The treadmill is a piece of exercise and fitness equipment commonly found in gyms and health clubs worldwide. When you discover the many benefits that can be gained from exercising on a treadmill you will better understand why it presents one of the best workout options available today.
First, and foremost, the exercise and fitness treadmill is simple and easy to operate and use. There are no weights to lift and adjustments to be made. You simply have to get on the treadmill start the belt, and begin running or walking on it. Both and speed and incline of the treadmill can be adjusted to your liking at any time during your workout, making it easy to adjust the machine so that it is comfortable for you to use.
Another advantage of using a treadmill over other exercise and fitness equipment is that absolutely everyone can use it. Even pregnant women, who have to avoid most forms of exercise in order to avoid injuring their babies, are able to use a treadmill for their workouts. People who suffer from osteoporosis and hypertension can safely use a treadmill in their workouts. Exercising on a treadmill helps to strengthen the heart and improve the range of movement in the joints, and this form of exercise can be done by anyone and everyone.
Using a treadmill helps you burn more calories than you would while using any other form of exercise equipment. It is stated in the Journal of the American Medical Association that an hour of exercise on a treadmill at medium intensity burns seven hundred calories. This is more than the amount of calories burned while exercising for an hour on another machine such as an exercise bike or skiing machine.
When exercising on a treadmill you are able to set your own pace, thus the pace of your workout will always be comfortable and within your limits. Since treadmills are usually located indoors, you do not have to worry about inclement weather. Also, the incline of the treadmill can be changed, helping to simulate the terrain under real world conditions. The belt of the treadmill also provides a smooth surface for you to walk or run on, minimizing the risk that you might trip and fall. You can even engage in other activities while using a treadmill such as listening to music or watching television.
A treadmill will fit easily into a home, and some models of treadmill even fold up for easy storage when not in use. Before you purchase a treadmill you should ensure that it will fit in your home and that it folds up to a size that you can comfortably store.
There are a few factors that you should consider when purchasing a treadmill for exercise and fitness. The first is that an ideal treadmill will have a powerful and durable motor. Continuous duty motors tend to last longer than peak duty motors do so you should look for a treadmill with a continuous duty motor. Also, the larger the motor in the treadmill the more expensive the treadmill will be.
A treadmill should be well-built and durable, and should not fall apart easily. You should only purchase a treadmill that comes with a warranty. This way, if your treadmill becomes spoilt or worn, then you do not have to pay to get it repaired. Safety features are also an important factor, and a good treadmill should have an automatic shut-off feature.
With the right treadmill and a good exercise and fitness program, you will be able to stay fit and healthy. If you wish to purchase a treadmill you should contact your local treadmill dealer.
Dave is a Kinesiologist, former Personal Trainer, and Contributor at http://www.theexerciseden.com