Treadmill Workouts are amongst the most popular personal workouts. The treadmill is one of the oldest at home workout machines around. It’s difficult to determine just how long they have been in existence, it remains one of the best selling pieces of fitness equipment on today’s market. Elliptical trainers, exercise bikes, and rowing machines have all found their own following in the home fitness industry but none have been able to dethrone the treadmill. Why?
One big reason is that treadmill workouts are wonderfully simple. Treadmill walking or running is just like normal walking or running and takes no added skill or coordination. Another reason is that few workouts provide the user with more benefits than treadmill workouts. Because of recent technological advances, users can now get very creative with how they run a workout. Below are some examples.
1) Decline. Many newer treadmill models now come with a decline setting. You can simulate running down hill at a 3-5% decline. This is great for working a completely different muscle group in your legs. It’s also great for extending the time of your workout because you can sort of catch your breath while still running.
2) Interval training. There is a lot of evidence that interval training burns more calories than regular workouts. What is interval training? It’s switching between regular paced running or walking, and sprinting. This causes your heart rate to rise higher than it would have even paced exercise, thus causing your body to burn more calories. A treadmill allows you to increase and decrease your speed, and incline level to accomplish this.
3) Customized workouts. Many newer models come with pre-programmed workouts designed to give you the greatest benefits, and keep you entertained with a purpose, race, or goal to work for. They can be very motivating and can sometimes be the difference between working out or not, on days that you need a little motivation.