Do you need some tips for running on a treadmill? Here are a few ones to help you make the best of the machine. Hey, just because you can’t run on the road, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good workout.
First, try to change the incline of the treadmill to something more similar to a real road.
Very few roads are totally flat. Just pay attention and you’ll see. There is always some sort of slope or incline. It can be a tiny slope and you won’t see it easily, but it is there.
The slope in a road is at least about 1 feet vertical every 100 feet of road. In other words, for every 100 feet of road, you’ll be going up or down one foot. That is what they call 1 percent slope or incline.
Now, if you live in a city with lots of hills, that slope can vary from 1%, to up to 5% or even more. That’s the case for cities like San Francisco.
When you run on a treadmill you don’t have to run on flat. You can change the slope at any time. If the incline is zero percent, it means you are running on flat ground. With an incline of 2 percent, it means you are running uphill, just like on a typical street.
Running on a treadmill can be boring… very boring.
Even if you are watching TV or listening to some music, running in the same place for half an hour gets old quickly. Nothing compares to the freedom and fun of running on the street.
What can you do to avoid getting bored?
Add some variety to your workout. Use some of the presets in the machine to make things more interesting and you can get a great work out. Some of those workout programs are real killers.
Never forget your running form.
No matter where you run. If you run on a street, country road, grassy field, trail or treadmill, always keep your good running form.
When you run on a treadmill, you’ll feel like looking at the blinking lights and numbers on the dashboard. And here is the problem with this. When you look at the dashboard, your form suffers. You begin slouching and lowering your head.
To fix this, always keep your head straight. Keep your eyes looking ahead to the horizon. If you need to look at the dashboard and see how you are doing, do it quickly and regain your good form as soon as possible.
Treadmills are great machines to train, but they cannot replace running on the road. If you have to run on a treadmill, remember to change the incline to at least 1 percent. Also, use some of the workout presets in the machine to add some variety to your running. And finally, always, always keep your good running form.
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