The Best Ways to Exercise on a Treadmill

Build that cute behind with hill and sprint workouts on the treadmill.
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If you have to choose one piece of equipment to save time, money or space, you must get your groove on with the treadmill. The controls on a treadmill console enable you to quickly change your speed and elevation so you can follow a training plan to a T. Speed workouts and hill runs offer the best ways to exercise on a treadmill, as these provide the greatest improvement in aerobic fitness in the least time. Warm up with five minutes of light jogging or bicycling before beginning your treadmill workout.

Hill Workout

Step 1

Elevate the treadmill to a 3 percent incline and walk for three minutes. Choose a moderate speed such as 3.2 mph.

Step 2

Increase the incline of the treadmill to 8 percent and walk for two minutes. Choose a slower speed such as 2.9 mph for the inclined walk.

Step 3

Lower the elevation to a 3 percent incline and walk for three minutes; return the speed back to your moderate pace. Increase the incline to 10 percent and walk for two minutes at your slower speed of 2.9 mph. You should be huffing and puffing.

Step 4

Continue to alternate between a low incline and a higher incline, gradually increasing the higher incline until you are walking at the highest possible elevation on the treadmill. Complete this hill workout two days per week to lift your butt and tone the back of your thighs, especially at the fold just beneath your buns.

Sprints

Step 1

Set the incline of the treadmill to only 1 percent. Run very fast for 30 seconds, then slow the treadmill down to a walking pace for 90 seconds.

Step 2

Run for another 30 seconds, faster than your prior interval. Walk for 90 seconds at the same walking pace.

Step 3

Continue to alternate between sprinting for 30 seconds and walking for 90 seconds, increasing your pace with every sprint. Pump your arms during the sprint intervals to help speed your way through this sprint workout, developing a cool, toned physique.

Step 4

Contract your core muscles to maintain a stable trunk as you sprint, working your abs and your lower back; look in the mirror at the tone of your body after just a month of sprinting one to two days per week. Complete 20 to 25 minutes of this routine per workout.

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