How to Start Running on a Treadmill

Come one, come all to the world of treadmills.

If you’ve never incorporated treadmill running into your training routine, we’re glad you’re here. There are a number of benefits to running on a treadmill. It’s safer (no potential for uneven terrain or icy patches here!), it’s more dependable (who cares if it’s raining out?!), and you’ll become a more informed runner (those stats aren’t as easily found elsewhere).

We’re excited too. Here’s how to start running on a treadmill!

1. Identify why you’re running.

This may seem like a no brainer, or a bad fit for this type of article. But we want to reiterate the importance of having goals and intentions when you start any running program. The only way to sustain your interest in treadmill running is if you have a reason for it identified from the gitco.

Maybe you signed up for your first marathon (or your first 5K!), maybe you’re just trying to keep your heart healthy, maybe you’re trying to use the treadmill for weight loss, or maybe its all of the above. No matter your motivations, they’re awesome and you should feel pumped as you start this journey.

2. Know the machine’s capabilities.

A treadmill is more than just a moving belt that propels you forward at various paces. It has different settings, programs, and features, all designed to help you get more out of your workout. As a newbie to the land of treadmill running, you should take time to get to know your machine.

Depending on if it is a LifeFitness+, Landice, or other, your machine will have various components to change your speed, your incline, or your training program. Familiarize yourself with the buttons before you start pushing all of them!

3. Bring what you need.

You won’t want to constantly interrupt your run for a quick water fountain run or to dry your brow with a paper towel. Be sure to come prepared for your run with any items that will make interferences less likely. A towel to wipe up sweat, a water bottle to keep you hydrated, your cell phone in case you are anxious about an any-minute-now call or message. Eliminate opportunities to talk yourself out of returning to the treadmill to complete your run for the day.

4. Don’t forget the entertainment!

Running on a treadmill can be monotonous at times, and many runners cite this as one of the biggest deterrents from creating a regular treadmill-training plan. Find ways to keep yourself occupied throughout your run, whether it is a new album from your favorite artist, the evening news, a Seinfeld re-run or otherwise.

Another option for running entertainment is RunSocial — we offer HD videos of beautiful locations around the world for you to run along. In this way, you can bring the outdoors inside, and maybe challenge some strangers (or your friends!) to a friendly running competition too.

5. Start light.

Whether you’ve only been running outside or you’re brand new to running altogether, make sure your first run isn’t overly challenging. Your body will adapt as it gets used to your treadmill running, but give it time and space to do so. If you immediately jump to a 30+ minute run at an 8.0 mph+ pace, you’re gonna feel it tomorrow.

You should also use this new-to-treadmill time to build confidence in yourself and your capabilities. Don’t overdo it and feel like you failed yourself. You didn’t. We’re all learning. Tomorrow is a new day for a new run!

So concludes our tips for treadmill running, especially for beginners. Any other words of wisdom you’d like to share?