Treadmills have long been an icon of household fitness equipment. Almost everyone is familiar with the old stereotypes dictating that most of these machines only wind up serving as expensive clothes hangers, which is unfortunate. Treadmills are easily the best pieces of equipment for burning fat. Here are some of the reasons why.
On days when it’s snowing, raining or the temperature is in the triple or single digits, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to convince yourself to go outside for a jog. For many people, less than pleasant weather is an excuse to sit around. However, it becomes significantly harder to justify this self-neglect when you have a treadmill that you can use in the comfort of your own home. Regardless of what the weather is doing, you can still get some exercise.
Over the last decade, treadmill prices have fallen sharply. This makes it possible for anybody to own one without breaking the bank. Many even come with advanced features such as memory, pre-programmed fitness plans, and the ability to measure your heart rate. Indeed, many treadmills are even cheaper than most yearly gym memberships. Furthermore, the money you save on gasoline from not driving to the gym would likely pay for the treadmill on its own.
Ease of Use
Unless you want one with all of the bells and whistles, most treadmills are profoundly easy to use, which is especially helpful for the technologically inexperienced. With some models, it’s a simple matter of stepping on and walking. Others may feature an easy-to-use on/off button.
Here’s a great two-minute video on buying a treadmill:
Easy on the Body
Some popular forms of exercise, such as running and weight lifting, can put a huge strain on your body. Arthritis and other joint problems can be exacerbated by high-impact activities or by walking on pavement. Also, many fitness methods are not appropriate for people who are in poor cardiovascular health or who are very overweight. A treadmill provides an easy-access, low-impact exercise that you can control all aspects of.
Most forms of exercise are relatively rigid and offer little room for variation or personal preference. Walking outside restricts you to the paths and inclines of your neighborhood, and weight lifting must be done in increments of five or ten and can only be done in so many positions. Even with swimming, you’re restricted to the size of the pool you’re in, so your laps may not provide much exercise. Treadmills, however, can allow you full control over everything. You can control the speed at which you walk, and if you’d prefer to jog or run, you may do so. Many treadmills will also let you control the incline. Set it higher to increase the intensity or lower to gain more speed.