Getting Started With Treadmills
If you’ve thinking about buying a treadmill for the first time, there are several things to know that will help you. Don’t worry; it’s not complicated!
In fact, running or walking on a treadmill is actually easier than running or walking on a steady surface. Because the surface is moving you forward, you don’t have to lean forward like to have to do slightly when running outside. Because you don’t have to lean forward, you are actually performing less work. Sounds insignificant, sure, but it adds up. Using a treadmill can also be easier than running on a hard surface because the treadmill provide cushioning. Because you can set your own pace and goals on a treadmill, there is no need to keep going to reach your physical destination or to show anyone else what you are doing.
You Don’t Have to Think!
The secret to the ease and superiority of treadmill use is in their built-in programs. Virtually all treadmills can read your heart rate through sensors on the handles and display it to you on the console. This feature allows you to set and meet heart rate and fitness goals with far more accuracy than randomly running outside.
Of course, there is a danger in over-thinking treadmill workouts. It is actually quite easy just to get on and start. You can start the belt very slowly and turn up the speed as you feel comfortable. Most treadmills also come equipped with “keys” that you can attach to your wrist and console. If you ever felt like you had to stop for some reason, just moving your wrist away will bring to belt to a comfortable and safe stop.