How to Get in Shape on a Treadmill

Insider tips for the right setup, avoiding falls, and getting the best workout

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A  treadmill can make it easy to accomplish your fitness goals, even when it’s too cold or too hot to exercise outside. (The U.S. exercise guide­lines call for adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week.)

But while walking on a treadmill is a relatively straightforward proposition, a machine that moves under your feet can potentially lead to injury. These tips can maximize benefits and minimize your risk of getting hurt.

Hover your cursor over the dots (or for mobile devices, tap) on the image below to get our expert advice.

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Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the September 2019 issue of Consumer Reports On Health.


Peter Anzalone

My background as a mechanical engineer, professional dancer, and software developer prepared me to think on my feet, perfect for my role at CR testing fitness products. It’s work that can’t be done sitting. I don’t sit much away from work either, spending time playing golf, snowboarding, surfing, and repairing our 1890s-era brick home in Brooklyn.