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20 THINGS TO DO ON A TREADMILL …YOU WILL BE SURPRISED

Posted on March 27 2015

There's literally nothing more boring than running on a treadmill. (N.O.T.H.I.N.G!) But you don't have to swear off the whole machine. Instead, see it for what it is: a basic jungle gym with a lot of potential.

You can put the treadmill to better use with some unconventional and surprisingly fun moves, demonstrated by Anna Kaiser, celebrity trainer to famously fit stars like Shakira, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Sofia Vergara, and the founder of AKTread, a new dance-based treadmill workout at AKT InMotion, a fitness studio in Manhattan.

To Get Some Cardio:

1. Side Shuffle 

How to do it: Set the treadmill speed to 4.0 miles per hour and start walking forward on the band. Place your left hand on the front handle and your right hand on the right railing. After stepping forward with the left foot, turn your entire body and both feet to face the right side of the treadmill. Take a large side-step toward the front of the machine with your left foot, and press into your palms to help you hop up with both feet as the band moves underfoot. Land on your right foot, and continue shuffling for up to 60 seconds. Then turn to face the left side with your left hand on the railing and your right hand on the front handle, and shuffle for up to 60 more seconds.

2. Backward High Knees

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How to do it: Set the treadmill speed to 3.0 miles per hour and straddle the band with your back to the monitor and one hand on each railing. Pressing into your palms, extend your elbows as you drive your right knee up to hip height, and hop on the band with your left foot, bending your elbows as your foot hits the band. Immediately press into your palms and extend your arms as you drive your left knee to hip height, and hop to your right foot, bending your elbows as your foot lands on the band. Continue alternating feet for 30 to 60 seconds.

To Work Your Legs and Butt:

3. Side Lunges 

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How to do it: Set the treadmill speed to 0.5 mile per hour and start walking forward on the band. Place your left hand on the front handle and your right hand on the right railing. After stepping forward with the left foot, turn your entire body and both feet to face the right side of the treadmill. Keeping your right leg straight and your left knee behind your left toes, bend your left knee and sit back into a side lunge. Press into your left heel to stand as you simultaneously step your right foot over your left foot, then step your left foot out toward the front of the machine to come back to your starting stance. Continue for 30 seconds, then face the left side of the treadmill, and continue for 30 more seconds. The moving band forces you to keep up the pace.

2. Alternating Sumo Squats 

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