When people buy their NordicTrack treadmills from us here at NordicTrackCoupons.com we not only want to give them the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to their exercise equipment, but we want to ensure they get the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to their treadmill workouts.
Unfortunately many people think that all there is to using a treadmill is hopping on and pressing start, then occasionally adjusting their speed as they go along, yet there can be so much more to a treadmill workout session than that. So to ensure our readers get the most out of their sweat sessions, and are not wasting their time and money, here are some Important Tips to Remember to Get The Most from Your Treadmill Workouts from FitRated.com:
Utilize the Heart Rate Monitor
We’ve gone over this one before in a previous post Should I Use a Heart Rate Monitor, that a heart rate monitor can be a very helpful tool in your cardio workouts. Heart rate monitors allow you to assess how hard or how easy you are really going.
You may be thinking you are going to the extreme, then take a look at your heart rate and notice they aren’t really pushing themselves as hard as they could be. Or think you are doing just fine, when really your heart rate may be above that danger threshold and you need to pace yourself back a bit. Heart rate monitors help you find that intensity range that’s right for you to give you a better workout!
Add Incline and Boost the Intensity
We’ve discussed this one as well in Why Incline? The importance of utilizing your incline function can either make or break your workout. Many people think that speed is the only way to adjust your intensity, yet incline can do just that as well.
Don’t get us wrong, speed is definitely going to add a challenge to your sessions and you should incorporate this into your workouts as well, it is just not the only way. Incline can add challenge and intensity to your treadmill workouts as well.
From the previously mentioned Fit Rated article, “by adding incline, you’ll stimulate more overall lower body strength and power development, meaning you’ll actually get more of an anabolic response from the session.” This means you will burn more calories in the end by stimulating more muscles and increasing your strength, while still giving you that good cardio workout!
Pay Attention to Foot Position
Make sure you pay attention to your foot position and maintain proper running form to ensure you are getting the most from your treadmill runs. This will help you to burn the most about of calories and make sure you are not just wasting your time.
Because the treadbelt does slightly pull you along, this causes many people to get lazy and lose their proper running form. Be sure you look straight, that your knees are tracking properly over your toes, and that you are not holding on to the railings at all.
By maintaining proper running form you ensure that your core is tightened, engage more muscles, and therefore burn more calories. Keeping proper form also helps to avoid unnecessary injuries as well!
Check out these articles for more tips to ensure you are getting the most from your treadmill workouts: