3 Ways To Get the Most From Your Treadmill Intervals:
If you want to lose weight and see faster results on your treadmill, you may want to consider building in some interval training to your workouts.
What exactly is interval training?
In layman’s terms it basically means short bursts of high intensity activity during your workout.
So for example, you may want to walk at a very high incline for 1 – 2 minutes. Or you may want to “speed walk” or even sprint for 30 seconds or a minutes.
These high intensity intervals challenge your body and give a kick-start to your metabolism. They help to ensure your body doesn’t get lazy (experts call it “efficient”) and dial down the calorie burn.
In order to get the most out of your treadmill interval training, I asked a friend who is also a personal trainer for a few tips. Here’s what she advised in order to help you get the most out of your interval training:
#1 Don’t Always Do the Same Thing During Your Interval Training:
So for example, don’t do 15 intervals of a high 15% incline. Change it up.
You might want to do several intervals of 10%, 12%, 8%, etc. etc.
And then throw in some high-speed walking intervals as well. This ensures that your body NEVER gets used to what you’re doing. So the calorie burning furnace stays on high.
#2 Try To Do Interval Training First Thing In the Morning
When you sleep at night, your body’s stores of glycogen get used up quickly. So if you exercise first thing on an empty stomach, you go into fat-burning mode sooner.
And by doing interval training on your treadmill, you burn even more calories and hit that fat-burning mode sooner. Plus, if you do it in the morning, it’s over and done with. You don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day.
Chances are always higher that the longer you put it off throughout the day, the less likely you are to get to your workout at all.
#3 Always Listen to Your Body – But Do Try To Push Yourself Just A Little Bit Higher Every Week
While you should always listen to your body and only do what you can – you should still be monitoring things and trying to do just that little bit more every week.
So if you can do intervals at a 12% incline one week – why not try doing a 13% incline the next week?
If you do power-walking intervals one week – can you add in one interval of running the next?
You are the only one who knows what your body can handle. It’s always speaking to you. By listening to it, you’ll be able to see just how far it can go. And you’ll also notice your improvement over time.
That’s the way to see progress in your interval training on a treadmill! Good luck!