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How to Lose Weight Using a Treadmill

Chris

Written by fitness expert Chris on December 3, 2019

To lose weight using a treadmill, sixty minutes of moderate to intense exercise per day is recommended. Depending on your weight and intensity, you can burn anywhere from 350 to 1,000 calories per hour. This caloric burn makes the treadmill one of the most effective tools for weight loss.

Fat-Burning Walking Workout

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Believe it or not, walking is one of the most efficient ways to burn fat and get slim. Even though walking is not as rigorous, the activity forces the body to use fat as an energy source instead of carbohydrates. That can include subcutaneous fat, which the body stores around the stomach, liver, and intestines and can contribute to heart disease and obesity.

There are two things you need to do to get the most out of your fat-burning walking workout. The first is to elevate your heart upwards of 70 to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. This aerobic zone feels intense with heavy breathing and the ability to only speak in short spurts.

The second key is to walk long enough that your body starts attacking fats instead of the sugars that are byproducts of carbohydrates. Generally speaking, you should aim to walk 30 to 90 minutes per day. While you can opt to walk more or less than this total, the minimum time on your feet should be two and a half hours.

If you have never done a fat-burning walking workout, here is how to do one while on the treadmill. Spend the first five to ten minutes walking at a moderate pace and slowly pick up speed. After ten minutes, make sure you reach the fat burning zone and stay there for 30 to 45 minutes. Once you finish the most intense part of the workout, take another five to ten minutes to cool down with a leisurely walk.

Interval Training

Interval training is a high-intensity workout that alternates spurts of maximum effort training with intermittent breaks. Not only is this method an effective way to burn fat, but also it breaks up the monotony of mono-pace walks or runs. Plus, studies show “interval training provided greater total weight loss: an average of 1.58 kg (3.5 lbs) compared with 1.13 kg (2.5 lbs) with continuous moderate-intensity activity.”

Part of the reason why high-intensity interval training or HIIT is effective is because of its design. The practice focuses people on extremely high levels of effort, which provides concentrated caloric burns while breaking it up with rest. The altering approach kicks your body’s repair cycle into overdrive, so you will be burning fat and calories even after you finish.

Additionally, HIIT is possible no matter how busy your is schedule. For instance, if you only have half an hour, you can do one minute of hard running, followed by two minutes of walking ten times. That’s it. While it sounds simple, the results speak for themselves, and your waistline will be better for it.

Hill Workout

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While there is plenty of variety with HIIT, you might want to liven things up with a hill workout. This method works in the same fashion but involves inclining the treadmill during the rigorous portions of the exercise. There is no optimum angle to set during the intervals, though you should try to find the steep angle you can run without feeling out of control.

Because this exercise is more intense than, say, the fat-burning walking workout, you do not need to do it as long. Running hills on the treadmill for 30 minutes should give you the caloric burn equivalent of walking for 45 to 60 minutes. You can use the previous workout of running for one minute on an incline and then walking for two minutes here as your HIIT of choice.

Long Distance Workout

When it comes to efficient calorie burners, long-distance running is one of the best activities. There are two reasons for this. First, running involves continuous moderate to the high-intensity effort where the faster you run, the more energy you have to burn. Secondly, running requires the muscles of the whole body, including your core and arms. The full range of most contributes to a more thorough workout.

The number of calories you burn per mile will vary depending on your weight and speed. For instance, it takes more effort to run ten mph at 160 pounds than six mph at 140 pounds. The rule of thumb is that the average person burns 100 calories per mile.

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