How to Lose Weight on a Treadmill

Many us aim to lose weight but are most comfortable doing it on a treadmill. However, there are a few simple things that you will need to keep in mind if you wish to win your battle of bulge on a treadmill.

The treadmill should be placed in front of a television. You can even set your treadmill to make it easier for you to read a book or use a laptop while you workout. Engaging yourself in another activity while working on the treadmill will prevent you from getting bored and also make time spent exercising pass faster.

Invest in a comfortable pair of walking or running shoes. This is going to be a onetime investment so instead of looking for the price tag look for comfort. Also buy yourself a pair of workout clothes; sweat shirts and sweat pants or shorts is the best. Do not wear tight clothes that will make it difficult and uncomfortable for you to walk or run.

When you first begin set achievable targets. You will have to take into consideration your stamina, any previous body injuries that might slow down and any future injuries that your muscles and bones might suffer as you begin your workout. A good idea would be to use the treadmill for 15 minutes four days a week. Set your starting speed at no more than 2.5 miles per hour. Stick with this for the first two weeks.

In order to burn calories you need to raise your heartbeat rate. But if you find your body unable to perform the 2.5 miles an hour goal then slow down. You need to increase your heart rate and not make your breathing labored.

After two weeks you will find your stamina has increased in leaps and bounds. However, don’t jump to hasty levels of performance. Slowly increase the speed, duration and the number of days of your workout. This will ensure a speedy jump to the next level.

After the initial couple of months you will find yourself on the treadmill for an hour every day. A good workout at this point would be to alternate between walking and jogging. 10 minutes of walking followed by 5 minutes of jogging if done for the entire hour will help build stamina. Soon you will find yourself running more than walking which will help you burn calories faster.