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You may think of the treadmill as one of those machines at the gym that's boring and won't help you achieve your goals. However, that's far from the truth: the treadmill helps you track your progress, train different areas, and allows you to go at your own pace. If anything, you just need to learn how to take full advantage of this equipment. For a few tips on the matter, continue reading.

How to Improve Your Workouts on the Treadmill

Gather the Supplies You Need

When you start your workout, you just want to keep going. If you stop, you may end up getting discouraged and frustrated. For that reason, the first tip in this post is to make sure that you have everything you'll need while on the treadmill. These items can be: your water bottle, a towel to dry your sweat, and your music (cell phone and earphones, for example). Ensure they're all there, so you don't have to stop halfway through your workout to fetch them.

Warm Up Beforehand

Your body should be warm before you start exercising intensely. As you may be aware, this makes your muscles more elastic, which helps you avoid injuries. For that reason, it's a good idea to start your treadmill workout with some light stretches. It's also highly recommended to do dynamic stretches (stretching while moving) to slowly elevate your heart rate. To that end, go at a slower pace at first to help your body get ready to work out.

Keep Good Form

As an athlete, you know the importance of having good form when working out. If you don't have it, you risk injury, and you won't get the results you want out of the moves. This is also true for the treadmill; hunching while you walk/run can have dire consequences on your back. Instead, be mindful of your posture and stand up straight with your shoulders down and relaxed, and your chin parallel to the floor. This will also help you work your core as you go.

Don't ;Depend on the Handles

The handles on the front and/or the sides of the treadmill are there to help you out if you're having trouble with the exercise. However, if you're relying on them a little bit too much, you may not be getting everything you can out of your treadmill workout. It's better to let go of them and to actually use your legs and core to help you keep going. You should try to move your arms as you go to keep them busy. If you need an expert who can guide you through your workouts and help you reach ;your athletic potential, call ;Athletic Republic ;at ;724-933-4317. They work with scientifically-proven methods, so trust in them ;if you're searching for professional ;sports training.

Increase the Level of Inclination

Most treadmills give you the option to play with the level of inclination. This can allow you to walk/run on different kinds of terrains, as well as help you work on different parts of your legs and core. That's why you should take advantage of this feature. Moreover, if you don't increase the incline at all, it's as if the machine was doing the workout for you. So next time you hop on the treadmill, challenge yourself and increase the incline.

Try a HIIT Workout on the Treadmill

The treadmill also lets you increase or decrease the speed at which you advance. This is perfect for ;a HIIT workout (a.k.a. High-Intensity Interval Training). A HIIT workout consists of alternating between periods of high intensity training with lower intensity periods to recover, and it can help you with your endurance. You can try it on the treadmill: sprint for 2 ;minutes, speed walk for 1, and start again for 15 minutes total.

Change Your Routine Regularly

As a last tip, if you want your treadmill training to continue being effective and help you get better as an athlete, you will need to change your routine every so often (maybe every couple of weeks). This is because your body can get used to the movements, which means you won't get as much as out of them. If you want to continue improving, challenge your body. Maybe one week you can work on strength, another on endurance, and another on speed; all using the different features in the treadmill to help you achieve your goals.

Trust in Athletic Republic for Professional Sports Training

Remember that if you're searching for a professional sports trainer who can help you unlevel the playing field in your favor, you can turn to ;Athletic Republic. Call 724-933-4317 for more information on their scientifically-proven methods, or if you require professional ;sports training. ;