Adding exercise to your busy schedule can be difficult, but adding exercise to an already-busy schedule can be downright impossible. Interestingly, though, there’s a method for exercising that is convenient, straightforward, and—most importantly—free, and that’s by using a treadmill. Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your current weight, or train for a marathon, a treadmill can be a valuable addition to your fitness regimen.
Treadmills, whether they operate indoors or outdoors, provide a reliable way to remain active without having to join a gym or pay for a gym membership.
Here are the benefits of using treadmills:
- Treadmills are easy to move around and store. Treadmills are one of today’s best workout machines. Treadmills are easy to move around and store. They can be folded and stored away when not in use, taking up minimal floor space. With treadmills, you are always in control of how hard you work. If you walk on a treadmill at 3.5 mph, you can burn about 400 calories an hour. If you run on the treadmill at 5 mph, you can burn up to 900 calories an hour.
- Tracking your fitness activity made easy. Treadmills have gotten an upgrade in recent years, with improvements in design and technology. One of the newest features of treadmills is the ability to track your activity so that you can record your steps, distance, calories burned, and other metrics. Treadmills use 10 sensors to track your activity, and these sensors can also be used to read your heart rate, speed, incline, and time. For runners, this adds a new dimension of data to track, as you can now also see how much impact running has on your body.
- Keeps your diabetes under control. Diabetes is a very serious condition, and something like 25 million Americans suffers from it. But for those with diabetes, there are lots of things you can do to keep your condition under control. One of the best things you can do is to keep physically active. By staying active, you can prevent symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and weight gain. And one of the best tools for staying active is a treadmill.
- Reduces the impact on your body and increases your cardio workout at the same time. Treadmills are in many ways similar to outdoor workouts, but there’s one important difference: there’s no snow or rain to worry about. And running on a treadmill is certainly more convenient than running outdoors since it’s safer, more private, and you don’t have to deal with changing weather conditions. But running on treadmills isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. The repetitive motion can cause injuries, and keeping your treadmill clean can be a chore.
- Builds and tones up muscles. There are many reasons to use treadmills, such as building more muscle, weight loss, and interval training, just to name a few. But, building strong muscles and toning your body are benefits that many runners want to achieve. This can be achieved with the use of treadmills to build and strengthen your muscles so you will burn more calories.
- Improves cardiovascular health. Many people believe that the only reason to use a treadmill is to lose weight. But another benefit to using treadmills is to improve your cardiovascular health and reduce your risk of heart disease. People who regularly walk on a treadmill are at a lower risk than those who don’t. This is due to the improvements in cardiovascular fitness that take place when using treadmills.
- It makes you happy. It’s never too late to start working toward a happier you! Research shows that people who get regular physical activity are healthier and happier. A National Institutes of Health report indicated that exercise improved depression and fatigue, as well as sleep quality. And a 2016 study found that exercise helped people be more optimistic, less stressed, and with better moods overall.
Treadmills are known for being some of the most effective, versatile cardio machines on the market—but did you know that treadmills can also be useful in other parts of life? Their ability to be customized with exercises allows you to use treadmills to effectively improve your strength, balance, and endurance. And almost all treadmills come with built-in television monitors, so you can use your treadmill to work out while watching your favourite shows.