Running is known to be one of the best forms of cardio, and helps work out your entire body. It’s proven to be effective for blood circulation, muscle strengthening, and most importantly - the heart.
However, just because it’s good for you doesn't mean it’s easy. Sometimes it can even be intimidating. That is, until you learn the technique to make it fun!
Here are our top tips to get more enjoyment out of a treadmill
Know the right form
Running is never easy at first. And it’s important to know this, so it doesn’t put you off from continuing. If you’re not used to exercising, it’s best to build up a base level of fitness first. Start by a slow pace without any incline. Getting familiar with a treadmill or bike means you understand your body better and reduce the likeliness of injury. After a few sessions and once you’re comfortable with this, then you can start to increase the speed and also try different programs.
Set the mood
Put on workout wear that gets you motivated. Also try putting together a music playlist on your phone or other device. This can make a big difference to your emotional connection to a workout and get you to a place where you actually enjoy and look forward to doing it again.
Mix things up
Fitness equipment is great to set and forget. But if you’re in the mood to try something different, why not grab some weights or a mat and try interval training. This means you get the great benefits of cardio from your machine with some added strength training in between.
Make the most of technology
Why not download some fun apps. There are so many available these days to help beginners, like Couch to 5k
or the Nike+ Running
app which is one of our favourites.
This one might take a bit of getting used to, by remind yourself each day why you are working out. This keeps the motivation going. Whether it be to drop a dress size, feel fabulous or set a good example for the kids. Once you get your mind in the game, it makes it easy for your body to get the job done.
While running is an excellent way to exercise, we all have our less motivating days. So when this happens, try some other home workouts like a yoga session or even household chores that can keep your body moving.
What’s your favourite workout? Leave your two cents in the comments below!