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Need to shape up? Get toned fast, and have fun doing it, with the basic exercises in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A treadmill
- Proper technique
Warm up your body with a five-minute jog before stretching. Stretch your quads, calves, and hamstrings, and begin your workout.
Set on incline
Set the machine on a 1 percent incline. You will use more muscle groups on an incline, which will burn more calories.
Walk without holding on
Walk or run without holding the handrails. Swing your arms forward and back, holding them at a 90-degree angle.
Maintain a neutral position
Keep your head in a neutral position as you stand tall. Land on the middle of each foot and then roll onto the balls of your feet.
Run in middle
Walk or run in the middle of the treadmill. Running too close to the sides can cause your arms to rise, which will cause stress on your shoulders and neck.
Work on your speed by shortening the strides when you run. Strive for 46 to 48 strides in 30 seconds.
Add speed intervals to your workout. Begin by walking or running at your normal pace for two to three minutes and then go at a faster pace for 30 to 60 seconds.