The Benefits of Using a Treadmill?

The latest guidelines from the NHS recommend we should all get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, every week.

Now it's one things to know what you should be doing, it's another to find a way to make it happen.

Is a Treadmill the Answer?

Brisk walking or jogging is an easy way to get your daily target of 20-30 mins of moderate aerobic activity.

But sometimes getting to the gym or even out your front door can be a challenge. Let's explore how a treadmill can help you stay consistent with your exercise.

Treadmills Are Easy to Use

As far as exercise equipment goes, treadmills are one of the easiest to use. And if you’re the type of person who worries about uneven terrain or has trouble walking uphill, the treadmill’s surface is flat and predictable.

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You don’t have to worry about curbs, trails or sidewalks. Part of the reason why people love treadmills so much is because they’re easy to use.

Easily Track Your Progress

Treadmills also let you track your progress. Most come with digital monitors that tell you important stats, like distance, calories burned, heart rate and time.

Some even let you create multiple users and save your stats, so you can see how much you’ve improved over time. Tracking your progress is important, especially if you’re working towards a weight loss goal.

Preset Workout Programs

If you’re treadmill has a digital monitor, there’s a good chance it has built-in workout programs too. These workouts may vary your speed or incline throughout your workout to make your session more challenging.

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Workout programs are great because they make your workouts fun and interesting.

Loose Weight Faster

One of the most obvious benefits of using a treadmill is that it helps you lose weight. Running for just 20 minutes at 6mph will burn 229 calories. And if you can kick it up to 8mph, you’ll burn almost 300. If you combine your workout sessions with a healthy diet, you’ll reach your weight loss goals in no time.

It’s also possible to burn even more calories on a treadmill by following HIIT principles or using the machine’s incline. With HIIT, you alternate rounds of running/walking at a moderate pace with shorter rounds of running/walking at a much faster rate.

Improve Your Heart Health

Treadmills give a great cardiovascular workout and help improve heart health. Each time you step on a treadmill, you strengthen your heart. And as your heart grows stronger, you lower your blood pressure. Plus, the act of running or walking helps to get the blood flowing, which reduces the stress on your heart.

Aerobic exercise can also help reduce your bad cholesterol while raising your good cholesterol. With heart disease being the leading cause of death, it’s so important to take steps to improve your cardiovascular health.

Workouts Don’t Have to be a Chore

What’s the main reason people don’t exercise? Because they don’t have “enough time”. But most of us find time to watch TV each night, or read. A treadmill can make your workouts less of a chore because you can still do other things at the same time.

You can run on a treadmill while you’re watching TV. You can walk and read at the same time. You can listen to music during your workout. These are simple but effective ways to keep your workouts interesting. Instead of dreading your morning workout, you’ll look forward to it.

Improves Muscle Tone

Walking or running on a treadmill strengthens and tones your calves, butt and quadriceps muscles. Using the incline feature will help tone your legs even more.

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If you run with small hand weights you can even tone up your arm muscles at the same time.

A Treadmill Helps you Stay Consistent

Treadmills are a convenient way to make sure that you’re getting the exercise you need to stay healthy. With this one piece of equipment, you can exercise right in the comfort of your own home whenever you want.

No matter whether you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle or improve your heart health, a treadmill is a great piece of workout equipment to invest in. It’s convenient, easy to use and helps you track your progress.

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