Any form of exercise, and a certain degree of physical activity is undeniably beneficial; and hitting the gym for a routine workout is one of the most popular ways of fitting that set quota of exercise into our schedules. In the Getting Fit at the Gym series of posts, we’ll look at the benefits of the different kinds of exercise equipment found in a gym. In this post, we talk about treadmills, and what makes them favourites at the gym.
A Healthy Dose of Cardio
Walking or running on a treadmill for about half an hour, four to five days a week, helps maintain cardiovascular health and general fitness. It is also said to burn more calories than the other cardio options in a gym; namely exercise bikes, elliptical trainers, and steppers.
Lower Impact on Joints
The padded surface of a treadmill reduces shock and is thereby easier on the knees and ankles. A treadmill provides the benefits of a good run or a brisk walk without the strain that a tarred road or pavement would put on your joints.
Most treadmills allow you adjust the incline and speed to a level that you’re comfortable with. Several treadmills also come equipped with distance and cardio monitors that tell you exactly how much distance you’ve covered and how many calories you’ve burned, to help you fine tune your workout till you know exactly what settings to use and how much time to spend on a treadmill.
And this is possibly the thing that cinches it for gyms and treadmills, considering our fast-paced lifestyles; you can install a treadmill at home, ensuring you won’t ever miss a workout owing to bad weather or worse traffic!