Treadmills are considered a weight bearing exercise like Walking, Jogging and Aerobics which means they will build bone density better then non-weight bearing exercises. You have a better chance at weight control because treadmills work the large muscles in your body. Working large muscle groups in your body will help speed up your metabolism and burn calories long after you finished working out.
Another benefit to buying a quality treadmill is the grade and speed controls. Having the ability to adjust your speed and the angle you’re walking on is very important to how intense you want your workout. You can choose to either walk or run, it’s all up to you. Most treadmills will come with preset programs you can follow or you can make up your own. The gauges on a treadmill are usually Speed, Distance, Time, Fat Calories burned and more expensive ones will have Fans, CD Players and even LCD TV’s.
Burn Calories and Lose Weight
The more time you spend doing cardiovascular workouts the more calories you can burn and weight you can lose. Treadmills are the best machines to burn calories.
The Treadmill is an excellent cardiovascular workout. It works all the large muscles in your body. According to a study done by the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee and the Medical College of Wisconsin the amount of calories burned on the treadmill for 60 minutes averaged 865 – 705. This compared to:
1) Rowing Machine 739 – 606
2) Stair Machine 746 – 637
3) Stationary Cycle 604 – 556
4) Cross Country ski machine 678 – 595
There have been numerous studies that select the treadmill as the best cardiovascular workout including the American Medical Association who rank it as number one cardio machine.
Walking or Running
This machine is based around the most natural movement people can do, and that is walking or running. Whether you’re a casual walker or a serious runner, a treadmill can accommodate both needs. You can adjust the incline or speed to increase the cardiovascular workout you want.
Whether you’re working out at home or the gym you will always be able to avoid bad whether. Cold weather or hot humid weather can become a serious issue that you don’t have to worry about.
Another great aspect of the treadmill is the ability to be less stressful on your joints then the pounding running can do on asphalt or concrete. Your Achilles tendons, knee joints, back muscles, ankles take less a beating on a treadmill than regular surfaces.
These treadmills are becoming more sophisticated in what kinds of workouts you can have. Whether you choose to increase the speed of your motorized treadmill or raise/lower the incline to simulate running up and down hills. You can also focus on strictly cardio exercise or concentrate on burning calories. Some of the treadmills come with preset programs with different levels of intensity or you can program your workout to the way you want.
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