Benefits of Treadmills

By Kelsey Childress

  • Overview

    Benefits of Treadmills
    Benefits of Treadmills
    There are many benefits of regular treadmill use. A treadmill can be used all year-round, and this makes finding an excuse not to exercise nearly impossible. Whether you have a treadmill in your own home, or you are using one in a gym, it is an easy and cost-effective way to create and maintain a great exercise routine. There are so many advantages to using a treadmill--better health, weight loss and maintenance, time saved, physical endurance and muscle development.
  • Better Health

    Studies have shown the exercising on a treadmill, even if it is only at a walking pace, can lower blood pressure, lower the chances of catching the common cold, the flu, dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. According to the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State University, just the daily recommended amount of exercise, 30 minutes, can have a significant impact on your level of physical and mental health. Besides the physical benefits named above, walking on a treadmill and other forms of exercise can boost memory, ease depression symptoms, and maintain normal brain functions.
  • Weight Loss and Maintenance

    Weight loss is one of the most popular reasons why people purchase and use treadmills on a regular basis. Incorporating treadmill workouts into a healthy eating program can speed weight loss and ensure that a healthy weight is maintained. A recent study has shown that it is possible to lose up to 14 lbs. per year just from walking 20 minutes per day, five days per week. Gradual weight loss from an everyday walking or running treadmill exercise routine is an easy way to lose weight and keep it off.

  • Time Saved

    According to the Treadmill Adviser website, using a treadmill burned, on average, 200 calories more per hour than an exercise bike and around 100 calories more than a rowing machine or stair stepper. This proves that exercising on a treadmill saves time and burns calories more effectively than other machines, when used at the correct speed and intensity. Calories can be burned at a faster pace when the treadmill is placed on an incline. Most treadmills can go up to a 10 percent incline, and varying levels of incline can create a good variety to daily workouts.
  • Physical Endurance

    The treadmill has been used as a form of physical therapy and rehabilitation. A study done at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago shows that patients suffering from peripheral arterial disease (PAD) showed increased artery dilation and blood flow after months of daily six-minute treadmill sessions. The study participants could also walk longer distances than those suffering from PAD who were not using treadmills. Besides being a great physical therapy tool, regular treadmill use also improves overall physical fitness and health.
  • Muscle Development

    Another level of physical fitness that is improved by treadmill use is overall muscle tone and development. In 'Automated treadmill rebuilds muscles after stroke', published on Reuters in February 2007, it was reported that a specialized treadmill was being used to help rebuild muscle mass in stroke patients who had been left partially paralyzed. After a month of regular treadmill sessions, the stroke patients had increased muscle strength. As stated earlier, using the incline feature on a treadmill will not only increase the intensity of workouts, but will also create overall muscle tone faster while also especially targeting the quadriceps and buttocks areas.
  • Conclusion

    Using a treadmill regularly has several benefits, including weight loss, greater muscle tone, increased physical endurance and fitness, and improved overall mood. These benefits make treadmills an economical and easy way to exercise.
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