The latest guidelines from the NHS recommend we should all get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise every week.
Now it's one thing 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 let's be honest. 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 routine.
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, the treadmill’s surface is flat and predictable.
This means you don’t have to worry about tripping over and injuring yourself on uneven ground.
Part of the reason why people love treadmills so much is not only that they’re easy to use, but more importantly you don't have to worry about:
- Looking good and wearing the right gear (no posing in your home gym)
- What the weather is doing
- Your physical safety, or who might be staring at you while you jog (Treadmill vs Road Running)
Treadmill Are Easy to Store
If you want to build a home gym you'll ideally want to dedicate a permanent space in your garage or spare room for all the equipment.
However, with a treadmill many models can fold up and and easily be moved around your home and stored away in a storage cupboard or closet in between workouts.
In another post I review the best folding treadmills if you're tight on space.
Preset Workout Programs
If your 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.
As you can imagine, most treadmills come equipped with varying degrees of technology. If you're fairly into your technology, we would recommend the Reebok ZR8 Treadmill as a jumping off point.
Workout programs are great because they make your workouts fun and exciting with the treadmill varying speed and incline throughout the workout for you.
Most treadmill also let you program your own workouts so you individualise your workout to exactly your needs.
Easily Track Your Progress
Treadmills also let you track your progress. Most come with digital monitors that tell you important stats like distance, time, speed, calories burned, weight loss (when synced to digital scales), and even heart rate.
Some even let you create multiple users and save your stats so you can see how you’re improving over time.
Tracking your progress is essential, especially if you’re working towards a weight loss goal.
Lose 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 10 km/h will burn 229 calories.
- And if you can kick it up to 12 km/h, you’ll burn almost 300 calories.
If you combine your workout sessions with a healthy diet, you’ll reach your weight loss goals in almost no time.
It’s also possible to burn even more calories on a treadmill by following HIIT principles (interval training) or using the machine’s incline. With treadmill HIIT routines, you alternate repeating rounds of a slow/ moderate pace with followed by a much faster but shorter interval.
Improve Your Heart Health
Treadmills give a great cardiovascular workout and help improve heart health. Each time you step on a treadmill, you are strengthening your heart rate.
Aerobic exercise can also help reduce your cholesterol. With heart disease being the leading cause of death it’s important to take steps to manage 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 still find time to watch a few hours of TV each night.
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 quad muscles. Using the incline feature on a treadmill will help tone your legs even more.
If you run with small hand weights, you can even tone up your arm muscles at the same time.
A Treadmill Helps you Workout Consistently
Treadmills are a convenient way to make sure that you’re getting the cardio exercise you need to stay healthy, even if it's just a 30 minutes cardio workout twice a week to begin with. With this one piece of equipment, you can exercise in the comfort of your own home whenever you want.
So if you think a treadmill might be right for you, come explore my other articles covering:
- Best Folding Treadmill for Most People
- The Best Treadmill for Overweight Beginners
- All Recommended Treadmills Compared by Price and Features
No matter whether you’re trying to burn more calories and lose weight, build muscle or improve your heart health, a treadmill is an excellent piece of workout equipment to invest in.
It’s convenient, easy to use, tracks your progress, and most of all removes many of the excuses that can trip us up when we want to exercise consistently.
So what are you waiting for? Give a home treadmill a go!