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Exciting Way To Boost Your Treadmill Workout

May 9, 2008
If you hate running because you cannot run a full five kilometer, you are going to love this article. This article here is to show you a guaranteed method to help you make that five kilometer run non-stop. Maybe it is your poor fitness level that is stopping you or maybe it is just to boring to run on the same spot for thirty minutes, this exciting technique can help you over come it.

Staggered Running Method

This is the first technique that I have used to hit the fifteen kilometer run mark on the treadmill years ago. It is a fabulous technique that can help you increase your fitness level and also decrease you boredom dramatically. Here how it goes. First, you need to run at a comfortable pace for two kilometers, comfortable meaning around 60 to 70 percent of your max heart rate.

Then, when you reached the 2 click mark, you walk for 200 meters. At the 2.3 kilometers, you start running again at 60 to 70 per cent max heart rate until 2.5 kilometers. Assuming the speed was 8.5 kilometers per hour, you would now run at 9.0 km/h until 2.7 kilometers. The at 2.7 up the speed to 9.5 or 10 km/h until 2.9 km and for the final 100 meters, sprint at speed of 11/km/h. The speed here might differ from others, depending on your fitness level.

Then on 3.0 kilometers, you would walk again and repeat the same sequence until 4 kilometers and then till 5 kilometers. You see, what I have done here is that I have created mini targets for you to hit. It is so much easier.

To Improve You Need To Overload

So let say you have used this workout routine and find it good and you have successfully hit the 5 kilometer mark consistently. What you should do now is to increase the difficulty level by either changing the speed or the total distance. Instead of 5 kilometers, try to go for 6.5 kilometers or 7 kilometers. Instead of running at 8.5 km/h then progress to 9.0 km/h, increase all the running speed by 0.5 to 9.0 km/h and then to 9.5 km/h. You can also eliminate the walking phase and substitute it with light run.

Use The Heart Rate Monitor

Another way that you can track your progress and monitor you exercise intensity accurately is to use a heart rate monitor. I love using heart rate monitors because it keeps my real time information on how I feel. Sometimes my legs feel tired and I keep telling myself that I am exhausted and need to stop. But with my heart rate monitor on, I cannot cheat myself!

Using a heart rate monitor also lets us know whether we are pushing our body too hard. In this staggered running method, the max heart rate you should got is about 85 % of max heart rate. To calculate your heart rate to maximize your fat burn, take 220 and minus it with your age, then, with that figure, minus it with your resting heart rate and we get figure X. We take figure X and multiply it with 70 % if you are aiming on exerting at that level and you get figure Y. Then, with figure Y, we add in back your resting heart rate and you get your targeted heart rate.

Use this running method at least 3 times a week. Consistency and determination will bring you the best results. Do not forget to include 5 minutes of stretching at the end to!
About the Author
Leong is a very experienced American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer. He has written countless articles on weight loss, exercise, diet and fitness that have helped many achieve their fitness goals. For limited time only, you can download his unique info packed Fat Loss E-Mag value at $90 for FREE!
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