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Treadmill Support: Beginner’s guide for using a treadmill

Being active is great for our general health and wellbeing. We all know what it’s like when you want to up your fitness goals but perhaps don’t have the time or ability to get out and about. Luckily, fitness technology such as the treadmill allow us to fit in a workout at home and reach out step goals. If you’re new to a treadmill or unsure if it’s suitable for you, here’s some beginner tips to use your treadmill effectively. 

Start slow and steady.

Treadmills can normally let you reach a good running speed. If you’re new to treadmills, we recommend starting slowly at a walking pace. Then, gradually increase the speed and intensity to a speed you are more comfortable with.  

Begin with a flat surface.

If your treadmill has an incline, it may be tempting to use this straight away to get the best results. However, it is best to start with a flat surface so you can become comfortable with the space you are working and the general controls of your treadmill. When you are ready, utilise the incline. 

Try not to rely on the handrails. 

The handrails on your treadmill are there if you need the extra support. However, for general walking or running on the treadmill, try not to rely on them too heavily. If you are holding on to them whilst walking it can affect your posture and may affect the effectiveness of your workout. 

Make use of safety features. 

Most treadmills will have some sort of emergency stop button or safety clip. These are to be used in the event you need to stop the treadmill quickly if there is an emergency or you feel unsteady. The clip secures to your clothing, so if you move too far away from the control panel unit it will detach and cut out. 

Stay hydrated and listen to your body.

Staying hydrated during exercise is important for your own wellbeing. Drink before, during and after your workout. We recommend keeping the water nearby. If you feel any pain or discomfort, be sure to stop and rest. You should listen to your body and use the treadmill when you feel more comfortable to do so. 

Set goal and targets.

You don’t need to run a marathon on your first session with the treadmill. Instead, try setting small goals and targets to achieve each time. For example, you could set a distance to run and every few days increase the distance in increments. Setting realistic goals to achieve will help you to track your progress and stay motivated. 

Carry out maintenance checks where necessary.

Your treadmill will require maintenance checks to keep it lasting long. Your user manual should include information on how to do this, but most treadmills will require regular lubrication of the treadmill and tightening/adjustments of the belt. 


Using your treadmill should be a positive experience – remember to take care of yourself and set realistic goals and targets. When it comes to your treadmill, follow your instruction manual to correctly maintain to ensure the longevity of the product.