While there is nothing better than running outside, the unpredictable weather, dark nights and dodgy pavements make it challenging at the best of times. With a treadmill at home you can enjoy the variation of different workout, without having to leave the comfort of your own home.
Getting started: If you’re a new runner, why not try a 30 minute power walk beginner’s workout? By power walking, you will gain many benefits. It will get your heart rate up and train your body ready for faster speeds and greater distance. If the workout feels too hard or too easy, try adjusting the speed and incline, but remember to give your body time to adjust to the workout at first. Once you feel at ease with the treadmill, why not aim to burn off about 300 calories per hour, if you are struggling for time, try aiming for 300 calories by increasing the speed and training for 45 mins at a time.
Now on to the sprints. When you feel like you have mastered the power walk, try upping the pace with the sprints. A 30 minute workout is a great way to start increasing your speed and distance Try alternating between a power walk and sprint and you will soon start to see the benefits as your stamina and fitness levels increases.
Alternative intervals: Stop the boredom setting in with this 30-minute interval treadmill workout. By changing your running speed every minute, you’ll also be keep any weight gains at bay. If you have more time to spare, try running for 45 mins at a time.
Get in, and get out : If you’re short on time but still want to get in a solid run, then try to run for 20 minutes at a time on the treadmill. Not only will you play with speed, but the incline also gradually increases, which means you’ll get a challenging workout in under 30 minutes!
The 500-calorie workout: If you can run for about 60 minutes per day to with this high-interval treadmill workout, then you’ll burn about 500 calories. Doing it four times a week, and you are well on your way to losing half a pound.
Rolling hills: For a bit of variation and a challenging workout, the rollings hills workout give you the feeling of running through hills without even having to leave your home. After doing the incline variations in this workout, running on a pavement or park will seem very easy in comparison!
Cheryl, Haywards Heath