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Updated January 28, 2011

Treadmills are the most popular home exercise equipment, with 33% of the sales, according to Sporting Goods Business magazine. They are also effective. Studies found that treadmills ranked number one among exercise machines in burning calories. Come find out how to choose the model that is right for you and how to use it in your workout.

Indoors vs. Outdoors

Pros:
  • Convenience
  • Climate control - no rain, wind, cold, heat.
  • Safety - no traffic, muggers, trail hazards.
  • Multi-tasking: read, watch TV, listen to music, monitor family.
  • Treadmill workouts burn as many calories as walking outdoors.
Cons:
  • Does not train balance muscles as well as walking on an uneven surface, negotiating curbs, etc. This is important as we age, it helps prevent falls and broken hips.
  • Boredom factor higher than with outdoor workouts.

Treadmill Workouts

Any walking workout can be used on the treadmill.

20 Best Treadmill Workouts Dave McGovern in Walking Magazine describes how to get a good indoor workout.

How to Beat Treadmill Boredom Stay entertained while working out.

NEXT > Before You Buy a Treadmill | Reviews | Manufacturers and Retail Sites

Sources:

Zeni AI, Hoffman MD, Clifford PS. "Energy expenditure with indoor exercise machines." JAMA. 1996 May 8;275(18):1424-7.

Moyna NM, Robertson RJ, Meckes CL, Peoples JA, Millich NB, Thompson PD. Intermodal comparison of energy expenditure at exercise intensities corresponding to the perceptual preference range." Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2001 Aug;33(8):1404-10.

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