If you have access to a treadmill then you have everything you need in order to lose weight. Whether you’re trying to cut a few pounds for a big event, or you are undergoing a complete lifestyle change to point you towards better health, a treadmill is the perfect tool to help you reach your weight loss goals.
Many people get discouraged when trying to lose weight. One of the hardest parts is knowing where to start. There is so much information out there, and so many different options and programs, that it is difficult to know which one to choose. But I am here to tell you that you really can keep it simple and still lose weight.
Trying to lose weight does not have to be a complicated, confusing process. Just choose one or two different workout options and start from there. Start with your treadmill. Below are the top 3 treadmill workouts for losing weight. Try one or all of these different options, doing them 3 to 5 times a week, and see the pounds starting to fall. Once you feel you’ve mastered these workouts, you can increase the intensity of them (with speed, incline, and/or time), or you can combine them.
Don’t underestimate the power of good old fashioned running when you are trying to lose weight. Steady cardio is a great way to burn fat. Steady running is a great way to start losing weight, especially for people who haven’t worked out a lot in the past. Even light jogging can start to help you lose weight. You can start at lower intensities/speeds, but do them for a more extended period of time.
At the beginning, you may only be able to jog, and you might not be able to do it for a very long time. But as your fitness level improves you can build up your speed and intensity, while staying at the same length of time. Eventually, as you are able to run at higher speeds, you will be able to run at speeds high enough that you will be able to lower the time you will need to run. Then, you can start incorporating the other two workouts on this list to help you burn even more fat.
How to do this workout: Do a five-minute warm up. Jog or run at a steady pace for 30 minutes to an hour (but if you need to start off with a shorter amount of time that is fine). Each week, add time to your workout and/or increase the speed on your treadmill. Work your way up to longer lengths of time, and then faster speeds. Always cool down after, and always make sure to stretch before and after you run.
Interval training is one of the best ways to lose weight. Interval training is the process of doing short spurts of extreme or high intensity exercise, followed by short periods of rest or slower movement, then repeating this. Interval training is a very popular method used by runners and many other types of athletes, and the treadmill is the perfect tool to help you with your interval training.
Not only does interval training cut down the time significantly that you will need to work out, but it will also help you to receive results much quicker than with traditional workouts. Interval training can help you to lose weight, improve your cardiovascular health, as well as improving your speed.
How to do this workout: Start by doing a five-minute warm up. Depending on your fitness level, your intervals can be anywhere from 90 seconds up to five minutes. I recommend starting at 90 seconds and then building your way up from there as you lose weight and your fitness improves. After your warm-up, run as quickly as you can for 90 seconds. Then, walk slowly for 90 seconds. Repeat five to ten times. End with a five-minute cool down. Work your way up to five minute intervals.
Adding hills or increased incline to your treadmill workout is another great way to help you lose weight. Not only will this help to give you a more intense cardio workout (helping you to burn more calories and lose more weight), but it will also help to strengthen your legs and other muscles.
How to do this workout: Do your five-minute warm up. With whatever treadmill workout you are doing that day, increase the incline of the treadmill. Start with a level 1 incline, and then continue to increase the incline on your treadmill each week.
You can also do interval incline workouts. These work the same as speed interval workouts, but instead of sprinting for a certain amount of time and then resting or walking, you jog or run at a high incline for the allotted time, and then rest or jog at a zero incline.
This article was contributed by Nicole. She writes about fitness topics and loves Orbit Fitness treadmills.