Runners are not born, they are made. Whether you have never run before or are coming back to it after a hiatus, the new year is a great time to rekindle your love of the open road — except for that Arctic blast of wind, snow, and ice outside. Never fear, your trusty treadmill is waiting to get you moving, whatever the weather. There's something to be said about climate-controlled workout conditions, especially if your idea of a fashion statement isn't bundling up to sweat outside. Whether you rock it out to your favorite playlist or tune into your favorite show, a treadmill workout doesn't have to be boring. The best way to introduce yourself to running is to find an approach that alternates between running and walking. Once you've mastered the run/walk approach, you can confidently move on to more challenging runs.
Cycling between higher- and lower-intensity work allows for a more organic adjustment to the higher demands on the muscular and cardiovascular systems. Think of it as onboarding for your body. This results in faster recovery after each session, including less soreness and fatigue. That means you will be able to run more often and build up your endurance faster. After a few weeks of walking and running, you can try higher-intensity workouts. Or you may find this technique works really well for your body — people run entire marathons using the run/walk style. Whatever you decide, don't allow the weather — or your inexperience — to keep you from achieving your running goals!