your home. Make sure you have something to watch or listen to while finishing your workout.
If your treadmill is at home, it is easy to turn on the TV or just listen to music without needing ear buds, as long as it won’t be distracting to other people who are at home. At the gym, bring along your phone and some ear buds so you can listen to music, watch something on your phone, or listen to a podcast while you walk.
6. Challenge Yourself When You’re Ready
Starting slow is a great option if you aren’t accustomed to walking or exercise in general, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself when the time is right. This might mean increasing your speed after your initial warmup, trying out different inclines, or just walking farther than you have been.