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4 Tips To Boost Your Calorie Burn While Using The Treadmill

Learn how you can customize your treadmill workout to burn fat better all while increasing your fitness level.

Feel as though your treadmill workouts aren’t paying off quite like they used to? Remember, if you hit the gym and do the same thing every day, sooner or later your body is going to adapt. And when it does, this spells bad news for your future fat burning.

Changing it up and doing something new to challenge your body is one of the best ways to kick-start fat loss into high gear again.

Wondering what you can do on the treadmill to boost your burn? Let’s go over four ideas that you can put into practice immediately.

In Comes The Incline

Rather than always focusing on increasing the speed of the treadmill or alternatively, going longer as you exercise, why not consider adding more incline?

Increasing the elevation is one of the best ways to boost your calorie burn while also strengthening all the muscle groups in the lower body. This elevation will make your calves and glutes work extra hard, giving you a back view that will get noticed.

Plus, this option is also easier on your joints than pounding away on the treadmill if you were to run instead.

Add Resistance

The next way to increase the intensity to burn more calories is to actually add resistance. While I wouldn’t ever suggest you use hand-held weights (as these can throw you off balance and lead to injury), wearing a weighted vest, on the other hand, can be an excellent idea.

This will add evenly distributed resistance and you’ll have to work harder with each and every step that you take.

Perform Self-Directed Interval Training

You can also consider performing your own self-directed intervals. Many people have done interval training before where they are going at one all-out pace for a certain period of time and then resting for another set period of time. This is how intervals are classically structured.

While there’s nothing wrong with this, the problem is it may not push you to your limits. Instead, try an interval workout where you simply go as long and hard as you can go before you need to rest. Then rest until you feel ready to go and repeat the process.

Ditch the time clock and just focus on how you feel. If you are giving maximum effort, you know you’re on track.

Try A Circuit Workout

Finally, the last way to boost your burn on the treadmill is to actually get off the treadmill itself. That’s right, try doing one minute of brisk walking, jogging, or running – whichever you prefer based on your fitness level and then hop off the machine and do a set of push-ups. Then get back on, do your minute of cardio and get off again, this time doing walking lunges.

Keep alternating in this manner, each time you get off, doing another resistance based move. This will help better increase your overall calorie burn for hours after the session is completed thanks to having all those added exercises in the protocol.

So next time you’re facing another treadmill session, consider these tips. Try one of them and watch your fat burning soar.

Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta, where she specialized in Sports Performance and Psychology. In addition to her degree, she is an AFLCA certified personal trainer and has been working in the field for over 12 years now. She is a regular contributor to and has also been named 'Writer Of The Year' two times running. She's also contributed well over 400 articles to a variety of different websites dedicated towards muscle building and athletic performance.

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