Treadmill workouts are popular for a reason. I am a fan of the treadmill exercise. We all know about the importance of regular workouts for staying fit!
Regular exercising also helps with weight loss.
Having said that, it is not always easier to stick to the plan. It is easy to create a workout plan – say, a weekly schedule. But the hardest part is to keep up with the schedule.
The most common obstacle to staying fit is the difficulty in keeping up with an exercise schedule!
Think about the most common excuses we give ourselves? Laziness could just be enough in most cases to skip a workout schedule.
And, there could be other genuine reasons too – like the weather, for instance.
Here’s where a treadmill comes to the rescue!
Treadmill gives you greater convenience as you can do exercises in the comfort of your home. You can do workouts at your own pace and at your convenient timings.
Treadmill exercises have their own advantages compared to other kinds of exercises. They will cause less wear and tear of your joints.
Let’s discuss some of the benefits of a treadmill workout routine.
Weight loss via treadmill exercises
Treadmill is a great way to shed your body weight. The Cardio workouts that you perform through a treadmill will help burn the excess fat present in your body.
You could easily boost your body metabolism in the morning even with a short treadmill workout. If you are dedicated to using the treadmill at least 4 times a week, you can greatly improve your overall fitness.
You can not only lose weight but also keep it that way just by walking about 30 minutes on the treadmill at least 4 times a week.
By maintaining a proper posture and varying speeds and inclination you can stay slim and trim.
Fun & excitement
Treadmill workouts are a great way to perform the workout in a fun manner. Most people hate doing exercises because it is very boring (to me, in particular, it is the weights that bore me like anything).
With a treadmill you can infuse variety in your workouts while at the same time keeping it light if you wish. Unlike other heavy workouts treadmill workouts don’t sound too strict like a workout! If you see it from the outside, it is just walking you know 🙂
You could spice it up by listening to music or to your favorite radio show. You could even watch your favorite TV show or a movie (instead of watching it from the couch and be named by others as “couch potato”).
By tuning to beats that sync with your walking speed, you could make it a real fun experience.
At the same time, it is not just “fun” – a proper treadmill workout session that has variety in it can do wonders on the areas of your body that need attention.
Treadmill is one of the lightest forms of exercise where chances to break a bone or damage a tissue are remote (unless you are very fond of experimenting things!).
Mostly, even if you are obese, you could manage doing treadmill for 20 minutes without getting worn out. If you have some sort of illness where you could feel dizzy or lightheaded when you workout beyond a level you could use some safety measures – you could pin the treadmill “ON” key to your sports wear and even if you faint, the treadmill will automatically stop since the key is not pulled off the machine.
Apart from this remote case, I cannot think of a case where one could injure himself/herself while walking on the treadmill. Of course, you could have seen some of the treadmill fail videos – so you know what happens when you don’t treat it like a workout machine 🙂
Other than that, it is totally safe and less exerting.
Treadmill workouts are weather proof
Remember I talked about sticking to a workout schedule and the most common excuses? One of the genuine excuses is the weather. What if you are totally enthusiastic and looking forward to going to the gym and it is pouring heavily outside? What if it snows?
If you look at the weather, you could only be exercising during summer and spring.
With a treadmill you don’t have to let your exercise routine be dependent on the weather. No matter if it rains or snows outside, you can still burn fat and keep losing weight.
You don’t have to feel guilty of skipping a workout session just because the weather was bad outside.
And you don’t have to worry about getting exposed to sun or the rain.
PS: While I totally acknowledge the comfort and safety of working out on a treadmill, if the weather is good, take a run or a walk outside. Nothing beats fresh air and some sun!
Heart rate monitors
Treadmills that have heart rate monitors are cool. When you buy a treadmill make sure you select the one which has a pulse monitor or a heart rate monitor.
With such a monitor you can closely monitor how your body reacts to the changes in speed or inclination of the treadmill. This helps in adjusting your workout rate according to your needs and as per your limits – if you want to do more intense workout or if you want to stay in the safe limit and do not want to exert yourself, both are possible.
The more trackers or monitors your treadmill has the better for you. You should be able to monitor the amount of calories burned, the distance you walked, your pulse rate, the speed with which you are walking, the inclination and things like that if your treadmill has those features.
Do you use a treadmill? If so how are you finding it comfortable and helpful for your fitness workouts? If you ask me, I am a die hard treadmill fan 🙂