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Treadmills on for granted. They’re considered the easiest, way to do cardio. Many of us don’t use the treadmill to its full capacity. Here’s how you can get more out of your treadmill workout.

Maximize Your Treadmill Cardio

Ah! The treadmill, a cardio classic. The perfect place to waste time at the gym, or so you might think. There’s a reason why the treadmill is a gym staple; it’s a very versatile machine. Many of us don’t exploit its full potential. We just use it to walk or run. If you want to make the most out of your treadmill cardio, check out these easy tips.

Have a Plan

To maximize your treadmill workout, you should plan your strategy. Start by setting out your sports training goals. Do you want to build endurance for long distances, prepare for a marathon, or are you just interested in losing fat? Take a little time to research the best training to get your desired results. It’s always good to have a plan so you won’t fall into the same treadmill routine day after day. Not much into planning? One of the expert personal trainers at Athletic Republic of Orange County can help you design a plan to reach your goals.

Find the Perfect Mix

Research proves that listening to music while working out distracts you from “negative body awareness” and encourages you to power through minor muscle aches. Researchers have also found that runners who watch videos or listen to music tend to burn more calories and run faster than runners with no distractions. So get that perfect playlist ready for your run!

Warm up

Many sports injuries are caused by not warming up before a workout, especially a high-intensity one. A proper warm-up will make your muscles more elastic and limber. Some people use the treadmill for 5-10 minutes to warm up before doing other types of exercise, but just because you will be running, it doesn’t mean you get to skip this part. So walk those 5- 10 minutes with the sole purpose of warming up. Do some dynamic stretches to elevate your heart rate while you walk. Get your body ready to work.

Maintain a Good Form

You’re an athlete, and you already know the importance of keeping a good form while training. Posture can make all the difference when you exercise. It can help you reach the results you want and reduce your injury risk. Avoid hunching while you’re on the treadmill or let your back suffer the consequences. The ideal running form should go like this: shoulders down and relaxed, back straight, and look ahead. If you can hear your feet thumping on the band, you’re in bad form. Check out this article in Runners World to learn more about the perfect running form.

Let Go

The handles on the treadmill are there to help you out if your exercise is getting a little troublesome. But relying on them throughout your whole workout, will not let you get everything you can out of your treadmill session. It’s better to make your legs and core do the work. You can bring some weights to get your arms in on the action. A professional sports trainer can guide you through your workout and help you reach your athletic potential. Your trainer can also help you get the most out of the treadmill. You can call Athletic Republic of Orange County at (714) 972-2762 to learn about their sports training methods.

Increase the Level of Inclination

Many people don’t use the incline function on a treadmill, and they’re missing out on so much. The incline level can add intensity and variety to your workout without needing to increase your speed. Raise the level of inclination and work different parts of your legs and core. Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone and get a more intense workout.

Try a HIIT Workout

Maximize your training routine with a HIIT workout (High-Intensity Interval Training). HIIT workout consists of alternating periods of high intensity with low-intensity periods for recovery, and the treadmill is the ideal place to try them out. Improve your endurance by running for one minute and slowing down for 30 seconds.

Mix it up

Simply walking or running on the treadmill can become boring fast. Not to mention that your body can get used to the movements and you’ll get stuck on a plateau with no further progress. You need to take advantage of all the features your treadmill provides and switch up your workout. You can do some lunges while you walk to help you increase your lean muscle mass and reduce fat. Maybe try walking sideways on low speed to give your inner and outer thighs a workout.

Talk to the Professional Sports Training Experts in Athletic Republic

A professional sports trainer can help you maximize your training and get you where you want to be, sports wise. You can learn about the scientifically-proven training methods at Athletic Republic of Orange County by calling them at (714) 972-2762. Don’t forget to schedule a free session!