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How to Really Lose Weight – Advice from Top Bloggers

We’re always interested in what others have to say about treadmills, healthy lifestyles and how to lose weight. Today, we bring you questions and answers from some of the most influential fitness bloggers around. Check out the weight loss tips they chose to share with you.

So, what are the keys to successfully losing weight? Well, according to these top bloggers, it’s all about changing your lifestyle. Living a healthier lifestyle means combining an effective workout routine with healthy eating habits.

What has been the key for you in your weight loss journey?

Response from Brandi Laughlin at mamalaughlin.com:

“I would definitely have to say realizing that this is a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix. At first I just thought I would lose the weight and would be able to go back to my old eating habits and lazy lifestyle, and that really can’t happen.

You have to keep plugging along every day and keep going, no matter what. You’ll have hiccups and mistakes, but as long as you keep moving forward that’s what counts. A whole lot of baby steps add up to big results with consistency.”

When trying to lose weight, what is your recommendation when it comes to eating carbohydrates?

Response from Jan “Crabby” Graham at crankyfitness.com:

“The carbs question is really confusing, because there is so much contradictory information out there. While this is a bad thing if you want to find reliable advice, it’s a great thing if you want to do whatever the heck you want, because whatever you want to try, SOME expert or other is going to back you.

Do you have a weight loss diet that you think produces results while allowing for flexible food choices?

Response from Roni Noone at greenlitebites.com:

“I no longer follow ‘weight loss diets’ my goal is to eat yummy, healthy food in moderation. I really don’t think there is a silver bullet. I’ve found success by enjoying the process of trying new, healthy foods and watching my portions.”

What is the number 1 recommendation you have for someone who is traveling and wants to stay on the healthy bandwagon?

Response from Julie Wilcox at juliewilcoxmethod.com:

“When you travel, it’s important to stick to your daily meal plans no matter what. Don’t let travel be an excuse to let your discipline and hard work fall to the wayside. In order to stay on the healthy bandwagon, you must prepare yourself in advance for your trips, which requires advance researching and planning.

Bring your food for the plane. Choose a hotel that has healthy menus – so many hospitality brands are embracing wellness today! Pack healthy snacks with you so that while at your destination, you are never stuck with poor options. If you will be eating out a lot, go to restaurants that serve lots of vegetables, whole grains and fish. Watch out for and skip the fattening sides!

If you’re traveling or staying with friends, make your diet known to them in advance in an unobtrusive way. Finally, allow yourself to splurge but only on the one or two most important things. And then, exercise!”

What equipment would you recommend most for the busy person who prefers to work out at home?

Response from Danny at treadmillreviews.com:

“We find that equipment that offer a versatile workout are the best for those that prefer to workout from home. A treadmill that offers ways to multitask also makes working out from home more enjoyable. Busy people always enjoy the models that allow for easy reading, music integration and TV screen setup.”

You’re very involved in the racing community. What is in your pre-event diet?

Response from Phong Chieng at trail-running-blog.com:

“Like most runners, I try to carbo-load a day or two before my race. This usually includes a big bowl of pasta and bread sticks with lots of water.

I’ve never been a big breakfast eater and the thought of eating any food at 5AM never appealed to me. I usually stick with a banana and half a granola bar an hour before my race and that has usually been enough.

What events would you recommend for those who want to lose weight and have fun at the same time?

Response from Roni Noone at ronisweigh.com:

“I would highly recommend signing up for a local 5k even if you don’t currently run or even consider yourself a runner. I can honestly say my first 5k changed my life. I never ran before. I wasn’t a high school athlete or even active as a child. I still even have a hard time calling myself a runner (even though I’ve since completed a marathon and am training for another.)

All that being said, the energy, support and motivation you get a running event can’t be matched. Find one a few months out and then start training with a program like C25k or something similar.”

What would you recommend for people who focus solely on cardio to lose weight?

Response from Brandi Laughlin at mamalaughlin.com:

“I actually lost the bulk of my weight by focusing solely on cardio and eating better, BUT it’s been weight lifting that has really helped shape my body and give me muscle definition. I kind of slowly progressed into lifting, but the best way to drop fat is a combination of cardio and strength training.

You’ve got to figure out what you love and do it. If running is your thing, go for it! And if you find yourself wanting to try something new after reaching that marathon goal (like I did), then do it!

Don’t ever let your workouts become a chore! Keeping them fun and something you look forward to will keep you coming back for more.”

How do genetics play a role when it comes to carbs?

Response from Jan “Crabby” Graham at crankyfitness.com:

“I recently invited an exercise physiology professor to help answer my questions about restricting carbs – Will your body start learning to burn fat as fuel more easily, as the Primal/Paleo people claim, turning you into a lean mean superhuman? Or do you need carbs to keep from collapsing into a headachy grumpy heap of sobbing fatigue?

Turns out the answer on whether low carb diets help you burn fat may be complicated, depending on your genetics, epigenetics, how much of which kind of muscles you have, and what exercises you are doing. The boring bottom line: everyone is different, so you should probably experiment to see if you do better on low carb diets or not.

In any event, don’t be a doof: refined flours and sugars and junky processed food are a bad idea no matter who you listen too; the carbs you’ll have the best luck with are whole foods packed with nutrients, fiber, and all that other good stuff.

What workouts do you enjoy the most that help shed the pounds?

Response from Roni Noone at ronisweigh.com:

“Honestly, I lost all my weight through diet changes and walking. I really think walking is the best place to start. There’s no reason you can’t commit to 10 minute walk a day. Start there and increase your time/distance.

I’ve been at this weight loss/maintenance thing for 10 years and all I did was walk that first year. Then I started taking group fitness class, running and lifting weights but if I didn’t take that initial step of simply being more active I wouldn’t have never gotten to where I am today.”

What is the worst thing someone can do for their health while travelling?

Response from Julie Wilcox at juliewilcoxmethod.com:

“The worst thing someone can do for their health while traveling is eat fast food.”

What type of home gym equipment is best for working out, losing weight, and building muscle, without mentioning brands?

Response from Danny at treadmillreviews.com:

“We specialize in treadmill equipment but we know that any modern home equipment that focuses on cardio, and endurance training will do what is needed. Within the treadmill space, I personally recommend an incline trainer as it allows you to get a much more effective workout in shorter periods of time.

Outside of treadmills, I really like exercise bikes and good old-fashioned weight sets (as long as you can have the proper safety measures in place).

People will be dropping weight with at home machines if they combine their workouts with a healthy lifestyle. A healthy heart from cardio exercise will also have a positive effect on weight loss and muscle gain.”

What training methods have you seen for runners who want to keep off the pounds between races?

Response from Phong Chieng at trail-running-blog.com:

“I usually take anywhere from one day to up to a week off after a race. I feel like I earned it by running so hard in the race.

But my best advice to keeping off unwanted pounds between races is to get back to your pre-race routine. My routine so far has been one day of soccer, 3 days of light cardio/gym and the weekend for longer runs.”

What advice do you have for those struggling to take that next step to healthy eating, such as joining Weight Watchers?

Response from Roni Noone at greenlitebites.com:

“I no longer follow ‘weight loss diets.’ My goal is to eat yummy, healthy food in moderation. I really don’t think there is a silver bullet. I’ve found success by enjoying the process of trying new, healthy foods and watching my portions.”

The Keys to Weight Loss Success

There are no quick fixes. Crash diets won’t work. And, crash workouts won’t cut it either. In the end, you won’t be healthy or lose the calories you hope to shed. However, if you are lucky enough to lose a few pounds, they’ll just come right back without the right eating habits and workout routine.

It’s all about changing the bad habits you’ve been following all these years. That means coming up with a long term plan for maintaining a healthy weight. For example, instead of binging and purging on carbs, figure out the right amount of carbohydrates for you. Then, stick to that plan, and get in a good workout every single day, not just when you’re trying to shed pounds.

So, what types of help you keep your weight at a healthy level? Of course, we recommend running on treadmills. They help you train for races and marathons, allow you to exercise from the comfort of your home or office and are very effective for losing weight.

 

Giant Treadmill

Oxford Fitness in Chile has created what they call the world’s first treadmill to hold 10 people at once. It is, well, pretty massive. You can read more about it at Runner’s World if you want to see a picture as well. We think it would make for an interesting race, but what happens if the guy in front falls down? Hopefully videos are forthcoming.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting

Proform, leaders in the treadmills industry are interested in much more than just exercising when it comes to health and fitness. We believe that it takes a combination of things in order to stay fit in a world of fast foods, restaurants and unhealthy eating. Our teams of experts go out of our way to keep our audience informed on important topics related to fitness and health.

So, we turned to some top bloggers for advice to help you get a clearer perspective on things. We asked these bloggers their takes on the age-old subject of calorie counting. Some people practice calorie counting to ensure that they intake a healthy amount each day. And, when it comes to a healthy amount of calories, too little is just as bad as too many.

Some of the top bloggers below believe that calorie counting helps you make wiser eating choices. On the other hand, some tend to find it to be a serious waste of time. Read on to discover what these health and fitness experts have to say about calorie counting and how it affects your personal wellness, health and overall life.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Treadmill Reviews

Calorie counting works for some. Yet, there are others who consider it to be a major waste of time when it comes to personal health and wellness. ProForm asked us how important calorie counting is to a person trying to become and stay physically fit. We truly believe combining a healthy diet with working out using treadmills.

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

Focusing on the multiple factors that impact a person’s health will have a ripple effect that will improve the health and wellness of anyone. Each body type has other factors that will impact the way they improve their health and wellness.

For many people calorie counting is a way to keep focused on a balanced diet and make educated healthy food choices that they may have not otherwise. Each person should do the research and decide if calorie counting is the best way to improve their personal health.

What type of treadmill burns the most calories?

A versatile treadmill that offers multiple ways to get the burn going will be the best way to burn the most calories. A treadmill that offers incline training will substantially improve the amount of calories burned during a shorter workout time.

An advanced treadmill that monitors your calories is going to be great, but a treadmill that takes in your age, BMI, weight and height will give you the most accurate calculation of calorie burn.

It takes much more than just counting calories to improve your overall health and wellness. Although it can help some you focus better on eating balanced meals, it’s simply not for everyone. Either way, adding a fitness routine to your healthy eating habits is the most effective approach to burn calories. Treadmill Reviews truly believes that treadmills are the key to fitness success.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Skinny Mom

Calorie counting is a hot topic among women who understand that health and beauty can go hand-in-hand. We asked Skinny Mom about calorie counting and the type of impact it has on the health and wellness of these women. Our team also inquired about Skinny Mom’s ideas on how personal health is affected by the calories found in various types of foods.

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

I find that for myself and other busy moms, calorie counting is a tedious task that no one has time for! Keeping track of every calorie consumed and constantly adding them up is a chore that is unsustainable in the long run. This is especially true with busy Moms.

When you think about calorie counting from a common sense standpoint, you’ll realize that all calories are not created equal. Think about it—are 100 calories in M&Ms equal to a 100 calories in blueberries in terms of health and wellness? No–the M&Ms are full of fat, refined sugar, and salt while the blueberries are full of vitamins and minerals.

The reason why people swear by calorie counting is that it gives their day structure. It takes the guesswork out of dieting because you’re able to calculate how much to eat throughout the day. A healthier and more effective method for creating structure within a diet is focusing on carbohydrates, the macronutrient that fuels your body and gives you energy.

Carbohydrates are strategically planned throughout the week to speed up your metabolism and get you lean and toned up fast! This is alongside a strong focus on vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. I like to follow a carb rotation plan and I call it my Power 30 Plan.

There are so many food categories you cover. What impact do calories coming from varying food types have on personal health?

It’s SO important to get your calories from a variety of food categories because each food has its own benefit to your body. Every food has a unique vitamin and mineral complex and different foods work together for better nutrient absorption and more energy.

What I love about my POWER 30 Carb Rotation Program is that no food group is off limit. This is not one of those diets where you cut out a whole food category.  You pretty much can eat everything in moderation making it easy to follow long term.

The tricky part comes with timing and portion control of these different food groups. We want to maximize your energy and boost your metabolism, so choosing when to bring in carbohydrates is important.

For busy moms, counting calories seems to just add to the long list of daily chores in an already hectic life. Portion control needs to become a way of life, not another job in itself. Instead, learn to find balance in your food choices and the way you cook for your family.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Pilates and Reiki

Calorie counting can turn into an obsession if you’re not careful. It can be a very time consuming process. And, if you’re not careful, you just may lose focus of the desired results… actually losing weight. We asked top blogger Pilates and Reiki for some advice on calorie counting versus Reiki treatments. Here’s what we got in response:

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

I think the answer depends on how you and your brain tend to work. Many people do well counting calories, because the simple act of meal planning and calculating numbers forces them to eat less. So many of us ingest our calories mindlessly, but true calorie counting can only be done mindfully. The trick is cutting back enough to lose weight, but not too much.

That said, calorie counting can make some people over-focus on the numbers, instead of how they feel and how their clothing fits. Again, different personalities and learning styles need different weight loss strategies.

There are health problems that disappear for many with Reiki treatment. Do you think that weight problems can be combated with Reiki treatments rather than counting calories?

Reiki can definitely have a positive effect on weight loss, when combined with a good diet and exercise program. Daily Reiki self-practice, like and mindfulness practice, will help calm you down and keep you relaxed and focused.

It’s amazing, but just 20 minutes of self-Reiki care a day can make it easier to take of yourself better in what you eat and drink. And it also works if you pay someone to do the Reiki treatment for you. But you still have to actually be active in the weight loss, paying attention to what and how you eat and move.

Christina Aguilera recently credited Reiki with assisting her 30 pound weight loss. She stated that three times a week of Reiki treatments helped give her the focus and fortitude to eat healthy and keep the weight off, but she still has to eat healthy. You can’t Reiki away a bad diet!

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Fitness Is Delicious

Calorie counting was once a very popular trend for people hoping to lose weight and stay physically fit. Many people still use it as a form of doing “balances and checks” when it comes to eating habits. But, top blogger Fitness Is Delicious isn’t a fan of the age-old approach to healthy eating. And, here’s why:

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

In most cases, no. For the majority of us, counting calories is not a sustainable health habit. It’s exhausting, it isn’t always accurate and it doesn’t place an emphasis on eating real, nutrient dense food.

Let me explain- let’s say you need to consume 1,800 calories during the day to lose weight. What does that 1,800 calories look like? In a scenario where the person is focused solely on calories, someone may have the choice to eat an apple with almond butter, or a 100 calorie snack pack.

Although the 100 calorie snack pack may have less calories, it’s not the better choice. The apple with almond butter provides nutrients, satiety and other health benefits. The 100 calorie pack is still a highly processed snack with little to no nutrient density and no satiety- not to mention it’s probably made up of a laundry list of ingredients.

I’m not suggesting that calories don’t matter at all, but your first priority should be focusing on nutrient dense food options that will support a healthy mind and body. There is a caveat (isn’t there always?)- counting calories and/or macronutrients, may be a necessity for some athletes.

Depending on their fitness goals, these individuals need to track everything they are eating. That being said, they are the minority and for the general public and those looking for a healthier lifestyle, counting calories is not the way to go. Instead, focus on real, nutrient dense food that supports your everyday health and fitness goals.

When you were in college you counted your calories and learned the negative side of a low calorie diet. What advice do you have for those who think that is their next option?

When I focused on a low calorie diet, my diet consisted of things like sugar-free energy drinks, low calorie yogurts and salads with little to no protein; not to mention my meals were pretty tasteless. I was so focused on making sure I wasn’t consuming a lot of calories, that I was missing out on eating real, nutrient dense food (that tasted delicious) and I was also screwing with my metabolism.

Your body needs calories to function every day; for things like hormone regulation, supporting a healthy immune system and even weight-loss- yes weight-loss. Your body has to have calories to burn calories! If you are stuck on a low calorie cycle, try something like a nutritional reset.

Take 30 days to focus on eating three, nutrient dense meals a day, that each include a protein, some vegetables, good fats and some fruit. Have some satiating snacks if you need and cut out processed foods and sugar. Take time to refocus your eating habits and psychological association with food by resetting the way you’ve thought about food in the past.

Creating a sustainable habit of eating healthy is much more important than simply counting calories to lose weight today. It can be a painstaking, tedious and very exhausting process. Instead, come up with obtainable fitness goals, and make sure they includes eating foods rich in nutrients. Then, incorporate that with a fitness routine. This is a much better approach than calorie counting.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Performance Fitness LLC

Calorie counting is great for some, yet useless to others. Deciding what’s best for you should be based on your own healthy goals… physical health, or psychological health. That’s what the top blogger Performance Fitness LLC told us when we asked about the impact of calorie counting. Here’s the blogger’s take on the role it plays in creating a better life:

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

That depends on the person and their approach to calorie counting. In terms of physical health, there are the obviously benefits of weight loss or weight maintenance, but in terms of psychological health and wellness, some people need to avoid counting calories or at least take a break from it.

I find that there are two types of people for whom calorie counting doesn’t work:

  1. The Game Show Contestant – This is the person who loves to play the “Beat My Calories” game. In a weight loss scenario, they set their calories in their favorite food tracking app, allowing for the necessary deficit to lose weight, and then try to constantly come in UNDER their deficit. In fact coming in under their calories at days end is a source of pride for this person. Remember that their calories have already been set at a deficit to allow for weight loss, so coming in under this number results in far too few calories being taken in. This person is also constantly starving, and eventually gives up on their plan because their extremely restricted plan is impossible to maintain, and they usually end up feeling like a failure.
  2. The Compulsive Counter – This person compulsively tracks every morsel of food to that point that it becomes their second job. They’re constantly thinking about their next meal and meticulously write down every detail of every food that they ingest. This person also ends of being miserable because the task of writing down every detail of every food becomes an all-consuming and overwhelming chore.

Calories are obviously important. Constantly eat in excess of your caloric needs, and you’ll never achieve your fat loss goals or be able to maintain your weight. If a client doesn’t fall into one of the above categories, then I think counting calories sensibly can be a positive exercise. After all, it can be great feedback to inform your food choices throughout the day.

However, I still prefer that clients use their energy to focus on what they eat; choosing minimally processed foods over highly processed items, prioritizing vegetables and proteins, and learning awareness of their food behaviors and overeating triggers. Even journaling without calorie counting can be a helpful exercise, helping to build awareness of portion size and even situations that cause overeating.

Your motto is A Better Body. A Better Life. What advice do you have for those working for a better life? How could calorie counting play into your plan?

  1. Take responsibility for where you are now.
  2. Forgive yourself for your past and move on.
  3. Realize that you can’t fix the past and you really can’t control your future, but you can try to make a better future through the choices (foods, working out on a consistent basis) you make in the present.
  4. Determine if you’re truly ready to make a change.
  5. Figure out why you’re motivated to make a change.
  6. Set your goals and then determine your action plan.

If you can calorie count in a sane way, by all means do it. It can help you to stay on track and reach your health and fitness goals, and create a better life.

Calorie counting works wonders for some… the chosen few. The amount of calories you intake makes the difference between shedding pounds and remaining overweight. Calorie counting helps with that by giving you the feedback you need to understand your progress. But, don’t spend so much time concentrating on how much you eat that you forget the other important factor: what you eat.

Bottom Line: Calories Count, Even If You Don’t Count Calories

The one thing all of these top bloggers agree on is that whether you practice calorie counting or not, calories do count. How many calories you intake with each snack and meal of each day is vitally important personal health and fitness. But, not everyone has the patience, or the time, for counting calories. If you do, then good for you.

However, that shouldn’t be the main focus of your healthy living routines. Instead, you need to develop a healthy diet, and follow it each and every day. That means learning to make better choices when it comes to the foods you eat. In time, this should be so routine that you’ll never have to worry about counting calories again.

So, if you’re looking for an alternative to counting each and every calorie you intake, we have the answers. Plan your daily meals ahead of time to ensure that you intake the proper amount of calories and carbs. And, develop and maintain a healthy fitness routine to ensure personal health and wellness.

This informative fitness series on the “Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Top Bloggers” was created by Proforms. Interested in becoming more physically fit while you learn to make healthier eating choices? Check out the treadmills Proform has to offer today.

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Beginners Guide To Walking And Running on a Treadmill

Walk into any gym and you will see them, those seemingly tireless and spritely runners who simply own the treadmill. You see them, and perhaps you are envious of their impressive ability to endure. Keep in mind that these runners were once beginners too, and as a beginner there are a few simple ways to achieve great progress. Below you will find many useful tips to master treadmill training, so read on and then confidently lace up those training shoes!

Getting Started

There are a number of ways to begin a walking and running program, but utilizing a treadmill to do so is one of the safest and most effective methods available. While most veteran runners and walkers will be quick to note that moving through nature at a self-determined pace is one of the more enjoyable aspects of a running and walking program, there are issues that you must contend with as a beginner that does not necessarily make outdoor running a feasible option to begin with.

Ease Into the Walking and Running Program

The most common mistake that beginning runners and walkers make is to do more than they can initially handle. Doing too much will not only cause you frustration, but it will also result in injuries that make progress nearly impossible. The best way to begin a treadmill training program is to work at a pace that is commonly referred to as “conversational,” or a pace that allows you to easily carry on a conversation without having to gasp for air.

The duration of the initial training will depend on your current level of fitness, but many beginning runners have found a great deal of success by alternating between walking and running. You can try this workout to get started:

  • Begin the workout by walking at a brisk pace for four minutes
  • After four minutes, run at a conversational pace for one minute
  • Recover by walking for as long as necessary until ready to run again for one minute
  • Repeat until a total of 20 minutes of running and walking is achieved

This type of workout is safe and not overly taxing, as it allows you to remain in control of your effort level throughout the workout. Once you have progressed enough in your training to run for the full 20 minutes, you can then begin to add more volume and frequency to your training.

Training Should Be Varied for Best Results

When you enter into a training program, you will usually experience results very quickly and achieve a great deal of initial progress. If the training stimulus remains the same, however, you will experience what is known as a training plateau. The only way to continue to progress in training is to vary the nature of the workouts that you do, something that is very simple on a treadmill.

Once a base level of fitness has been established, you should begin to use the treadmill to conduct different types of training runs, including each of the following:

  • Simulated hill workouts – simply adjust the incline of the treadmill to simulate a hill workout, which is a great leg strength builder.
  • Tempo runs – these runs are done at a consistent effort level, which raises your anaerobic threshold
  • Interval sessions – these workouts involve high-intensity repetitions followed by short periods of rest, which can improve foot speed and raise VO2 max (the maximal oxygen uptake the runner is capable of)

Maintain a Running Log

Most treadmills provide you with a great deal of immediate information. In order to adjust workouts according to your current level of fitness, it is best to chart your progress by logging the details of your run. Simply noting the time, distance, speed and any other relevant information can make a significant difference in achieving your desired fitness goals.

Reap the Reward of Treadmill Training

Running is a wonderful sport, and a treadmill makes it possible to run at any time of day with no regard for the various weather conditions that can make running difficult and even miserable. When done correctly, treadmill training can help you become ready to try your hand at more intense training and perhaps even racing, both of which are incredibly rewarding aspects of walking and running.

Can You Really Lose Weight On a Treadmill?

We have all heard the old adage that reminds us to “work smarter, not harder.” While it may seem counterintuitive to apply this saying to our weight loss efforts, it is an absolute must to ensure that we are doing the right type of training based on our personal fitness goals. If your goal is to lose weight, there is a very specific type of training that is beneficial and can be easily accomplished through the use of a treadmill.

Training Principles for Weight Loss

The basis of this training relies on the use of your target heart rate. An unfamiliarity with heart rate training may absolutely be the reason why you have put in a great deal of effort into training without achieving your desired weight loss goals. Read on for some valuable advice on shedding pounds quickly and easily on a treadmill.

What Is Heart Rate Training?

When it comes to running, there are a number of different training zones that are defined by your heart rate. Higher-intensity training such as interval sessions are frequently done at 88 to 92 percent of your maximum heart rate, while base training runs are often done at 60 to 70 percent of your max heart rate.

If your goal is weight loss, then you need to be aware of the heart rate training zone in which your body burns fat, which is between 75 and 90 percent of your max heart rate. In order to train in your fat burning zone, you will need to know how to calculate your maximum heart rate, which can be done in several ways:

  • Consult your personal physician
  • Use the max heart rate formula (220 – your age for men; 226 – your age for women)
  • Use a treadmill that calculates your max heart rate for you

The third option is likely best for most runners, as using a treadmill that can calculate this information is a simple way to train while losing weight. These treadmills can be programmed to keep you in your fat-burning zone throughout the duration of the workout, ensuring that you will ultimately achieve your weight loss goals through running.

Your Treadmill Can Keep You Honest

A treadmill is a lot like a highly motivated training partner, coach and exercise physiologist all rolled into one. There are many treadmills that can chart your training progress for you while also keeping track of your heart rate throughout the course of your training runs. Many of these treadmills also have pre-set workouts that are specifically designed to keep you running in your fat-burning zone, which is incredibly valuable as you try to shed those stubborn pounds.

Set Goals and Train Properly

Using a treadmill to lose weight is a very efficient and intelligent option, but you do have to know how to train properly if you are going to see the results you want. Set your fitness goals and hop on that treadmill with the knowledge that by training smarter, you will be able to see rapid and impressive results.

The 6 Rules Of The Treadmill

To paraphrase Walter from the cult classic The Big Lebowski, when it comes to treadmill training, there are rules that must be abided by. Breaking these rules can be anything from embarrassing to downright dangerous, so we compiled a simple list of six that will help you avoid any errors so that you can train with peace of mind every time you hit the gym and the treadmill for training.

Always Keep Your Space Clean

Before and after you run, wipe it down. It is simply common courtesy to wipe down any piece of equipment at the gym, and the treadmill is certainly not excluded from this list. While you should always be courteous toward others, do not assume that everyone will abide by this. Be safe by wiping down the treadmill before and after your run so that you do not have to worry about any germs or bodily fluids that may have been left behind.

Take Note of Your Surroundings

For your sake and the sake of others, try to find a spot next to someone of similar fitness and ability. Running is about rhythm, and running next to someone much faster or slower than you can be detrimental for everyone involved. Try to take note of this clandestinely, perhaps by taking a slow stroll toward the water fountain or taking a moment to stretch behind the row of treadmills.

Ignore Phone Calls

How some people are able to do this is beyond our comprehension, but it does happen. We have seen runners slow down to a stroll so they can take a call, while others will use a Bluetooth in their ear to speak while simultaneously gasping for air. If a call is so important that you have to take it, stop your workout and walk outside for a moment.

Remember That You Are Inside

Runners are not exactly the bashful type, and those who are used to training outside may have become accustomed to letting a fart loose with no hint of remorse. This is far from acceptable when running inside on a treadmill, so make sure you exhibit some restraint while indoors.

Be Courteous of Others

Always avoid being the “loud guy” in the gym. While most people assume that it is the massive mountain of a man toting around a gallon jug of water that is most likely to grunt and groan throughout his workout, runners are also prone to engaging in this annoying behavior, particularly when they have earbuds in. Remember to be quiet and to keep the grunts and groans to a minimum.

Mix Up Your Workouts

One of the fatal flaws of most treadmill trainers is the failure to vary workouts. Make sure you avoid hitting a training plateau by doing different workouts on the treadmill, such as hill workouts, interval sessions and tempo runs. Not only will you get much faster by doing these workouts, but you will also help to avoid the monotony of training that many runners fall prey to.

Do You Make The 5 Most Common Treadmill Mistakes?

While it would certainly be nice to be able to hop on a treadmill, burn a ton of calories and eat as much you want for the rest of the day, this is simply not realistic. Treadmill training is not necessarily complex, but there are some simple guidelines that should be followed so that you can be sure that you are getting the most out of your workouts and that you are safe while doing so. Ask yourself these five questions to avoid making the five most common treadmill mistakes:

Do You Warm Up?

Any experienced running coach will tell you how important it is to warm up before you train, so you are doing yourself a major disservice by skipping it. If you are doing a base training run, it is sufficient to warm up by simply easing into the pace that you planned by walking first and gradually accelerating over the course of five to eight minutes. If you are doing more challenging work, you may want to consider doing a longer warm up followed by some dynamic mobility exercises before starting. But never skip it, ever.

Are You Challenging Yourself?

Walk into any gym and you will find someone more engrossed in a book or magazine than their workout. That person is getting more out of what they are reading than what they are getting out of their workout. When you are training on the treadmill, make sure that you are focused on your training and that you are challenging yourself to be better. After all, that is why you are on the treadmill in the first place.

Do You Hold the Rails While Running?

There are many problems with holding onto the rails while running, all of which are detrimental and should be avoided. Holding the rails can cause you to over-rotate your hips, which can result in injury. It also reduces the training stimulus, which means that you are not getting as much out of your workout as you should.

Are You Changing the Speed and the Incline?

Not only is maintaining a constant speed every time you hop on a treadmill boring, it is also not going to help you get any more fit. In order to avoid hitting a training plateau, you have to vary the types of workouts that you do. You can do this by changing the speed and incline of the treadmill for each workout. You should also consider adding the following types of workouts to your routine:

  • Intervals
  • Hills
  • Tempo runs

Do You Risk Injury While Getting Off the Treadmill?

Just as it is important to warm up before you run, it is also important to cool down after a run. Make sure that you do not stop your workout abruptly and that you ease out of your run the same way you eased into it. Not only is this better for you from a physiological standpoint, but it is also safer. Jumping off a moving treadmill has caused many injuries along with a number of unfortunate YouTube videos. You do not want to deal with either, so always end your workout the right way.

Top 10 Reasons To Buy A Treadmill

If you are considering buying a treadmill, you may have a lot of questions and perhaps even some reservations about making the purchase. There are a number of reasons why a treadmill is an excellent investment, but we pared our list down to the top 10 reasons why you should buy a treadmill:

The Treadmill Can Set the Pace

Beginning runners often make the mistake of doing too much when they begin a running program. They run too fast and too far, becoming frustrated, injured or both. A treadmill is able to consistently maintain any pace that is set, and there will never be a time in which you push through exhaustion simply because you are still a mile away from your home.

Improve Core Fitness and General Appearance

Of course, training on the treadmill will do wonders for your fitness, helping you shed pounds while also firming and toning nearly every part of your body. While this may be one of the more popular reasons to buy a treadmill, it is far from the only one.

Motivate the Whole Family to Get Fit

Having a treadmill in your home will serve as a constant motivator for your whole family to get fit. They will see you making progress and they will also want to do so, which has obvious and tremendous health benefits for everyone involved.

Progress Is Simple Through Minor Training Adjustments

A treadmill can keep track of all of your workouts, which can allow you to make incremental changes based on your progress. Being able to make these small changes will help you continue to get better and to avoid hitting the dreaded training plateau.

Multitasking Allows You to Use Time Efficiently

Owning a treadmill makes it possible to multitask in an incredibly efficient way. If you want to catch up on the news of the day, it is very easy to run on the treadmill while doing so. It is also possible to review work materials or conduct other activities while simultaneously training.

Investing in Fitness Equipment Saves Money

Fitness clubs are everywhere, but they can cost a lot of money and they are often overflowing with people. Owning a treadmill can save on the costs of joining a gym while also ensuring that you will always have access to the piece of equipment you wish to use.

Train on Your Own Schedule

When you own a treadmill, you can run according to the schedule you choose. You do not have to worry about whether it is too dark, too hot or too cold to go for a run, as you control the conditions within your own home. It is very convenient to simply hop on the treadmill whenever you feel the need to get a training run in.

Simulate a Variety of Terrain

Treadmills often feature adjustable inclines, which allows you to simulate a certain terrain. This is great for doing simulated hill workouts, and it can also help you prepare for the conditions you are likely to encounter in an upcoming race.

Maintain Privacy

The last thing most people want is to be on display as they begin a fitness program. Owning a treadmill allows you to train in privacy and in the comfort of your own home so you can make progress on your own terms.

Achieve Fitness and Weight Loss Goals

Treadmill running is one of the most efficient ways to lose weight and to improve overall fitness. Running on a treadmill not only improves cardiovascular fitness, but it also burns a significant amount of calories. This allows you to lose weight in a manner that is exceptionally efficient.