One of the most popular types of home exercise equipment is the treadmill, which provides a straightforward, efficient aerobic workout. For many, treadmills are a good choice to begin a new exercise routine because walking is well tolerated by most individuals regardless of fitness level and for most back conditions. As strength and endurance are developed, the treadmill can be used for jogging and/or for interval training.

Advantages to Using a Treadmill

The treadmill is a relatively easy piece of exercise equipment to use

The treadmill has a predictable surface that is much easier to negotiate than sidewalks, curbs or trails and the risk of tripping is reduced

All aspects of the workout can be controlled by the user: speed, incline, warm up period, cool down period, and energy spend

Generally, users can design custom programs to fit the time they have to exercise

Multiple users can use the same equipment without adjusting the structure

Some treadmills have special features such as step counters and heart rate monitors so fitness progress can be tracked

Running on a treadmill generally burns calories faster than most other forms of in-home exercise, such as biking

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