A Beginner's Guide to Treadmill Workouts

Published: 04th May 2010
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Beginner's Exercises

How do you lose all that weight? Walking, jogging and running are all cardiovascular exercises. These exercises ensure the movement of the various muscle groups in your physique. Your thighs, arms, legs, back muscles and one of the most essential muscles in your physique, your heart. Whenever you move at a normal fast pace, activity in your physique starts to make you sweat. This is what the health geeks call "loosing calories". Hence cardiovascular exercises are the most popular exercise regimen for ensuring weight loss. Most of these cardio exercises are best done on treadmills. So what treadmill workout routins will ensure weight loss?

Very first and foremost, you need to decide what sort of workout you would like to do. Do you want to do a few minutes a day or would you prefer to dedicate 2 days soley for your exercise workout? For beginners, I recommend performing a short daily routine say like 15 to 30 mintues a day. When I first started years back although still working at the sports shop, I remember performing 30 mintue workouts when I got house. I'd turn the TV on, catch the news and fire up the treadmill although performing it.

Treadmill Workouts
Walking
The most obvious point to do with a treadmill is, of course, walking. This is the first part of your workout routine and it is essential simply because this really is where you warm up. You can't just hop on the treadmill and set the point to high! You have to warm up! I can't stress that enough but it is very essential. Do a steady walking pace for about 5 minutes. Begin with normal walking speed for the first 2 minutes then bump it up to a brisk walk for the remaining 3 minutes.

Running
After having done your walking warm up, its time to kick it up a notch. Lets begin running! Begin your workout about 5 - 10 minutes with a light jog. After that, bump it as much as a brisk jog, it should be as fast as your normal average running speed. Maintain this speed for another 10 minutes. Of course, when you begin to feel exhausted, turn it back down to do a light jog so that you are able to catch your breath. It would be a good idea to maintain a bottle of water nearby too just in case the thirst starts to kick in. When you're as much as it continue on with your brisk jog for another 10 minutes.

Using the Incline
You will find some treadmills that have an incline function (the more expensive ones at least). Utilizing this function will enable the treadmill to lift itself up at an angle so that it mimics the feeling of walking or running uphill. This obviously means that you're going to have to exert more effort to do this workout now since gravity is against you. A fair warning though, don't go beyond the incline limit or else you'll discover your face first about the floor. I've observed lots of individuals try to go over the incline limit only to see them hit thier face about the floor. I know its funny but this is no laughing matter. I've even observed a guy break his nose.

Interval Workout
Most treadmills comes with an interval workout feature. This is a preset function that automatically changes settings for you personally on the treadmill. Some treadmills even go the additional mile and adjusts the speed automatically. With the combination of slow and fast workouts, mixed using the incline in this setting, it sure is going to be a challenge for the beginner. Consult first using the manual on what the preset settings are and if you're up to it, go for it but with care.

That's all there is to it. If your a beginner, after having read this article, you'll begin to appreciate what treadmills can do for you personally. So grab one and start doing those treadmill workoutsnow!


Eric Deko worked in the wholesale sporting good industry over 10 years. He is now a consultant in Denver for sports authorities. Eric enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains, and spending time with his wife and 2 daughters. Eric's primary interest is in fitness equipment for the home. While working for manufacturers, he gained enormous knowledge of treadmills and other home exercise equipment. Visit Eric's website to download his free Treadmill Buying Guides for Horizonbrands.

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