Three Reasons to Try the Treadmill
As is often the case in life, the simplest things are often the best. This applies to exercise too. For example, one of the best forms of exercise, running, is a direct outgrowth of one of the first things we learn to do—walk. Also, running can reap great physical benefits as we get older. Indeed, along with swimming, running offers one of the best overall workouts. But running does have its drawbacks. Prolonged running, especially on hard surfaces, can wreak havoc with your lower body. Unless you have an indoor track available to you, extremes of weather and temperature can complicate or curb even the most ambitious running program. Never one to overlook a potential market, the exercise machine industry has responded with all types of indoor running machines. One that continues to grow in popularity is the home treadmill. Why? Here are three key reasons:
- Convenience—Most people prefer not to exercise outside when it is cold, inclement, or dark. Even if you have access to an indoor track or a health club, finding a regular time to run during a busy week's schedule can be difficult. Owning a treadmill solves these problems. People who own one have the opportunity to exercise more often.
- Physical benefits—Exercising on a treadmill has wide-ranging benefits. Using a treadmill has great cardiovascular value for the heart, lungs, and circulatory system. It is a very efficient way to lose body fat, strengthen muscles and bone, and help reduce stress.
- Low-impact workouts—Despite all the benefits, years of walking or running can take its toll on feet, legs and hips, especially if you exercise on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete. Treadmills, particularly higher-end models with built-in shock absorption properties, can reduce the stress placed on your feet, legs, and joints.