Five Tips for Running on a Treadmill

The treadmill is every runner’s worst nightmare. We try to avoid it as much as possible. Sometimes, when the weather is at it’s worst, we are forced to jump on and make the best of the situation. Luckily, there are some tips that can make the experience a little better. Here are Five Tips for Running on a Treadmill:

Mental Prep – you must mentally understand that your run on the treadmill is going to be very different from your run outside. Prep yourself for varying results.

Warm Up – you should warm up before every run, but it is especially important when you run on the treadmill. The feel and motion of the run is much different on the treadmill, so a warm-up is a must to get your muscles familiar with the movement.

Increase Incline – an added incline will simulate the general air drag and changing incline of an outdoor run. Set the incline to .5 or 1.0% for best simulations.

Hands Free – do not hold on to the front and side bars on the treadmill. Those should be used for an emergency not a standard run. Simulate your outdoor runs as much as possible.

No Stopping – more importantly no sudden stopping. When you are finishing an interval or the workout, make sure your gradually decrease your speed rather than stepping off to the sides.


Imagine Your Route – when running on the treadmill, imagine your standard route that you run. Whether its through the neighborhood, in downtown, or around the lakes, imagine where you are running to be mentally present during your workout. It is easy to zone out during a treadmill run, especially if there is a TV nearby. Staying focused on your run helps you simulate your typical outdoor runs.

Do you have a suggestion or something that you do during your treadmill runs? If so let me know in the comments below. Make sure to share this post with your fellow “part-time” indoor runners and show me your treadmill pics by sharing with #KeepTheRunOn