Treadmills are a great tool for weight loss, improving fitness, and increasing mental health through physical activity, and having a home treadmill is an affordable way to bring fitness into your home for the whole family to use. But not everyone will want to use the treadmill for running due to motivational purposes or physical limitations.
This is why we created the Home Treadmill Training series – giving you new ways to use your home treadmill for exercise other than running and still achieve weight loss.
Ways To Promote Weight Loss While Walking On A Treadmill
While running is a great way to burn calories, there are ways you can effectively incorporate treadmill walking workouts into your weight loss plan. Some things you can do are:
One of the most important things you can do when it comes to working out is to be consistent with your exercise. If you are counting on your workouts to help with your weight loss, you may want to commit to working out at least 5 days per week for 20-60 minutes.
Add Incline To Your Walks
You may burn more calories when you add incline to your walking workouts, as the higher incline level requires your body to work harder and engages different muscles. If you are looking to push yourself, check out the NordicTrack Incline Trainer Series, which have an incline range of -6% up to 40%, higher than many other treadmills.
Engage In Interval Walking
Moving at the same pace for your entire workout may not burn as many calories as mixing up your speeds. To help you improve your treadmill walks, try alternating between a moderate walking pace for 2-3 minutes and follow with speed walking for 1 minute.
Use A Heart Rate Monitor
To help gauge your exertion and potential calorie burn, you can use a heart rate monitor and aim to reach your maximum heart rate. You can use the pulse grips that come on all NordicTrack treadmills or the wireless heart rate monitoring chest strap, which is included with some NordicTrack treadmills.
(Although tracking your progress on a heart rate monitor can benefit your fitness level, keep in mind that heart rate monitors used for exercise such as the pulse grips are not medical devices, and their accuracy may be affected by a number of factors. They are also not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)
Break Up Your Workouts
If you don’t have time to commit to a lengthy workout, you can break your walks up over the course of the day. That way, you can pack in an effective workout and keep boosting your calorie burn throughout the day.
If you don’t have a treadmill or you’re looking to update your home gym equipment, check out NordicTrack treadmills. We have a wide range of treadmills at a variety of price points, so you can find the right treadmill for your treadmill walking needs.