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Common Treadmill Running Mistakes

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Updated March 25, 2014

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Treadmill Mistake #4: Not Exercising Hard Enough
If you're one of those people who reads an entire magazine as you barely break a sweat on the treadmill, you're probably not working hard enough. While it's not good to do every run or your entire run at a hard pace (easy days are important), you should sometimes try to push yourself to get some results.

Try increasing your speed or incline so that you feel challenged, for at least part of your workout. Interval training, where you run hard for a period of time and then cool down for another interval, is a good way to push the pace without pushing it for the entire run. You can do interval training once or twice a week (never two days in a row). Try some of these workouts:

Treadmill Hill Workout
Treadmill Interval Workout
Pyramid Speed Interval Workout
Fartlek Interval Workout

Of course, when you're running hard on the treadmill, it's still important to make sure you're doing a proper warm-up and cool-down.

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