Are you making these mistakes!
A treadmill is unquestionably one of the most popular workout machines. Whenever you step into a gym, you will find people roaming around it waiting for their turn. Rarely you will see it vacant. It is the best machine for those who do not have time to run outdoors. But simply putting one foot in front of the other on the treadmill won’t help you much. Running on a treadmill might look like a simple exercise to you, but doing it mindlessly might sabotage your workout and even cause injury.
Here are 5 common mistakes most people make while running on a treadmill.
You are taking long strides
It is obvious to worry about your strides when you are running on a treadmill. But this can divert your focus and you might fall. Don’t stress a lot about it. Your legs will figure out the distance on its own. If you are constantly looking down and purposely trying to take big steps, your body weight will land in front of you, which is not so good for the knees.
You are holding the bar
If you are someone who holds the bar of the treadmill all the time then there is bad news for you. First of all, you are actually burning fewer calories by not swinging your hands and secondly, you are messing up with your posture. Try to walk naturally as you would normally walk outdoors. If you are finding it difficult to keep up with the pace then reduce the speed or reduce the incline.
You are not doing warm-up
Warm-up is necessary before and after every workout and the same rule applies when you run on a treadmill. Most people just jump on the treadmill and start running at a fast speed. Their body cannot maintain the pace for a very long time and as a result, the speed decreases. The best way to run on a treadmill is to start slow. Begin with walking, then jog and then start running. This way you will burn more calories and won’t hurt yourself.
You are doing the same exercise
There are multiple exercises that you can do on a treadmill. You might be comfortable with the kind of exercise you are doing right now, but it is important to change your workout plan from time to time. When you follow the same routine, your body starts burning fewer calories. After every two-three weeks change your workout routine.
Holding your breath
Holding the breath is the most common mistake people make while performing any kind of workout. Just like your legs, your lungs are also good at doing their job. You have to keep breathing while running. Do not hold your breath or try to control it. Stay calm and keep moving.