Forget just running and walking, these unique treadmill moves will have you using your treadmill in a whole new way.
While the treadmill is a great piece of cardio equipment, it can get a little bit boring. But it doesn't have to be! There are so many more things you can do on a treadmill than just run or walk. So, if you've been feeling like the treadmill is more of a dreadmill, read on for five unique moves that will help you reinvigorate your workout on the treadmill!
5 Unique Treadmill Moves to Try
1. The sideways shuffle. Who says you have to walk forward on a treadmill? Try side stepping instead to work your hips, inner and outer thighs, calves, abs, and obliques! Alexandra Allred, certified fitness instructor and member of the first U.S. women's bobsled team, recommends the sideway shuffle to challenge your balance, strength — and your mind. It's easy to do, too! With your right hand on the rail in front of you and your left hand on the left railing, turn out to the left so that the left railing is now in front of your body.
"At the very instant you step to the left, turn sideways," Allred says. "Just as you would trot/shuffle on the flat ground, you make the same shuffle motion — clicking foot to foot, moving sideways — but its a whole new ball game."
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.