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Benefits of Using Treadmill Programs

July 10th, 2012

It’s important to stay motivated to workout. Doing the same workout everyday can lead to workout-boredom, which can eventually lead to giving up on fitness goals. It’s not just your mind that gets bored after a while of the same exercise, sooner or later your body will adapt to the workout you’re doing and will be challenged less (if at all). In order to keep you and your body actively engaged in fitness, you should choose a program that fits you and your objectives best.

Every program is designed with a purpose; the first step is to ask yourself, “What are your intensions?” Am I trying to loose weight, do I want to build muscle, am I looking to improve my endurance and cardiovascular health, am I training for a 5K, 10K, or a marathon, etc. You are more likely to see improvement if you set a goal and a program out for yourself.

Most treadmills are equipped with a selection of workout programs. These standardized programs help you keep your fitness sessions a little more fun and interesting. Some of the most common programs you’ll find on treadmills are:

-          Endurance programs are specifically designed to keep your heart rate elevated. They’re often used to improve cardiovascular health, as well as to train for marathons or other events.

-          Incline programs have many benefits. For starters, it’s a way of improving your cardio vascular health without having to increase treadmill speed. Secondly, it works your leg muscles differently and more efficiently than a flat surface does.

-          Interval speed programs are used by athletes all around the world. It’s an appealing way of burning fat and calories, fast! The key lies in the combination of short, high intensity bursts, followed by a recovery period in which your body tries to recover and starts burning fat. Interval speed training is a more advanced way of working out and should be done with caution.

-          Heart rate programs adjust the speed of the treadmill to your current heart rate allowing you to have a constant, targeted heart rate. These programs are also used to improve cardiovascular health.

Consult your physician before starting a workout program. Some of these programs can be dangerous to people with preexisting conditions. Your doctor will help you choose a program that is right for you.

Remember, treadmills have many benefits to them so make sure to take advantage of all the different programs your treadmill has to offer. Variety is key when it comes to workout programs, so don’t forget to switch it up!!!

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