Benefits of Treadmills
It’s no secret that in order to maintain an optimum level of health we need to exercise regularly. Cardiovascular exercise is synonymous with the keeping of a healthy heart and pair of lungs. Exercise in general will help you to lose weight or maintain your current weight, as well as keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control.
A good way to enjoy a moderate cardio workout is to walk on a regular basis. This will bring your heart, lungs, and all your major muscle groups into action, giving them a thorough workout. However, there are a number of problems that can hold people back from enjoying regular walks, and for these reasons, ownership of a treadmill can overcome a multitude of these problems that can present themselves right in between you and your exercise.
Overcoming Barriers to Exercise
One of the biggest factors that affects walking (in fact, any form of outdoor exercise really), is the weather. You may set out with the best of intentions as you tie the final knot in your laces, but when you open your door to the big wide world only to be greeted by what can only be described as a torrential rainfall, going for that nice leisurely walk can often be the last thing on your mind. If, like me, you find yourself geographically situated in an area or region that seems to have adopted its very own mini-climate that simply consists of varying degrees of rain, you should probably consider investing in a treadmill, as most of your time will be spent waiting for the right kind of weather for walking, rather than actually walking.
By using a treadmill from the comfort of your own home, the only weather condition you need to worry about is the position of the dial on the thermostat.
Another barrier to walking in the great outdoors is that unless you live in a particularly picturesque landscape, walking past the same tower blocks and offices every day can quickly become very boring. It could be argued that repeatedly planting one foot in front of the other only to look around and see that you are in fact going no where is more boring; but there are things that can be done to remedy this small barrier, such as positioning your treadmill in such a way as that you can watch the TV, or listen to music whilst you workout.
Advantages Over Walking
Many modern treadmills feature visual displays that can monitor and show you your progress in terms of distance travelled, calories burned, average speed; as well as motivational elements, and providing you with an accurate means through which to record your workout progress and improvement, it’s just nice to see in hard fact the work you’ve done, which you could only roughly guess at if you were walking out doors.
Another benefit of treadmills is the ability to fix the pace of your workout. Were you walking out doors on a day when you didn’t particularly feel very active, your walking pace may drop without you even noticing it, whereas the use of a treadmill will ensure that your level of exercise remains consistent and therefor accurately measurable.