Feeling more active can be as simple as walking on the treadmill everyday. Treadmill workouts go perfect with squatting exercises.
The phrases “going nowhere fast” or “on a treadmill to nowhere” are humorous ways to describe doing something and making little progress. The idea may conjure up an image of a hamster spinning endlessly on a wheel and never really arriving anywhere. But while running on a treadmill technically leads nowhere, it can lead somewhere in terms of fitness, health and overall well being. Commonly found in home gyms and fitness centres, this piece of exercise equipment—although simplistic in concept—can be a compliment to the exercise programs of both young and old, alike.
Better Heart Health
When it comes to cardiovascular health, a treadmill can play an integral part in strengthening the heart. A treadmill session doesn’t have to be intense to gain health benefits from it. A treadmill workout can be as simple as walking and still be beneficial. This low impact exercise can help raise good cholesterol levels while helping lower bad cholesterol. The treadmill can be used as a tool to help decrease the likelihood of catching diabetes, or for helping manage it; it can also help lower high blood pressure.
Way for Seniors to Stay Active
Deteriorating effects of the aging process--like osteoporosis, for instance--prevents many seniors from doing complicated, vigorous workouts. But seniors who wish to include some form of activity in their lives may find the treadmill just right for them. The ability to adjust the treadmill to slow speed to do a low impact workout makes the treadmill an ideal choice for seniors still able to move around independently. Walking on a treadmill can help them stay active, feel youthful and provide them with the satisfaction that they are doing something to improve their health.
Substitute for Running Outdoors
Those dedicated to running usually run regardless of rain or shine. However, on those days when bad weather poses a hindrance to running safely, the treadmill can be a reasonable substitute. Disruptive weather elements such as hail, snow, sleet and rain can put a stop to the freedom of running outdoors without the risk of injury. Various treadmill speeds as well as different incline and terrain options enable the user to choose specific levels of difficulty to simulate running outdoors. Of course nothing can take the place of running outdoors with the wind blowing in your face. But the treadmill—at the very least—gives runners the opportunity work their leg muscles, get their arms pumping and work up a sweat with an intense cardiovascular workout until they can return to running outside.
For those looking to supplement their weight loss efforts with exercise, the treadmill is the way to go. Walking on the treadmill for 45-minutes can blast away up to 240 calories. The treadmill can be beneficial for tightening up calves and jiggly thighs and firming up the glutes. Burning off extra calories is as easy as stepping on the treadmill, adjusting the speed and walking, jogging or running for the desired period of time. Exercisers who prefer uncomplicated workouts may find the treadmill the perfect compliment to their dieting efforts—especially when incorporated along with a strength training program.
From hardcore athlete to senior, the treadmill can be beneficial to just about anyone. This go-to piece of exercise equipment can the enhance fitness programs of people from all walks of life.