Whether you’re looking for a solid piece of cardio equipment for home or are trying to make the most out of your time at the gym, treadmill exercise is one option you can take advantage of. While some fitness-goers may say that treadmills are no good, as they mimic the act of walking that we do all day long, there are ways to get the most out of this piece of equipment while still getting a good workout in.
When you know what you want to get most out of your treadmill exercise routine, you can better determine what type of treadmill will work best for you. Generally speaking, all treadmills are pretty much the same, with just some minor variances. If you want preset programs to be available to you, you’ll want to get a treadmill that has these built in, as not all treadmills do. Various treadmill exercise programs you may see preset are 5k’s (3.1 mile distance), hilly routes (incline-heavy), or interval programs (consistent change in speed). Different treadmills have varying capabilities with their displays, in being able to show you calories burned, distance and time traveled, etc.
As far as treadmill exercise itself is concerned, if you’re looking to get the most out of your workout, befriend the incline function. Living in a society where elevators and escalators beat out taking the stairs, our bodies become sedentary as a result of all the convenience. When you kick up the incline on a treadmill, your body mimics walking up a hill, something we certainly don’t do enough of as a society as a whole. By walking on an incline, without holding on for support, you can really engage the core and leg muscles and get a good calorie burn going.
Hill sprints provide some of the very best results in attaining a high level of fitness, and if we want to mimic these exercises when training inside, the incline function on a treadmill is your friend.
Sometimes life throws us curveballs, be it the weather, a time constraint, or a broken-down vehicle. Having a treadmill at home can at times make the difference between letting circumstances get the best of you and not working out at all or getting in a workout. While investing in a treadmill may seem, up front, to be a big investment, you can’t put a price tag on good health. Whether you buy your own or use one at the gym, treadmill exercise can help propel you closer to your goals.
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