Cardio Walk on a Treadmill

by Bea | February 25th, 2013 | Cardio

treadmillTalking effective cardio walks in the winter can be a difficult activity to manage. When there is snow and ice on the ground, and it is cold, it is hard to motivate yourself to go outside and get your workout in; however, if you can go to a gym, I am sure that you can get a good cardio walk in. No excuses!

When it comes to walking on the treadmill, there are a few things that you should try to avoid. One of the most common issues is that many people spend all of their 20-30 minutes workout at one speed. Along the same lines, many people start on the treadmill and ramp up the speed until they hit their target goal. It is really important to warm up before your workout!

To warm up, start at a speed of about two mph for up to two minutes. Make sure to lengthen out your strides and stretch all of your muscles properly. Then, start to build up speed in your workout, but do it slowly.  It is important to build up speed gradually. Do not be afraid to stay at one level for a few weeks. At the end of your workout, please be sure to cool down properly.

There are some treadmill workouts that are more efficient and effective than others. To get the best results that you can achieve, you should work on varying your speed in a workout. This will help to work other muscle groups, and you will get a better cardiovascular workout as well. Cardiovascular workouts are workouts that get your heart rate up and going; however, please be careful not to push yourself too much! So, at what speed should you be walking? If your are new to the sport, I would aim for a pace of about four – eight mph. In the beginning, walk for 20 minutes and add in some stretching. As the weeks go by, keep adding ten minutes! Soon you’ll be power walking on that treadmill!

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