There are some people that get such a good feeling from running that they will run whether it’s sunny, snowy, or rainy. However, when it’s too cold or you don’t feel safe running when it’s dark, you need an indoor workout that you feel good about.
That’s where having a treadmill comes in handy, but you may have to do your research to find a model with which you’re happy. Don’t be afraid to try out different models in your sporting goods store. This is an important purchase so take your time and ask questions if you need to.
Here are six pros and cons of exercising on a treadmill:
You Control How Long You Exercise
You can start and stop your workout any time you want. It’s also a good time to catch up on your favorite television shows. As a bonus, some newer treadmills have their own television. What could be better than that?
No Dress Code
Another advantage of running on a treadmill is you can dress in whatever you like rather than putting on a jogging suit and running shoes.
If you want to exercise without shoes or socks, practice walking on a softer surface first. Good examples are around your yard or in a local park.
Helps Build Muscle / Good Cardio Workout
It gives you a great cardio workout and your doctor has probably nagged you about getting more exercise. Exercising on a treadmill can help lower blood pressure and strengthen your heart. You may feel so good that you’ll make this part of a daily routine.
You may lose weight and build more muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, and the slimmer you look.
If you have been used to working out at the gym with all the other members, exercising at home can get very lonely. Maybe you’re the type that likes an exercise buddy, but unless you have more than one treadmill, your friends are not likely to join in.
If you have knee pain, check with your doctor first before you start exercising on your treadmill. If you set the treadmill at a low speed you may bounce up and down more than you would on a flat surface outside. The slow motion can also increase the impact on your heel and knees.
A treadmill workout is confined to a small area, so it’s easier to over-, under- or side-step and fall off the belt during a run. Most treadmills have rails that you can hang on to, and this is especially important when you’re raising or lowering your speed level.
You can’t put a price on your health. Taking care of yourself will allow you to participate in all that life has to offer.