The treadmill is a very simple exercise device which delivers incredible benefits to those wishing to get into great shape. Through having access to a treadmill, you can walk, jog, or run not matter what time of the day it is, no matter what the weather is like outside, and all throughout the year.
Effort is the Key
While the treadmill will always remain a very simple piece of exercise equipment in concept, you do need to put a bit of effort into getting the most out of your sessions on one. A few insightful tips can take you a great way as far as improving your treadmill conditioning workouts are concerned.
Once you have improved your conditioning, you will discover many other excellent improvements in your health. And remember, “The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Tips to Increase Treadmill Workout Results
- Try to avoid running on the treadmill cold. A little “pre-treadmill cardio” can prove to be quite helpful. If you are in the gym, you may wish to warm up for ten minutes on a stationary bike or an elliptical trainer for ten minutes. At home, ten minutes of jumping rope might be a wise idea.
- You should have the proper amount of calories in your system when you hit the treadmill. Running on an empty stomach is a help if you wish to target stored fat. However, if you are trying to increase your cardio, endurance, and conditioning, you will need some carbs and protein in your system in order to support your workout session.
- Drinking a carbohydrate based fuel supplement might be a wise idea if your conditioning routine is intended to be a very strenuous one. (Your goal with such a session would be for the purpose of greatly boosting endurance) Drinking a pre-workout drink 20 minutes prior to your session on the treadmill can help ensure you do not become tired or worn out and you will also discover you get quite the lift during the treadmill sessions thanks to the added glycogen in the muscles.
- Altering the workout is a must if you want to be sure it always remains productive. Many Horizon treadmill reviews point this out. This does not mean you always have to come up with a completely new exercise or running program each and every time you step on the treadmill, but you don’t want to stick with the same routine time and time again. Your body will get used to it and future improvements will slow down.
- Performing “incline intervals” can be a novel way to get the most out of your workout sessions on the treadmill. How does it work? You start by running on the treadmill when it is supine (flat) and then changing the incline to make it steeper. Increase the angle three times with each angle being run on for 30 seconds. This will be followed by descending the steepness of the incline until it becomes supine once again. Each descending incline is to be run on for 30 seconds. This might sound easy on the surface but it definitely will help improve your conditioning immensely.
- Weaving strength training in with your treadmill workouts can prove to be a really great idea. Among the most obvious benefits would be you would increase your lean muscle mass which would definitely lead to the development of an excellent physique.
- Physical aesthetics are not the only benefits to be gained from performing strength training workouts in conjunction with your treadmill sessions. Strength training can have a very positive impact on muscular endurance. The greater your muscular endurance is then the longer your sessions can be since you will not suffer the muscle fatigue cutting your treadmill workouts short.
Simple Yet Effective
“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” Kenneth H. Cooper. Those are words to live by when you are weighing your options to start working out on a treadmill.
A treadmill workout is rather simple on most levels. However, such a simple device also opens the door for some truly amazing results. Following a few simple and basic treadmill cardio and conditioning tips can help tremendously in this regard. You just might end up very surprised at the incredible improvements in cardiovascular conditioning you achieve!
Even though he is in his late 30’s, Anthony Munroe invests a lot of time training for and competing in extreme and combat sports. Treadmill exercises help him prepare for these events. He lives on both the east and west coast and enjoys writing articles for Treadmilltalk.com.
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