Ice and snow outside? Treadmills offer a convenient way to get your workouts in even when it’s dark and snowy.
Running on a treadmill is not the exact same as running outside; the belt moves under you and keeps moving even when you get tired. That being said it is better than sitting on the couch. Here are some tips to make the most of your time on the treadmill.
Fartlek. No, this isn’t a putrid smell that escapes from your body. Vary your speed. Running the same pace day in and day out is boring for your mind and body. Change things up throughout the week to keep your body guessing.
Mix it up. The ground is never completely flat. Neither should a treadmill. Every couple of minutes change the elevation to modify the impact on your body. Choose a range between 0.5 up to 2.5.
Spring time. If you’ve done the majority of your runs on a treadmill, gradually integrate outdoor running into your routine. Transitioning too quickly leads to injury. Outside, your calf muscles have to work harder to propel you forward; so do the smaller stabilizer muscles. A gradual progression allows the body to adapt
Technique. Use this time to work on improving your technique. Shorten your stride, increase your cadence, and decrease the amount of noise your feet make.
Have more questions? Don’t hesitate to ask. Enjoy your run!