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If you have about 35 minutes of free time then you have enough time for a totally fat burning cardio workout!
Many people believe that in order to burn fat you need to spend at least 1 hour on cardio. However, what they don’t understand that while you may need 1 hour if you are doing slow cardio you need much less time if your routine is streamlined and effective.
The cardio workout below will work several muscle groups at the same time so you get double and some times triple the exercise power allowing you to spend less time exercising which makes it easier for you to squeeze it into your day.
If you then add in 15 minutes of treadmill or elliptical time you get a very rounded and effective fitness workout. Your machine time can either be used as a warming up time or to help with cool down. If you are using this time as your cool down just be sure to set your equipment at its lowest setting so that you can take it slow and easy.
There are some people that will tell you that burning fat by using a treadmill is a long slow process. That may be true if you you keep your speed at .5 MPH at a level incline and don’t move your upper body. However if you speed up your treadmill, increase your incline (if you have the option) and get your body moving you will find that the fat just starts to melt away.
Here are two different videos showing you how to burn more fat and calories on your treadmill.
As you can see both workouts have to do with an interval training type workout yet they differ a bit in how they go about it.
Once you start doing this type of treadmill workout you will find that you have more energy during the day, you’ll feel stronger and you’ll tone and slim your body.
Just remember that like with all exercise you should get an ok from your first and you should discuss with him or her your fitness plans and see if you are healthy enough to elevate your fitness level.
When you are looking to purchase a treadmill, or any other piece of fitness equipment you will more than likely going to compare different models. While this may sound simple enough once you get into it you will find that it is not as easy as you may think.
Treadmill Comparison: How to Compare Different Treadmills To Get The Best Treadmill For You and Your Family
#1 Compare Apples To Apples
Ok, this sounds simple enough since you will be comparing a treadmill against another treadmill but it is not as easy as it may seem.
For Example: If you have whittled your choices down to two specific models because they both have heart rate functions, be sure to read the product copy slowly and thoroughly. Just because you see the words “heart rate monitor” it doesn’t mean that both will be tracking it in the same way. With some you must use a chest monitor which although the most accurate way of checking your heart rate can be cumbersome. But if you want the most accurate check then the chest strap would be the way to go instead of a finger button or hand grip model since it won’t be tracking your entire workout.
Also make sure you’re comparing the same models. It sounds obvious but some treadmill brands have so many similar sounding treadmills in their line-up it’s easy to get confused!
#2 Know the Important Elements in a Quality Treadmill
Make sure you know the most important factors to a quality treadmill:
– Motor Type and Horse Power
Your motor is the heart of your treadmill and an adequate motor for your workouts is extremely important. Most experts recommend at least a 1.5 HP motor although 3.0 or higher is best to ensure you don’t burn the motor out (and then have to pay costly repair fees).
Stability ensures that your treadmill will not shake or wobble when you start to run on it.
Your warranty will protect your investment and quality treadmills will include a warranty. This is where you will often see differences.
For Example: If your equipment needs to be repaired does the warranty cover the repairs in your home or do you have to ship it back to the manufacturer? Having service work done in your home is so worth it.
Cushioning is the ability of the treadmill to absorb the force of your step. Higher cushioning means lower impact on your joints and ligaments. Cushioning is extremely important as poor cushioning can cause injury and muscle strain. Most treadmill now-a-days do have adequate cushioning but some go above and beyond in the type of cushioning and this may make a difference in the way your joints react years down the line so don’t skip on cushioning.
#3) Know What and How Much YOU Need When Reviewing
Many people get sold on all of the ‘neat’ features of the treadmill – but don’t ever consider if they’ll really use them.
For example we’d all love to own a commercial-grade, luxury treadmill – but for many people, it’s MORE than they need. On the other hand, a serious runner might actually need that kind of stability and cushioning in a treadmill.
If you don’t really care about 30 workout programs, why pay extra for them? If you know your 6’2″ son will be running on the treadmill, remember to look for one with a longer running area and adequate user weight capacity.
By knowing what you you need before comparing treadmills, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration.
So there you have it – keep these 3 points in mind when making treadmill comparisons and you’ll be well on your way to making an excellent treadmill purchase! Enjoy and have fun!