For many, these are the months of the treadmill. Regardless of where you fall on the treadmill love/hate spectrum, running indoors can be incredibly effective. First of all, treadmills are safe. There is no uneven terrain, no icy patches, no dark roads or cars headed in your direction. Second, treadmills are convenient. They allow you to have all your food and nutrition, you can multitask with news and/or music, and they are located in almost every gym on the planet. Finally, treadmills are a consistent workout tool: not only do you get the same run every time, but you get to run in a temperature-controlled environment with similar terrain and conditions
Use it for interval training
One of the major benefits for training on the treadmill is that it makes interval training much easier than the open road. For those not in the know, interval training or it’s more high intensity variety called High Intensity Interval Training or in short HIIT is an amazing cardio routine to lose weight fast and burn excess calories. You can incorporate HIIT into your cardio regime on the treadmill to take it to the next level. Here’s an example of a sample plan:
• Warm up for 3 minutes at 6 km/h
• Switch the speed to 10km/h for 2 minutes and then bring it back to 6 km/h
• Repeat this for at least 4 sets so that total exercise lasts 15 minutes
• Walk on the treadmill at 6 km/h for a cool down period
Give it some incline
While running on a treadmill it is important to use the incline feature of in order to reap the maximum benefits and calorie burn during your run. Even a 1% incline (most machines 1-15) will help you burn more calories than walking on level ground.
The treadmill can be a beneficial tool when it comes to training during the winter months. Be sure to continue to challenge yourself and not get in a “rut” with your training, doing the same thing every day. Through keeping these tips in mind you can keep fit throughout the winter.