Treadmills are one of the more popular pieces of fitness equipment in the United Kingdom. I blame the weather! And are mostly used for weight management, weight loss, and improved fitness.
I thought it would be nice to write an article to discuss the many reasons you should buy a treadmill. Here are 9 reasons you want a treadmill.
- Treadmills Are Good For Weightloss (Even When Walking)
- 2. Treadmills Can Prevent You From Training Too Hard (Sounds Good To Me)
- 3. Increase In Speed While Barely Feeling A Thing!
- 4. Watching The Soaps, Eating a kebab While Burning Calories
- 5. Watch Tv As You Go (Not On The Go)
- 6. Set Goals Together, Succeed Together (Then Argue About Who Won)
- 7. Save Yourself A Little Money (Possibly)
- 8. Uphill Aint So Bad (Sometimes)
- 9. Exercise In Private (My Pace Or The Highway)
Treadmills Are Good For Weightloss (Even When Walking)
Treadmills help thousands of people each year reach their fitness goals and achieve their weight loss goals. Owning a treadmill doesn’t mean you have to sprint on it every day as if your training to take on Usain Bolt in the 100m sprint. No, you can take it easy and still reach your goals by walking and jogging while still burning excess calories.
Walking at only 3 miles per hour can burn up to 8 kilojoules/ 2 calories for every kilo of your body weight every half an hour. Not too bad?
That means a person weighing 100 kilos could burn 500 calories every 30 minutes / 800 kilojoules.
While Jogging at roughly 10 k/ph (6 miles per hour) burns 21 kilojoules / 5 calories per kilo of body weight every half hour. So, a person weighing 100 kilos, this 2100 kilojoules or 500 calories every 30 minutes.
Running at 14 kph per hour (9 miles per hour) burns 30 kilojoules / 7 calories per kilo of your body weight per half hour. Again, for someone weighing 100 kilos, this equates to 3000 kilojoules or 700 calories every 30 minutes.
Walking and jogging will also raise your heart rate into the correct zone needed for weight loss.
2. Treadmills Can Prevent You From Training Too Hard (Sounds Good To Me)
A common mistake people make when working out is working too hard. Training too hard at the beginning of your fitness program can lead to an injury and also encourage you to quit before you see any results, as it seems too difficult.
Treadmills can help to regulate the speed you jog and run cam often help beginners avoid the common mistake of starting too fast. There are also treadmills on the market that adjust the speed of the running belt by monitoring your heart rate, making sure you are in the correct heart rate zone.
3. Increase In Speed While Barely Feeling A Thing!
A benefit of training on a treadmill is that the speed can be adjusted little by little as your fitness level increases. Allowing you to adjust speed a little bit faster periodically (each week or month) and barely feel the difference.
Because you can control your speed with the touch of a button, treadmills are also great for interval training. Meaning you run, then jog, and walk within the same workout session.
4. Watching The Soaps, Eating a kebab While Burning Calories
The main benefit for us in the UK is that you’re able to use the treadmill anytime. No longer do I need to go out for a run on a cold, damp, and breezy night in October. I now sit, sorry run, in the comfort of my bedroom, watching the soaps and eating a kebab while burning those extra calories consumed during the day.
We all have busy lives, so it is often difficult to get out for a run even when the weather is beautiful. But my treadmill is ready for me anytime I want to have a run, even if it’s only for 10 minutes at night.
Having your treadmill at home can even be more beneficial than joining your local gym as you don’t need to worry about opening and closing times, or your schedule. Giving you more freedom overall.
5. Watch Tv As You Go (Not On The Go)
Like I mentioned a moment ago, owning a treadmill allows you to work out and train while watching your favourite tv shows and listening to music.
Word of warning: Don’t get too used to watching your favourite tv shows while training. I developed a bad habit! I went out for a jog and couldn’t help but watch an episode on my phone until the lamp post stopped me!
Just kidding (obviously), but seriously, watching the tv while running makes the time pass quicker and can make the overall experience more enjoyable.
Watching TV while walking or jogging on a treadmill often makes your workout seem a lot shorter and even a little easier.
6. Set Goals Together, Succeed Together (Then Argue About Who Won)
A treadmill at home can also help the whole family keep fit. Research shows if all the family sets a goal together, to either get fit or lose weight, each family member is more likely to achieve their goals and succeed.
7. Save Yourself A Little Money (Possibly)
Gym fees can be expensive when added up over the space of a year, but a treadmill is a one-off payment that is often cheaper than the overall cost of your gym membership. And if more than one person in the household decides to use it, it provides even more value for money.
As most treadmills come with extended warranties and often lifetime guarantees on the frames, you can be sure to get many years out of your new running partner.
8. Uphill Aint So Bad (Sometimes)
Using the incline on your treadmill can produce great results and allow you to raise the intensity of your workouts as you go. And at the touch of a button, you can simulate walking or jogging uphill, helping to increase heart rate and burn more calories.
9. Exercise In Private (My Pace Or The Highway)
As most people are, I’m slightly self-conscious and would rather avoid working out in public when I have the choice. Now I’m able to work out in the privacy of my own home and more relaxed during and after a workout.
I also never feel the need to push myself to fit in with the crowd and run at the pace that suits me the most, and as I said a moment ago, I feel more relaxed going at my own pace.