Developing a great Treadmill Exercise Program is as easy as walking.
The best things about walking on a treadmill, as opposed to walking
outside, are that there is no weather, and you can go as far as you
like without having to worry about the walk back home!
Walking in the great outdoors is wonderful exercise. Everyone should do
as much of it as they can. Walking three miles a day is good for the
body and good for the spirit.
But let’s face it, there are times when walking outside just isn’t
practical. Some of us live in great residential areas with wide
pavements, or close to trails that are designed for hiking and biking,
while others of us wrestle with walking in the road, and having to be
constantly alert to traffic, because the pavement is too narrow or
non-existent, and some of us live in areas where the weather can be
either painfully hot or terribly cold. It’s no fun walking on
treacherous, icy pavements, trudging through deep snow or walking in
100 degree heat and so we tend to put off this most elementary of all
exercise routines. But the benefits of regular walking are undeniable.
That’s where a great treadmill exercise program comes in.
Benefits of Walking
No matter what your fitness level, walking is for you. Walking helps to
increase your metabolism so that you can burn calories faster. It also
increases the demand for oxygen in the body, helps to reduce blood
pressure, and gets your heart and lungs working more efficiently.
Walking, which can take the form of a treadmill exercise program, is
great for obese people who are not up to more rigorous exercise.
If you can get your walking speed up to a brisk pace you can burn as
many calories as running
to lose weight without the negative effects on the body that
running can induce (knee and joint pain for example). If you are out of
shape or have not exercised in a while, you can start out at a slow
pace and gradually build your speed without straining your body.
There are also psychological benefits from walking. Think about it,
there is a low drop out rate among walkers. It is not like other forms
of exercise where you have to be competitive, get the moves down, or
otherwise master moves you don’t make in everyday life. Everyone knows
how to walk. Walkers report being more alert, feeling healthier,
sleeping better and less depressed.
Mixing it Up
Creating an effective treadmill exercise program is as easy as stepping
on the treadmill and pressing the “on” button. But to avoid boredom,
vary the program. Always start with a two minute warm up at a slow
speed and finish up the same way. In the middle mix up fast and slow
paces, and raise and lower the ramp. Experiment with hands free
walking, while swinging your hands by your side. If you have a busy
schedule, do three ten minute intervals, one in the morning, one in the
evening, and one during the day whenever you can find time. This can
just be just as effective as one thirty minute treadmill exercise
program and is often easier to stick to.