Monday, March 15, 2010

Using the Treadmill to Drop Pounds

The treadmill is the best health club machine for burning calories and cutting fat-it's better than stairclimbers, stationary bikes and elliptical trainers. It's not surprising that treadmill exercise has increased in popularity by almost 230% since 1990. What's the best way to burn calories on the treadmill? Walk slowly for an hour, or sprint for 5-10 minutes? Should you increase the elevation or run on the flat? Your goal is to burn as many calories as possible-the faster you exercise, the more calories you use. However, if you run or walk too fast, you'll run out of gas and won't use very many calories. As a rule, run or walk as fast as you can for 30-60 minutes. Boredom is your main enemy, so keep it interesting. Vary the exercise intensity during the session. Alternate between fast and slow, running and walking. Periodically, change the elevation. Use music to help you change pace-go fast while the music is going and slow down between songs. Use the built in programmer; it will automatically change the speed and elevation during the work out. Finally, visualize yourself running in the park.

(Yahoo Health, Dec. 6, 2001)

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