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Will the Treadmill Make My Legs Smaller?

Exercise is a means of weight loss for many people.  But doing the right exercises and getting the appropriate amount of activity is something that confounds many would-be weight loss seekers.  A typical question might be, “Will the treadmill make my legs smaller?”  There are several factors which come into play when answering a question like this, but it must be mentioned outright that it’s not possible to lose weight from specific parts of the body.  Either you lose weight from your entire body or you don’t.  But this doesn’t mean that judicious use of the treadmill won’t help the shape of your legs.  To help you reach your goals we’ve put together a list of tips for treadmill workouts.

Exercise and Weight Loss

If it’s weight loss you’re trying to achieve, you’ll want to perform exercises which increase your heart and breathing rates to help create a calorie deficit in your body.  Treadmills are an ideal piece of machinery for this type of calorie burning.  They’re great at giving your entire body a workout while focusing on increasing your pulse rate and getting you to breathe heavily.  Ultimately this will lead to the loss of weight from your entire body, including your legs.

Workout Intensity

Both walking and running on the treadmill will help you burn calories and lose weight.  However, raising the intensity of your workout will aggressively increase the number of calories you burn during your session.  By increasing your treadmill speed from 6 km/h to 11 km/h you’ll burn more than twice the number of calories.  The faster you move the more effective your calories burning results.

Workout Consistency

Jumping on the treadmill every so often is not going to get you the results you’re looking for.  It’s been recommended that you should do an hour to an hour and a half or exercise five days a week.  This can be done in a single session in a day or with several sessions throughout the day, but consistency over time is the most important factor.  If you want to use the treadmill to make your legs smaller, make sure you’re using it on a regular basis.

Synergistic Metabolic Rate

The more you exercise the faster your metabolism will run.  This means a synergistic effect on your metabolism is created when your body is exercised on a regular basis.  By getting your body used to regular workouts your metabolism will run at a higher level over longer periods of time. 

Proper Form

Ensuring you’re using the proper form while exercising is not limited to those who are lifting weights.  Using proper form on the treadmill will not only reduce the chance of injury, it will increase the number of calories you burn.  Avoid slouching.  Keep your head high, your shoulders back and pump your arms along with your legs to get the most benefit possible from your treadmill workout.

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