Hey guys! So today let’s talk about the machine we all love. The amazing treadmill. These machines have been around for a very long time, to be precise 107 years. We will be looking at the benefits of using a treadmill at home. But first, let me ask you a question…
When you first walk into a gym, during a very busy period, which machines have the largest queue next to them? If your experience is anything like mine, then the unequivocal answer is the treadmill. That’s why people have now turned to home exercising. Just the thought of queuing up sends shivers down the spines of masses.
Treadmill for Fitness
First and foremost, the mighty treadmill is one of the best machines for weight loss and fitness. The amount of calories you can burn during a treadmill session is unbelievable. Not only can you burn a shed load of calories, but you can also improve muscle tone. Most avid exercisers hate training their legs (YES, the dreaded leg day). However, running, or walking on the treadmill is a great workout for you legs.
In addition, your glutes (bum muscles) get a fantastic workout. But hang on, there’s more! A little birdie just told me that you can also hold weights in your hand to help tone your arms! Wow…is there anything you can’t do on this machine.
Home Treadmills are Really Easy to Use
A home treadmill is very easy to use. You basically just plug in and go. They tend to have a number of preset programs, which means you can keep track of your progress. You also have the option to store your progress in most models.
Treadmills will guilt you into working out on a more consistent basis. Even though you can fold them away once you have finished your session, you will always see it in the corner of your eye. This is a good thing, as they stop laziness from creeping in.
Home Treadmill vs Road Running
As most of us probably know and have experienced, there is nothing like a good run to burn calories and clear your head. Some of us prefer the great outdoors to running on a treadmill, however in my experience, using a treadmill is safer for long term health.
The great thing about a treadmill is that there is no more running on uneven road surfaces. If you have ever run on the road, you know what havoc it can play with your knees. Especially if your form isn’t correct. From twisting to pounding, a serious knee injury is just around the corner if you have a lapse in concentration.
There is a lot of debate in regard to which burns more calories. Is it running on the road, or is it on your very own treadmill at home? Although road running burns more calories, there is not much difference.
Running in the comfort of your own home will also give you that peace of mind re injuries. There is a way to burn just as many calories on a treadmill, as road running. By using the incline feature. This is one of THE best features on a treadmill. Just a 1% incline has been proven to be just as effective as running on the road.
There is a really important factor you must keep in mind when purchasing a treadmill online. That is to ensure that the treadmill has a strong deck and shock absorption system. This is an important feature in order to keep your knees in good shape. Remember bad knees, can have a detrimental knock on effect to the rest of your body.
Pride Comes Before a Fall
Now, how many of you will put your hand up, when I ask if you have fallen over wires? Or have you fallen off a treadmill because you were not concentrating or trying to compete with the person next to you? If you belong to one of these categories, you will know that it is really embarrassing when you are known as “that guy, or girl”. I have known people that cancelled their gym memberships for these reasons.
Running on a treadmill can be a great way to burn calories, but if you are not paying attention, or you are competing with other gym members, you could have a serious accident. This is why running on a treadmill at home is so much safer and effective.
Fits in Your Pocket
Well, it won’t ACTUALLY fit in your pocket, but it will fit snugly into the corner. Not only can you easily find a place for your home treadmill but most home serving treadmills fold up! So once you have completed your exercise session, you can conveniently fold it up and push it out of the way, until your next use.
Running Whilst Enjoying Netflix
Another great advantage of investing in a home treadmill, is watching your favourite program whilst clocking up those miles. So when some people are sitting in front of the television with their popcorn and snacks, you could be watching your favourite program, whilst burning calories, instead of accumulating them. How great does that sound! Some treadmills come with a screen, so you don’t even have to have a TV in your room or home gym.
The beloved treadmill gets a massive thumbs up, as a piece of home exercise equipment. There are really no disadvantages to having a treadmill at home. In fact all the above makes you thoroughly aware of why every home gym needs one.
They are relatively inexpensive for what you are getting. You can purchase a great quality treadmill for around £400 (see The Top Home Treadmills – The Right Choice, for more information), which in the bigger scheme of things, is a bargain. So, get your running shoes on, put your head phones in and get ready to burn some calories in the comfort of your own home!
If you have any questions in regard to this post, please feel free to reach out and I will be more than happy to help. Enjoy your run!