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Treadmills & Weight Loss

One of the reasons treadmills are so popular is that everyone knows how to use them. You just step on it, select a program, and go. The treadmill offers a way to lose weight in a way as natural as walking. You can also jog or run. Because treadmills are made in many different sizes, they can be very convenient for home use.

Treadmill v. Other Exercise Machines

It is easy to get distracted by the promises of the newest weight loss gadget. This is especially true if you have become bored with your treadmill workouts. However, studies have shown that using a treadmill burns more calories than any other kind of exercise machine. Perhaps that’s why the popularity of treadmills has lasted as long as it has.

Treadmills v. Running

Which is more effective for weight loss, running outdoors or on a treadmill? For weight loss purposes there appears to be little difference. Of course, many people simply like to get out into the fresh air and see the scenary. Of course, an indoor treadmill allows you to watch television or do other things while not having to worry about your safety.

Home Treadmills v. Gym Treadmills

The most significant difference between home treadmills and those you will find at the gym is their size. Home treadmills are smaller so that they can fit in a smaller area. In a gym, Gym treadmills are built to be used and abused by all sizes of people for many hours per day. They typically cost more than $5,000. Home treadmills are designed to for much lighter use and are priced accordingly.

Weight Loss v. Fat Loss

Many people first think of weight loss, when they are really more concerned with fat loss. The simple difference is what the scale says, compared to how you look and feel. A scale can only measure your entire body weight. It does not break down that weight into water, fat, and muscle. Weight loss is often merely losing water. So instead of concentrating on weight, it is often better to use the Body Mass Index to estimate how much fat you are losing. if you are a very muscular person, you may weigh more than what the average weight is for you, but, since muscle weighs more than fat, you may have very little fat.


The treadmill is still one of the best ways in which to lose body fat, while strengthenin muscles, improving cardiovascular capacity, and improving general health.

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