Treadmill Workouts

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Cold, rainy or snowy weather does not mean you have to postpone your daily walk, run or jog. Treadmills are a great way to exercise at the gym or at home when walking, jogging or running outdoors is not an option. A treadmill workout doesn’t have to be boring. Treadmills can be used in a variety of ways to get a good workout. You can walk, jog, run, climb an incline or any combination of these exercises. If you have never used a treadmill before, find a personal fitness trainer for instructions on proper use of the equipment. Used properly, a treadmill is a safe way to get a good workout. 
Many treadmills can be programmed for interval training. Program your treadmill for a 30 minutes of a high intensity interval workout. Start your treadmill workout with a warm-up. Walk slowly with the treadmill not inclined for about 5 minutes and gradually increase the speed until you are walking at a moderately fast pace for 5 minutes. Slowly increase the incline until your heart rate and breathing increase. Now it’s time to pick up the pace and run 5 minutes. Slow the pace to a jog for another 5 minutes. Power walk for 5 minutes and then increase the incline on the treadmill and climb walk for 5 minutes. Cool down by walking at a relaxed pace for the final 5 minutes. Increase the amount of time spent on each interval as your endurance increases. 

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