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Benefits of Treadmill Walking

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Walking is one of the best stress relieving exercises that anyone can do, regardless of fitness level. Treadmill walking is one of the easiest ways for you to get in shape and burn fat. Treadmills can be used either at home or in a gym. They only require that you can walk to use them, as opposed to other gym equipment requiring more strength and perhaps special training how to use them.

There are many different types of treadmills, some featuring extended handles that move as you walk so they work your arms and shoulders, too. Most treadmills provide a comfortable surface on which users can either jog, walk, or run. The suspension must be directly under the walking deck in order to provide effective cushioning for the legs, feet and back. Having a treadmill with a long deck allows you to run or walk at full stride.

A treadmill workout, while similar to that of an elliptical, provides a different variety by allowing you to run, jog, or walk on an incline. Even though the feel of an elliptical is close to walking or running, it’s still not as good as actually running. In order to keep bones, muscles, and joints working in good order, most experts will agree that an average healthy person requires the bouncing and jarring usually connected with walking or running.

Walking or jogging on treadmills can be boring. But many people prefer that kind of a workout so they can concentrate on other things while exercising. Putting on a headset and listening to music or even educational material is an excellent way to multitask and accomplish more while getting fit. Also placement of the treadmill so you don’t face a blank wall helps make it more interesting. Walking slowly and then suddenly increasing the speed is one way to vary your workout and burn extra calories.

Over the years, the amount of walking people naturally do has decreased due in part to the convenience of the automobile. Treadmills offers a great alternative to walking outside as well as being much more versatile than outdoor walking by being able to choose your terrain and walking attributes. You can walk on a even surface at a leisurely pace, enjoy a brisk sprint, or race rapidly up a hill.

Besides being able to adjust the incline and having a smooth and even surface, walking or running indoors has the advantage of being available in all weather conditions (except maybe during a power outage unless you have a manual one). No need to worry about wet or icy roads or the neighbor’s dog. If your schedule is tight, having a treadmill at home can mean the difference between skipping your workout or being able to fit in a few minutes of activity for your body.

Exercise is important whether it is on a treadmill, a bicycle, elliptical or by running or walking in your neighborhood or on the jogging track. If walking, running, or jogging is your preferred exercise, getting a treadmill is a smart choice. Even if you prefer being outdoors, having a treadmill will motivate you even on days when the weather does not cooperate with your plans.