Did you know you can get creative with treadmill exercises?
The treadmill isn’t just meant for running and walking. You can actually perform a number of fun and challenging exercises on the treadmill that will take your body to the next level. This is great news for most of us who dread spending time on a machine that doesn’t move us very far!
As you explore this creative side of the treadmill, always err on the side of safety, because one wrong move can send you flying!
Let’s go over a couple of ways you can get creative and spice up your treadmill exercises.
- Shuffle: If you’re just starting out with this move, I’d suggest beginning at a slow walking speed until you get familiar with it. Hold on to the railing as well.You can adjust the intensity by increasing the speed, dropping lower into a squat-shuffle position and raising the incline. This is a fantastic move that works several muscles in the legs and core, as well as blasts major calories.
- Skip: Yes, you can actually skip on the treadmill! Just like the first move, make sure you start slow and are focusing on what you’re doing, especially as a beginner. Once you get your bearings, you can really explode with this move and work on some interval training and plyometrics simply by jumping higher in the skip and playing with the incline and speed options.
- Walking lunge: This move can really be a multitasker by working your legs, agility and cardio at the same time. Make use of the railings or handrail in front of you and make sure you stay upright as you lunge down. Keep the speed slower, especially at first, and enjoy the countless lunges you can do as a result of choosing to perform this traditional leg exercise on the treadmill!