Can you lose weight on the treadmill? Gaining weight is a breeze, the hard part is losing it later. No matter how hard you try, it always seems like nothing is happening. And while some people are lucky enough to have a metabolism that doesn’t let them gain weight (no matter how many kibbles they eat), the rest of us don’t. Besides, many times, we take the big step of joining a gym or buying a treadmill for home, but it ends up being too monotonous and we get bored soon after.
If this is your case, here are 6 treadmill exercises to lose weight, which will not only help you get rid of the hated flabbiness, but will also make you have a good time:
1. Interval exercises
The best and easiest exercise routine, and also the most effective, is undoubtedly the interval exercise. First you should start by warming up by walking at a comfortable pace for about 5 minutes. Then you should increase the speed and keep it constant for 7-8 minutes, then increase it a little more and keep it up again. If you feel comfortable running, keep doing it until the last few minutes. After running, do the same speed routine in reverse to cool down.
2. Light weights
To perform this routine you must be well focused. It is a routine that works two or more parts of your body at the same time. First, you must start by walking at a high speed, while you are comfortable and stable. While walking, carry light weights in your hands. Now, when you are comfortable, start doing biceps and triceps exercises while you walk. Ask your instructor to tell you the correct posture to avoid any injury. And, above all, make sure you use very light weights.
3. The Towel Trick
This trick is very effective for all those who cannot carry weights due to a health problem, or for beginners. While walking on the treadmill, pick up a towel with both hands and lift them up so that the towel is parallel to your chest. This way, lower it to your thighs. Keep repeating this exercise as you walk. Then bring your hands closer together (parallel to your ears) and bring the towel up and down.
4. Walk with a bow
If you do not have a medical history of knee pain or low vitamin D levels, ask your instructor to tell you the best speed and incline for you, and start walking. You’ll feel like you’re climbing a mountain. It’s a perfect exercise for toning your thighs and buttocks.
5. Exercise circuit
This routine is more temporary. All you have to do is combine fun exercises: for example, start by running on the treadmill at speed 7 or 8 for 3 minutes, then get out and do 100 star jumps, 10 push-ups and 50 oblique sit-ups. Take a 5-10 second break and repeat the set. Do 3-5 sets depending on your experience. You can also increase the time and repetitions of your exercises.
6. Walk sideways
This is another good routine for your thighs. Mark a peace where you can walk comfortably. Now, little by little, change your direction and stand sideways on the treadmill. At first it may look very difficult and require a lot of effort, but you won’t achieve your goals without sweating, will you?
Now you know, treadmill exercises can work your whole body, even the most problematic areas such as your thighs, abdomen and buttocks. Plus, they increase your endurance, and best of all, you can do them while watching your favorite show, talking on the phone, or isolating yourself from trouble by listening to music. What are you waiting for?