Treadmills are a popular way of walking and running without having to go outside. This allows people who live in extreme climates to still get their exercise in without having to endure blistering hot or freezing cold temperatures. Although exercise is a prime component of any weight loss program, we often hear the question, “Will a treadmill help me lose weight fast?” The answer to that really comes down to how you use your treadmill. This article will go over the various ways that people incorporate treadmills into their training sessions and how you can fashion your workout to increase the speed of your weight loss.
If you use your treadmill to walk at a leisurely pace, there is no doubt that you will burn calories. But how many calories you burn will really come down to how long you end up walking. If you spend a half hour gently sauntering on the treadmill, you’ll likely only burn 100 to 200 calories. When compared to an average daily diet of 2000 to 25000 calories, a simple half hour walk isn’t going to create that much of a calorie deficit. If you upped your pace to a brisk walk, you will burn more calories, but it’ll still be in the 150 to 225 calorie range – still not a huge amount.
If you want to start moving even faster, you’ll definitely burn more calories. An easy paced half hour jog will up your calorie burn to around 250 or 350. Stepping up the pace, even more, can push you up to burning 500 to 700 or more calories. Now it seems you’re actually getting somewhere! Another way to increase your calorie burn rate even further is to do longer sessions. Extending your program to 45 minutes will increase your calorie burn by another 50%. If you can handle being on the treadmill for an hour, you’ll double your numbers.
One way to increase the calories burned without spending more time on the treadmill is to throw in some high-speed intervals. By increasing the treadmill speed to close to your maximum capacity for short periods of time, say a minute or two, you’ll raise your breathing rate and your calorie burn rate even more. It’s been found that by adding high-speed intervals to your normal treadmill workout you’ll burn far more calories than if you remain at a steady speed for longer periods of time.
Many treadmills allow you to increase the angle of the track to simulate the action of running uphill. Although this will burn extra calories, running on a constant incline can be hard on your body. A way around this is to do incline intervals where you run at a high angle for a few minutes and then lower back to level ground for several more. You’ll get the benefit of the extra calorie burn without doing permanent damage to your body.
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