Exercise physiologists all over the United Kingdom believe that the overwhelming majority of people spending time on a treadmill are running incorrectly and putting themselves at significant risk of injury – injuries that can completely derail their training program and stop their body transformation results altogether.
Because of the weather in the UK can be less than ideal significant amount of time for running and exercising outdoors treadmills have become incredibly popular, but you’ll have to make sure that you just don’t jump on and run willy-nilly if you’re looking to get top-tier results, speed up your progress, and protect yourself from injury.
Here are a couple of things you’re going to want to do to get the most out of your time spent on the treadmill.
Cut down on your stride length
The bulk of runners on a treadmill are using a stride that is way too long which is why we all have such heavy footfalls on the treadmill.
This is what creates the tremendous impact strike every time we hit the fabric of the treadmill, and this is what completely destroys knees, ankles, and causes shins splits.
By cutting down on your stride by even as little as five or 10% you’ll be able to dramatically reduce the amount of impact strike you’re dealing with. This will keep you on the treadmill when others are dropping off because of injury.
Breathe off rhythm
Secondly, you want to make sure that you aren’t in handling on one footfall and exhaling on the other or you are going to risk overloading one side of your body when you inhale and under train the other during your exhale.
Instead you will want to breathe in for two footfalls and then breathe out for three, mixing things up so that your body is always perfectly balanced by the time you’re done running. You’ll be notified muscle imbalances and protect against injury this way.
Keep your eyes focused forward and set an alarm to tell you when you’re done
Finally, keep your eyes focused forward and ignore the statistics that are produced by treadmills so that you can continue to push forward in your exercise program with real consistency.
A lot of people have a tendency to ramp things up, push a bit harder in the beginning and towards the end of their routine, but that’s not going to be such a smart decision if you’re even the least bit out of shape. Overexertion when you are most susceptible to injury is bad news. Set an alarm to tell you when you’re done.