If the idea of jogging outside in the cold while watching lyric-wearing fitness fanatics zoom past you doesn’t sound great you’ll be pleased to know that running on a treadmill offers the same health benefits as running outside. Here is how running on a treadmill can keep you healthy.
Jogging is a form of cardiovascular exercise which gives your heart a workout and gets your blood pumping. Cardiovascular exercise is important for maintaining a healthy heart and good blood circulation, plus it also makes you fitter which in turn increases your health and quality of life.
Go At Your Own Pace
The great thing about treadmills is that you can start off as slow as you want and gradually build up your fitness level without being thrown in the deep end. More exercise is generally better than less, but anything that encourages you to get moving (even if you just start walking on the treadmill while watching TV) will improve your health in the long run.
Incline & Natural Movement
Treadmills allow you to control the speed and incline so you can challenge yourself to run faster and work on your mountain climbing skills, but they still allow a natural running motion which stops you accidently cheating by relying too much on the machine. The incline also increases stamina and will help you deal with real-life inclines like stairs and hills.
Treadmills can burn 100 calories every ten minutes, so they are a good source of weight loss. You also have the option of increasing the speed on a treadmill which is perfect for high intensity work outs. HIIT makes your body work harder and often yields faster results, so instead of jogging for half an hour, you could up the speed and push yourself to the max for 45 seconds before returning to a more comfortable level.
Kind On Joints
Running on a treadmill puts less pressure on the body than running on a flat outdoor surface so it’s a good alternative if you are concerned about your joints.
Running on a treadmill released endorphins which make you happier and decrease stress. Mental health is as important as physical health, so a healthy way of being happy sounds like a win win.