There’s no denying that treadmills provide a great calorie-blasting workout. The downfall? It can be pretty boring taking repeated steps with no change in scenery. But your treadmill routine doesn’t need to be dull. Surprisingly, there are plenty of things you can do on a treadmill, aside from simply running or walking. Ready to spice up your treadmill routine? Here are five fun moves to try.
1. The Sideways Shuffle
There’s no rule that says you have to walk forward on a treadmill. It’s just the norm. Instead, side step on the treadmill, which works your hips, inner and outer thighs, calves, abs, and obliques, per Shape. The benefits don’t end there, either! It also challenges, thus improving, your balance, strength and mind, and it really isn’t hard to do. Start by placing your right hand on the rail in front of you, and your left hand on the left railing, turning out to the left so the left railing is now in front of your body. “At the very instant you step to the left, turn sideways,” Alexandra Allred, certified fitness instructor and member of the first U.S. women’s bobsled team, tells Shape. “Just as you would trot/shuffle on the flat ground, you make the same shuffle motion — clicking foot to foot, moving sideways — but it’s a whole new ball game.” One thing to keep in mind: Spend as much time on your left side as you do on your right side, and start at a slow pace until you get the hang of it.