How to Not Get Tired on a Treadmill

Pacing yourself on the treadmill helps you avoid fatigue.
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If you lead a busy life but still try to find time to work out, it's easy to fall into the trap of racing to the gym, hopping on the treadmill and running as fast as you can, only to tire yourself out in a few minutes. Longer, more moderately paced workouts are far more ideal because they allow you to burn several hundred calories and won't make you feel as tired upon finishing.

Step 1

Walk at a moderate pace on the treadmill for a short duration to try to find your optimal walking speed. Before you build up to running on the treadmill, testing your walking endurance can teach you about your fitness level. The pace you adopt should be brisk but not so intense that you struggle to keep pace with the treadmill. Always note the treadmill's speed for future workouts.

Step 2

Increase your pace until you're walking quickly or jogging comfortably. If you begin to have trouble maintaining the pace, slow down to avoid fatiguing yourself. The process of developing a comfortable pace on the treadmill is largely trial and error and is different for everyone. For example, if you can comfortably maintain a pace of 3.5 mph for 30 minutes, stick to this pace to avoid tiring yourself out. Over time, it might become easier for you, and you can then increase the pace accordingly.

Step 3

Adjust the treadmill's settings to allow you to use the machine at various speeds and inclines. Many treadmills have settings that combine walking and running. After running for a short duration, the treadmill belt slows so that you can walk to catch your breath. These workouts not only allow you to exercise longer than a workout that only includes running, but they are also a way to add variation.

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