You love to run — when the weather is good. Unfortunately, the weather is not always good, not even in warm weather climes. Summer days can often be too hot. Or too humid. Then, there’s the winter. You just don’t like running when it’s below a certain temperature. Or when it’s really windy.
I bet that you would love to run even more if you didn’t have to worry about rain, or snow, or potholes, or traffic. Fortunately, many gyms have a solution. More than one in fact. Running around an indoor track is one solution. Running on treadmill machines is another.
Advantages of Treadmill Machines
Running — or walking — on treadmill machines might even have more advantages than running or walking indoors around a track has over running or walking outdoors. There are several reasons. For starters, many treadmill machines allow you to adjust how fast you are running or walking. Many treadmill machines also allow you to adjust the angle you are running or walking uphill or downhill. You can run uphill or downhill outside too, but indoors it feels like more of a choice.
Exercising on treadmill machines is also very convenient. Besides the all-weather advantages, treadmill machines also give people more of an opportunity to multitask. Try reading while running outdoors! You can also watch a big-screen television or listen to music without earphones while on a treadmill.
Are you worried that treadmill machines won’t have a significant impact on your fitness or weight loss? Relax. The “Treadmill Routines Make Indoor Exercising Less Routine” report emphasizes that even just walking on the treadmill can strengthen all your leg muscles. Your calves and quadriceps will be particularly strengthened. If you’re walking or running up an incline, the back part of your upper legs will becoming even stronger.
And here’s the kicker information that you might be looking for to convince you to use a treadmill machine. Although calories burned charts show that you burn more calories per minute outdoors primarily because you need to exert more energy to overcome the obstacles of the outdoors such as the wind and rough surfaces, people who exercise on treadmill machines burn MORE calories than people who exercise but don’t have treadmill machines.
“The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness” reported that treadmill users lost about six more pounds than non-treadmill users during a six-month study. Basically, exercising regularly is more important than the quality of each workout, the study concluded.
How much weight can you lose exercising on a treadmill machine? Below are some numbers. Keep in mind that you lose one pound when you burn 3,500 calories. The numbers are all for 150-pound people. Heavier people burn more calories. Lighter people burn fewer calories. You can use the calculators linked in this article to figure out how many calories you will burn.
- When you’re walking on a flat treadmill, you burn 213 calories if you’re walking 3 mph for 60 minutes, 194 calories if you’re walking 2.5 mph for 60 minutes, and 165 calories if you’re walking 2 mph for 60 minutes.
- When you’re walking on a treadmill that is set on an incline as if you are walking up a hill, you burn 450 calories if you’re walking 3 mph on a 5 percent incline for 60 minutes, 303 calories if you’re walking 2 mph on a 5 percent incline for 60 minutes, 645 calories if you’re walking 4 mph on a 10 percent incline for 60 minutes, and 834 calories if you’re walking 4 mph on a 15 percent incline for 60 minutes.
- When you’re running on a flat treadmill, you burn 660 calories if you’re running at a pace of 10 minutes per mile for 60 minutes, 825 calories if you’re running 8-minute miles for 60 minutes, and 957 calories if you’re running 7-minute miles for 60 minutes.
- When you’re running on a treadmill that is set on an incline, you burn 1,077 calories running 8-minute miles on a 5 percent incline for 60 minutes, 1,263 calories running 8-minute miles on a 10 percent incline for 60 minutes, and 1,452 calories running 8-minute miles on a 15 percent incline for 60 minutes.
As you can see, you can definitely lose a lot of weight if you run on treadmills, particularly if the treadmill is on an incline.