Walking or jogging on a treadmill every day will provide you with multiple benefits such as weight control and rapid body composition changes, as well as promoting your mental health and overall wellbeing.
A cardiovascular workout involves any type of exercise that requires enough exertion to quicken your heart rate, thereby increasing the workload of the heart and lungs. Studies show that doing regular cardio workouts (that achieve an elevated heart rate) at least 30 minutes per day for 3 to 5 days a week will reduce the risk of heart disease, improve heart function, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, as well as provide other wellness benefits.
Another advantage of doing the treadmill every day for regular exercise is that it gives you more energy as well as a sense of well-being as body movement allows for the release of hormones to help you cope with stress and feel more emotionally balanced.
Using a treadmill every day at even a moderate pace will help you to lose weight by burning additional calories, or help to maintain your current weight especially if you tend to cheat on calories and eat an additional 300 to 400 calories more than you should. If you want to get rid of extra pounds, keep in mind that a pound is equal to 3,500 calories, so to lose one pound in a week without dieting will mean you must walk or jog long enough to burn up 500 calories each day for seven days. Ideally, a combination of regular walking and eating an appropriate calorie-deficient diet is the best way to drop up to 2 or 3 pounds per week.
If you can’t exercise daily, doing the treadmill every other day for 30 to 60 minutes will still give you the minimal amount of exercise recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine.
One advantage of the treadmill you should definitely be using is the incline setting. Walking consistently at a slight incline with a setting of 1% or 2% is highly recommended both for you (the incline requires more muscle work from your legs) and it is better for the motor, since the incline allows gravity to reduce the amp load on the drive system, and will even give the motor longer life.
Using your home treadmill every day means you never have to miss a workout due to bad weather outside. You can even set a higher pace and try to jog, which might be something you are uncomfortable to be seen doing in public. You can also try out the challenging interval programs the machine may be equipped with. Since new treadmills offer heart rate monitoring, cooling fans, entertainment features, and so much more, be sure to shop for a machine that can be used to its full advantage.