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Treadmill workouts provide the best overall cardiovascular exercise. The treadmill is the number one exercise machine for those who want to lose weight so it is an investment in your health that will pay large returns if you are willing to push yourself for maximum benefits.
The number one fear that people have when investing in a home treadmill is that they simply will not use it. This is typical: the treadmill is delivered, set up and enjoyed for a few days. Then somehow it sits there, and sits, and sits until few months later you notice it is covered in dust or has become a glorified clothes rack. No worries, the good folks at TechMotion are determined to make sure this does not happen to you again!
Here are 5 easy ways to get the BEST use from your home treadmill workouts:
#1) Do your research first
Make sure you look at what each treadmill offers you and compare it to your unique needs.
For example, if you live in a small apartment or just like to things neat and tidy, a folding treadmill may be your best bet. If you want a folding treadmill, do you prefer a manual folding treadmill (like most folding treadmills) or do you want a shock-assisted folding treadmill with wheels on the bottom that’s easy to move?
If you like to drink water during your workout, make sure there is a water bottle holder included in the treadmill console. You may be surprised by just how many treadmills do not come standard with this feature.
Do you get bored easily and need a challenge? What about getting a treadmill with lots of user programs or one that is iFit compatible?
These things may seem little and maybe it might cost you a bit more; but if it means you’re actually going to enjoy your workout it will be well worth it!
#2) Place the treadmill in a sweet spot.
‘Sweet’ meaning a well-lit, open and stimulating area conducive to effective treadmill workouts. Do not situate your treadmill so that you face the wall when you walk or run. I have tried this this and my treadmill workouts did not last long! If you get bored easily, as I do, place the treadmill facing the television or with a view of any window where you can have an attractive view while working out.
Rooms and spaces have definite ‘feels’ to them and that will affect the success of your workouts. Make sure your treadmill is placed in an area that makes you feel energized, happy and mentally stimulated.
#3) Get your exercise arsenal ready BEFORE the treadmill arrives.
Do you like listening to fast music when you exercise? Do you like watching your favorite movies? What about reading magazines? What inspires you to work out and feel your best?
Get these things ready even before your treadmill arrives and you will be three-quarters of the way there. Have several workout or favorite CD’s around. Get your favorite movies or shows on tape. Gather your favorite magazines.
By having an ‘exercise’ stash around your treadmill, you will be inspired to workout while preventing you from looking for something to do when you want to start exercising.
Again, this may seem simple, but it works. This explains why gyms keeps magazines, televisions and CD players handy.
#4) Make an exercise plan.
Before you start working out, try making a plan, a “roadmap to your rock-hard body” so to speak. By writing down how long and what kind of workout you will be doing in week 1, 2, 3, 4, etc., you will get yourself psyched up for success.
Remember that every time you workout, you are planting the seeds for the kind of dream body that you want.
By having a plan, you can see just how many seeds you’ve planted and even how long it will take to start reaping the results. Have fun with it and you will be motivated to achieve your health goals and get maximum benefits from your treadmill.
#5) Track your progress
This is related to #4 but it is more of an ongoing thing. By tracking your progress every day, you get a major sense of accomplishment which snowballs into even greater fat-burning results.
We suggest that you set minimal goals such as “I’ll walk for at least 10 minutes” or “I’ll do 5-30 second intervals”; if you set goals that are easy to accomplish, then you will exceed them- which will encourage you even further with your treadmill workout. And once again, you are also receiving maximum benefits from your treadmill workouts!
Those are 5 ways to get best use from your home treadmill. Just remember that even a little bit of preparation will pay off in the long run. Let us know have you managed to stay motivated with your treadmill: leave a comment on here or visit us at TechMotion’s Facebook Page.