An immensely popular type of fitness equipment, treadmills enable you to exercise in the convenience and comfort of your own home. Treadmills are easy to use and provide an efficient and predictable aerobic workout, so they’re great tools for losing weight, getting fit, and staying fit.
Running outside demands more of your body than running on a treadmill, but it comes with several disadvantages. For example, you can’t run outside if the weather’s bad, and you may slow down in response to fatigue without even realizing it. Treadmills allow you to exercise whenever you want, no matter the weather. You can also get a better workout on a treadmill since you have the ability to set your desired pace and maintain it. Below are 7 benefits of running on a treadmill.
- Prevent injury
Running on concrete and asphalt everyday can place stress on the connective tissues in your legs. Treadmills, on the other hand, have a padded surface that decreases impact and protects you from injury. Running on a treadmill is particularly beneficial for those who are overweight or have knee problems. Treadmills also reduce the risk of tripping because they have a predictable surface, unlike the curbs, sidewalks, and trails you encounter outside.
- Add variety to your workouts
Treadmills can be used for running, walking, or jogging. And if the terrain is mostly flat where you live, you can simulate uphill and downhill running by adjusting the incline on your treadmill. Running on hills is one of the best ways to burn calories, improve your endurance, and build your strength. If you live in a hilly area and don’t want to run on hills for whatever reason, you can run at zero incline on your treadmill to avoid it!
- Customize your workouts
Whether you want to lose weight or you’re training for a marathon, running on a treadmill can help you reach your fitness goals. Treadmills allow you to create a workout based on the amount of time you have to exercise. Treadmills also give you complete control, enabling you to adjust the speed, incline, warm-up period, cool-down period, and amount of energy you expend.
Maintaining a precise pace and running a specific distance is easier when you have a treadmill. On the other hand, if you run outside, you may naturally slow down because of fatigue and thus have more difficulty reaching your goal pace. This can have a negative impact on the quality of your workout.
Interval training workouts, which alternate short, high-intensity bursts of speed with slow recovery periods, are a lot easier to do on treadmills because you can run precise distances at a set speed. Additionally, having a treadmill is helpful if you need to train for an event or maintain a specific pace when you’re lacking motivation.
- Keep track of your heart rate
Heart rate is the number of heartbeats per unit of time, typically expressed as beats per minute (BPM). You must maintain your heart rate at the proper intensity level for an extended period if you want your heart and lungs to receive the most benefit from your workout. If your heart rate gets too low, you won’t obtain the maximum benefit. Conversely, you can put your health in danger by letting your heart rate get too high.
Treadmills make it easier for you to monitor your heart rate. Many treadmills, including Precor treadmills, come with built-in heart rate monitoring systems that enable you to track your progress and stay within your zone of choice. At Health and Fitness Equipment Centers in Northeast Ohio, we offer the low-impact M9.33i and M9.35i Precor treadmills. Both models allow you to set a target heart rate and adjust incline to maintain your heart rate within two beats per minute of your target. We also offer the M9.27, M9.31, and M9.23 Precor treadmills. The M9.23 treadmill does not have heart rate monitoring capabilities, while the M9.27 and M9.31 treadmills both have built-in heart rate features. You must purchase a chest strap separately in order to transmit your heart rate to the M9.27 and M9.31 treadmills.
- Have the ability to run, no matter the weather
Imagine being in your cozy, warm house and looking out the window. The wind is strong and cold, and the sidewalks are icy. Would you still lace up your running shoes and go for your daily run? More likely than not, you’ll opt to stay home and sit in front of the fireplace rather than risk injury and illness by braving the adverse weather.Having a treadmill allows you to keep up with your exercise regimen, no matter how bad the weather is outside. And cold weather isn’t all runners have to be wary of – running in hot weather also poses dangers, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
- Recover from hard and fast runs
Competitive runners typically like to push themselves every time they go running, but doing so everyday isn’t advisable because the muscles need time to rest and recover. By alternating your hard and fast runs with easy runs, you can give your body the break it needs, so you’re able to complete your harder runs at an optimal pace and quality.
- Alleviate boredom
Are long runs a part of your fitness routine? Running on a treadmill for a few hours can get boring, but so can running outside. The difference is that when you run on a treadmill, you can listen to music, watch TV or movies, or read a book or magazine to entertain your mind.
Looking to ramp up your exercise routine without having to pound the pavement? At Health and Fitness Equipment Centers, we offer a variety of treadmill models. Stop by one of our stores or browse our website to view the selection of treadmills we offer.
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