The treadmill is probably the most popular machine in the gym. But, most of the time people are ignorant about the hidden benefits that it has to offer. So, without much adieu, I present to you a bag full of tips and tricks to maximize your returns while on the treadmill.
Tip #1: Maintain Posture
While walking on the treadmill, focus on your posture. Always stand straight with your shoulders back, relax and in line with your spine. By maintaining this position you’ll recruit more of your core muscles including your abs.
Tip #2: Breathe Effectively
Oxygen is the fuel that burns fat. In order to burn more amount of fat while exercising, you need to breathe effectively. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. While inhaling, allow your chest to expand, while exhaling, focus on contracting your abs.
Tip #3: Incorporate Your Arms
In order to prevent injury, start your workout with a slow warm-up. When you feel you’ve hit your stride, let go. Begin to incorporate your arms in your workout. Use a low, swinging back and forth motion while concentrating on maintaining bounce. The upper body movement helps to increase your capacity to burn fat by increasing your heart rate. As an added challenge, try raising your arms over your head or lifting them to the side, this will give you maximum calorie burn.
Tip #4: Vary Exercise Intensity
One of the most effective exercise techniques is called interval training. Interval training is a workout technique that incorporates varying exercise intensities. Challenge yourself with a combination of run-walk or by varying the incline. Try this workout method to accelerate fat loss.
Tip #5: Increase Resistance
To ensure continued progress, push the envelope a bit. There’s no better way to achieve your fitness goals faster than by using extra resistance. Incorporate light wrist and ankle weights into your workout. Increasing the resistance level will undoubtedly help you to tone your muscles and burn more calories. Raise and lower your arms in a bicep curl, to the side, to the front or over your head. Synchronize these motions with a deliberate stride. Beginners should do three sets of 10 reps with a one minute rest in between each set.