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Updated: October 27, 2020
To use a treadmill, make sure you’re wearing comfortable running shoes to support your feet. Controls will differ from machine to machine, but you’ll find buttons to change your speed and incline. Start by walking on the treadmill, and slowly increase your speed over 5 minutes to warm up your muscles. After you’ve warmed up, maintain a pace between 3 and 4 miles per hour for about 20 minutes. Make sure you swing your arms, instead of holding the handles, since this will help you burn more calories. When you’re ready to end your treadmill session, slowly lower the pace every minute to warm down. After a few weeks of using the treadmill, experiment with faster speeds and steeper inclines for a heavier workout. For more tips, including how to practice interval training, read on!
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