Treadmills: Runners vs. Walkers

 

Treadmills¬† allow you to run, walk or jog indoors from the comfort of your own home. So it’s no surprise that they are gaining in popularity. Treadmills are designed to accommodate walkers and joggers, but different machines handle the demands of jogging better than others. Both walking and jogging are exercises that can play a big part in a fitness routine, providing some great health benefits.

Walking

Walking is a form of exercise that virtually everyone is capable of performing. Using a treadmill for walking provides you with a safe and even surface that is slightly flexible, so there is a lower impact on your joints. The great thing about treadmills is that they make walking possible in extreme weather conditions. Walking provides health benefits such as weight loss, lowers the risk of diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and could reduce your risk of a heart attack just as well as jogging. Walking can be ideal for those who have knee problems and prefer a low impact workout, as the pivoting platforms reduce the amount of jarring your body may endure when walking.

Jogging

Jogging burns calories at a faster rate than walking. Making it more helpful for weight loss and increasing your aerobic fitness. Jogging is also tougher on the body so it’s essential that you prepare yourself if you’re planning on running long distances. Set yourself a goal and take time to gradually get there. Throwing yourself into exercise isn’t beneficial and will more than likely lead to injury.

Whether you use a treadmill as a walker or a jogger, it’s important to know the machines controls before you begin your workout. Wear closed toe, supportive shoes, and stretch your legs, warm up at a slow pace for a few minutes before getting into your cardio vascular workout, and its important to cool down at the end of your workout. Once you have your balance, let go out the handles and move naturally, how you would jog outside. Why not consider doing spouts of sprinting, followed by active recovery for a good balance of walking and jogging.

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