Treadmills for a Healthier Mind and Body

The treadmill is infamous for weight loss. Those who consider investing in one are generally those who want to shed a few pounds and trim their waistline. The others concerned with overall fitness choose to walk, jog or lift weights. The humble treadmill offers more benefits than it is known for. Despite its simplistic design, it incorporates walking, running, jogging and hill climbing in one package to give your body a full workout.

If you’re thinking of a purchase, we’ll give you more reasons to justify your decision.

1. Calorie burning:

As already discussed above, exercising on a treadmill can help you burn a considerable amount of calories. It does this by helping the user adjust the speed settings. As a warm up, one can start with slow walking and then gradually increase the pace. In doing to, you push your body to work harder indirectly prompting it to burn more calories to fulfill the energy requirement. A few treadmills models allow you to adjust the running belt at an incline. Running or walking at an incline requires more energy resulting in higher calorie burning.

2. Cardiovascular health:

Working out on a treadmill also keeps your heart in good health. With running, walking and jogging as its major components, treadmill exercises are classed as cardiovascular exercises. Cardiovascular exercises elevate the heart rate and hold it there for a certain period of time. In doing so, it improves blood circulation between the lungs and the muscles. It strengthens the heart muscles and the lungs. It also reduces the risk of a heart attack by preventing the thickening of arterial walls.

3. Muscle toning:

While it appears that a treadmill works out the muscles of the legs only, it also engages the abdominal muscles. For the muscle groups of the legs, it shapes and tones the calves and the hamstrings. Exercising on a treadmill can also have a lot to say in how your belly shapes up.

4. Bone health:

Running, walking or jogging on the road puts excessive strain on the joints and can cause joint pain. The padded surface of the treadmill belt makes cardiovascular exercising less stressful. It protects the joints. It also plays a major role in improving bone density. As such working out on a treadmill is the best option for those recovering from a physical injury or bone diseases such as arthritis and gout.

5. Mental health:

In addition to the physical benefits, treadmill exercises do a lot improve mental health and physical well being. Aerobic exercises increase the secretion of the endorphins. These hormones create a feel good feeling and help deal with stress and anxiety.


How Stepper Workouts Benefit You

At one point in time stair steppers where the go to machine in every gym across the nation. However, their popularity quickly faded and you no longer see as many people hammering to use them anymore. That can be partly due to the fact very few people understand the many benefits associated with using a stair stepper.

  1. Steppers Work All Muscles Of The Body

When you use a stair stepper you engage the largest muscles in your lower body. It’s just like you are climbing a real set of stairs. You will work your hamstrings, calves, glutes and quads. You will be working a ton of muscle fibers which means you will be burning a lot of calories.

  1. Effective Aerobic And Cardio Workout

When you use a stair stepper you will increase your overall aerobic capacity. That means everyday activities will become a lot easier to do. This basically means you will no longer feel so out of breath when you do things like walk up a flight of stairs.

  1. Fast Weight Loss

The stair stepper can also help you lose a lot of weight. As stated before, you burn a lot of calories when working out on this machine.

If you weigh 200 pounds you can burn over 800 calories with a 60 minute workout on the stair stepper. The number of calories you burn will ultimately depend on how intense your workout is and how long you workout. Work your way up to an hour workout and you will be able to burn a ton of calories.

How to Use A Stair Stepper

  • Using the stair stepper is really easy. Get on the machine and key in the information requested.
  • Rest your hands on the bar or side rails.
  • Avoid gripping the rails too tight. You should only use them for balance and not to hold you up. If you are just starting out using the machine it’s okay to hold on to the rails for the duration of the workout. Otherwise you should be able to use the machine without holding on the rails.
  • As a matter of fact, if you have to hold on to the rails it probably means you are going way too fast. So slow it down a bit and stay in control.
  • Be sure to stand upright when using the machine. You should only lean slightly forward at your hips. By leaning slightly forward you help protect your knees and lower back. Not that your posture is correct it’s time to start working out.
  • Take even steps. You don’t want to shake the machine by taking short quick hopping steps. This is dangerous and ineffective. It actually cuts down on the number of calories you burn. So keep your steps even and moderately deep. Don’t go all the way back down.
  • Always keep your entire foot on the pedal during the workout. This will help you get a better workout in your rear end and thighs. It will also help prevent putting too much pressure on your calf muscles.
  • All it takes is 10 minutes and you will see how much of your body this one machine can work.