Burn Hundreds of Extra Calories With These 5 Treadmill Tweaks
Bad weather can’t get in the way of your treadmill runs! That’s what’s so great about running inside. But if you’ve hit a plateau with your workouts or you’re not losing as much weight as you think you should| follow these calorie-burning tips the next time you hop on the moving belt.
| Bring Hills Indoors
Pumping up the incline will not only help prevent shin splints| but it also tones your tush| thighs| and calves while burning extra calories. After a 30-minute workout at a 10-minute-per-mile pace| you’ll burn 270 calories with no incline| 363 with a five percent incline| 420 with a 10 percent incline| and 482 with a 15 percent incline (crazy steep| I know).
| Slow and Steady Doesn’t Always Win the Race
On long| slow runs when you need to take it easy| it’s great to travel along at a consistent pace. But during your intense workouts| take advantage of intervals. By alternating between running a few minutes at a moderate pace and throwing in sprinting bursts| you’ll end up burning more calories| building your endurance| and becoming a faster| stronger runner. Not to mention| intervals have also been proven to fight belly fat.
| I Think I Can| I Think I Can
Whether you prefer chugging along at a consistent speed or doing intervals| to get the most out of your workouts| you’ve got to make continued progress. One way to do that is to gradually increase your speed. Don’t jump from 10-minute miles to eight-minute miles because you could seriously hurt yourself. Instead increase your pace just slightly so your body has time to adjust.
| Compete Against Friends (or Strangers)
If you hit the gym with a buddy| do your workouts on side-by-side treadmills. You can use one another’s energy for motivation to run faster or longer than you would if you were alone. If you’re at the gym solo| find a stranger on a treadmill to secretly race with.
| No Need to Hold On For Dear Life
You should be moving at a pace that’s fast enough to get your heart and muscles working| but not so speedy that you have to hold on in order to prevent falling. When you release your grasp of the handles| it allows you to swing your arms| which will not only burn more calories| but will also tone your core and upper body. Holding on can also contribute to bad posture| which can lead to back and shoulder pain.