A lot of us incorporate treadmills as part of our training. They are convenient, weather-independent, and easier on our joints. But is there a right way or wrong way to do a treadmill workout?

Whether it be inclement weather, hotel amenity on an out of town trip, or squeezing in a morning workout before the kids get up, treadmills can be a convenient weapon in our struggle to get our weekday workouts done. But there are a few things to remember when running or walking on a treadmill.

  • Pay attention. Daydreamers have been known to fall off the back of a treadmill.
  • Don’t forget to warm-up and cool-down. It’s easy to jump on a treadmill and set your desired pace without consideration of a 5 or 10 minute warm-up like you would outside.
  • Don’t hold the handrails. They are there for your safety, but you shouldn’t be running while holding on the entire time.
  • Be careful getting on and getting off. A lot of treadmills don’t like you standing on the belt when it starts, so straddling the moving beltway and then holding the rails to ease on is a good plan. Likewise, grab the rails and straddle when you need to stop or rest, too.

There are a lot of benefits to using a treadmill. It’s safe to wear headphones, it’s easier on our body, and you can even simulate race conditions. For even more benefits, check out this article for even more benefits.

Of course, if you find yourself getting bored on the treadmill, you can also try this. Though we don’t advise it. 🙂

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