Treadmills have long been the number one machine for home exercise. Why? The treadmill is the only piece of equipment that will keep your pace. Just set and forget. For this reason, it makes it such a powerful tool to help you lose weight and keep it off.
So how can treadmills achieve weight loss results? Here we share 4 ways of making the treadmill work hard for you.
1. Treadmills help burn more calories and fight the boredom
Where most of us get stuck, is finding the time and motivation to exercise. Which is why a home treadmill is ideal – situated in a convenient spot in the home it’s ready to go at any time. Setting it up in front of the TV to watch your favourite shows means the workout will fly by, you’ll burn more calories, and you won’t even notice you’re exercising!
A recent Woman's World article made the startling claim that, contrary to popular belief, gentle walking is one of the BEST ways to burn fat. It seems that gentle walking allows your body to go STRAIGHT to the fat stores for energy instead of first depleting your sugar (glycogen) stores (used by your body for quick energy).
Not only that, there's been countless studies including one by the American Medical Association, that rank a treadmill as the #1 cardiovascular machine for losing weight and burning calories.
2. Workout variety with pre-set programs
Some equipment can only let you do one thing. On a treadmill, having many different programs to choose from helps match your mood and provides versatility so your body continues to be challenged to burn calories. If you just want to walk, then there are walking programs with and without hills. Likewise, there are programs for a steddy jog or even using handweights for upper body strength exercises.
3. Treadmill helps increase your exercise frequency
A 3 year study conducted by the University of Stanford's Graduate School of Business found that consumers overestimate how often they will use their gym membership and that most don't visit the gym often enough to justify their membership costs.
Finding the time and energy to visit a gym is difficult for the majority of people. Which is why a home treadmill helps increase your workout time and frequency. Instead of having to travel, use the time in your workout. Or it can mean starting or finishing your workout earlier.
Experts tell us that two 15-minute workouts can give us the same exercise benefits as one 30-minute workout. So having the treadmill at your disposal means you can exercise a little in the morning, and then again in the evening. Whatever your regime, a home treadmill puts you in charge.
4. Rain, Hail or Shine
During the colder months, motivation becomes the most challenging. But despite what’s happening outside (seriously humid day or hailing), you will always have the convenience with a home treadmill. Use it regardless of the time of day, weather restrictions, even the type of clothing you want to exercise in. You don’t need to worry about wearing your comfy ratty t-shirt when no one is watching!