I have a special surprise for you all this afternoon (now evening as I’m teaching myself how to blog with Miss Mac). Recently, Anna, Editor-in-Chief at RunReviews contacted me about their new treadmill workout creator tool. How did she know I l-o-v-e treadmill workouts? Runners and gym rats, this is one neat tool and very simple to use. Anna asked if she could share her treadmill experience with you all, as well as five 30-minute treadmill workouts. These workouts are ideal for beginners, short and easier in intensity. Without further ado, here’s Anna…
I still remember the questions that popped into my head when I first ran on the treadmill: “How do they count the calories I’m burning?”, “Are these numbers real?” I imagined they were, so I didn’t worry about enjoying myself at a food feast after a sweaty workout at the gym. I wasn’t running to lose weight, but since I was already exerting myself, why not also indulge? As I was about to find out, my original calculations were wrong because after a few months I realized that I had put on a couple of pounds on my hips, instead of losing them.
The truth is that the numbers we see on consoles are just estimations and, as long as they don’t consider any personal information, especially the user’s weight, they may not apply to you. We shouldn’t put our entire faith in numbers if we plan to lose some weight. Instead, we should always keep a balanced diet where exercise and food complete each other in harmony.
After a bad start, I paid more attention to what I ate after the gym, and results started to show quickly. However, ever since I began to run, I’ve exercised at least 30 minutes a day and I always make sure my routine is diversified. I alternate between speed and incline workouts, and I do intervals at least once a week. When I have the chance, I go for a run outdoors with my friends.
Any type of exercise burns some calories, but we stick to a routine only when we diversify our workouts. 30-minute exercises are easy to alternate and easy to integrate in our busy daily schedules. However, to burn calories, intensity is also important. The treadmill can offer a good combination between intensity and variation, especially if it’s a model that includes the User Profile option with custom workouts. With this feature in hand, you can add unlimited custom workouts and enjoy each exercise. Moreover, when you preset your workout, the treadmill changes incline and speed automatically.
In today’s post, I want to share 5 of my favorite treadmill workouts, useful and motivational. Please keep in mind that I’m not a certified trainer; therefore, please remember that exercises should be performed at your own risk.
I used the RunReviews Workout Creator tool to design this post’s workouts because this application also calculates the estimated calories you burn considering the user weight. You can print them easily and take them with you to the gym.
Click on the individual workouts below for printable versions — enjoy!
1. Speed and Incline Intervals – 1.6 miles
2. Incline Exercise – 1.3 miles
3. More Intense Incline Exercise – 1.5 miles
4. Cross Training – 1.8 miles
5. More Intense Cross Training – 2.6 miles
About the author: Anna Moore is a self-confessed runner. She is also the Editor-in-Chief at RunReviews, a website with useful information about treadmills and workouts.