One of the most popular types of home exercise equipment is the
treadmill, which provides a straightforward, efficient aerobic workout. For
many, treadmills are a good choice to begin a new exercise routine because
walking is well tolerated by most individuals regardless of fitness level and
for most back conditions. As strength and endurance are developed, the
treadmill can be used for jogging and/or for interval training. The machines
feature a moving belt as a running surface and come in both manual and
motorized models. Treadmills work for all fitness levels because of the
user's ability to adjust the speed and incline of the platform. The machines
work for a variety of purposes and goals.
Those who prefer walking or running outdoors face inclement
weather or other conditions that make the workout difficult at times. A
treadmill offers an alternative place to do your normal walk or run without
worry about the weather or your safety in poor conditions. You are still able
to exercise in a similar manner, whether your goal is general fitness or
training for a race. Indoor exercise with a treadmill gives you a consistent,
People training for specific events can engage in tailored
training sessions. Runners who want to improve their times can include speed
work that involves intervals of faster running. The treadmill allows you to
control your speed and distance more accurately than free running outdoors. A
treadmill also helps with pacing if a runner struggles to maintain a
consistent speed while free running. The controls of the treadmill allow you
to set your pace and the moving belt can be adjusted to keep you on that pace.
When training for a race, running under conditions that mimic those of the
race gives you the best preparation.
Walking or running on a treadmill is a form of aerobic exercise,
which burns calories. Regular use of a treadmill helps you lose weight,
especially in conjunction with healthy changes such as an improved diet. The
moving belt and absence of wind resistance make running on a treadmill easier
than outdoor running. This is beneficial for beginners, who may be able to
run longer on a treadmill than they can outdoors.
A treadmill offers a cross-training opportunity for those who
don't regularly walk or run. For example, if you usually swim or cycle for
aerobic exercise or athletic training, a session on the treadmill adds
variety to your usual workout routine. You break up the monotony of doing the
same activity every day and use your body in a different way than usual.