Posted on 2015-11-05
Tips For Maximizing Your Treadmill Workout
We constantly consume calories, only to try to get rid of as soon as possible. Treadmills are one of the best ways to burn calories. These simple tips will help increase your calorie burn for every treadmill workout.
Start With A Plan
All paths to success come from setting goals. Planning ahead can make all the difference in burning extra calories to tone and tighten your body.
- Pre-programmed Workout - iFit® on NordicTrack treadmills provides new and original treadmill workouts for you daily. You never need to think. Just run and adjust while the treadmill guides you to success.
- Custom Workout - If you prefer to be more hands on, you can write your own workout and place it on the screen in front. Watch the timer, hit your speeds and inclines and be your own personal trainer for the day.
- CrossFit Workouts - Crossfit is known for its machine-less, high intensity workouts. These treadmill workouts for the CrossFit enthusiasts will align perfectly with your high power, high concentration CrossFit goals.
The less you have to think about during a workout, the more you can focus on form and breathing properly. A synched body performs more efficiently and helps go further. With proper focus, you can add miles to your distance.
Utilize The Controls
So often people only push the start button at the beginning and the end button to turn the treadmill off. You can majorly benefit from learning and utilizing the controls on your treadmill.
- Speed Swap - Unless you’re marathon training, your treadmill speed should increase every minute. The more you toggle the speed, the harder you work to keep up. You can also do great interval training on your treadmill by alternating the speed. This gets your heart rate up and down and your whole body experiencing a great cardio workout.
- Hit Those Hills - Adding inclines to your workout will always cause you to burn more calories. This is another great tool to use in interval training. Even adding a one percent incline to your normal flat workout will engage more muscles and lead to more calories and fat burning.Incline running isolates your glutes. Your glutes are the largest muscle group on your body. Developed muscle helps burn more calories. The bigger the muscle, the more you’ll burn.
Food & Nutrients
If your body lacks fuel or isn’t hydrated, workouts tend to end faster than expected. Keep your body energized and hydrated so you can get a quality workout that’s worth your time.
- Hydration - The average person should be drinking 2.5-3 liters of water daily depending on their weight. If you plan to train, you should add about 6 oz for every 15-20 minutes you run. If you’re using caffeine or pre-workout drinks, you’ll need to increase your water intake as well.
- Nutrition - What you eat depends on what type of workout you’re aiming for. If you plan to do some HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training) on the treadmill, simple carbs such as fruit and vegetables are great for instant short bursts of energy. If you’re planning to go the distance, think complex carbs. Brown rice, whole wheat pasta, grains and sweet potatoes will provide energy for the long haul.
Our bodies love to be surprised. The more dynamic your daily workouts are, the better your body will respond. Use these tips to keep your body guessing. Change your routine every other day or week to work different muscle groups in awesome new ways.