Treadmill walking can be just as beneficial as walking outdoors. As
long as you walk at the same speed as you would outdoors and stay within
your target heart rate zone, you will experience all of the same
benefits as exercising outdoors.
And with today's technology, you'll never get bored again. Many treadmills are equipped with iFit technology, which allows you to walk virtually anywhere in the world, compete against other iFit users and virtually train with famous fitness instructors.
Are there differences in walking outside versus using a treadmill? Surprisingly, the treadmill has some benefits over walking outdoors! This article on walking vs. treadmill offers some great information on the benefits of walking outside and on the treadmill.
Manual or Motorized?
Although a manual treadmill is cheaper than a motorized one, a motorized version is the better buy. Manual treadmill walking requires you to be the power source. This means you’ll have to keep the running belt moving and it is extremely difficult to keep it moving at a run, let alone a walk.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the extra effort you’ll have to put out just to keep the belt moving on a manual treadmill may cause muscle strain or elevate your blood pressure.
Bottom Line: A motorized treadmill is well worth the extra money and will save you plenty on aggravation and potential injury.
Remember that you’ll get just as good a workout walking on a treadmill as you would exercising outdoors. But walking on a treadmill with an incline, or hill climbing, is a great workout for your butt and thigh muscles.
Many machines offer a pre programmed hill workout or you can create your own hills by setting the incline yourself.
Don't go over a 15 percent incline, however. Creating hills that are too steep can cause shin splints or calf pain because of the strain on your knees and ankles.
To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable walk, don't miss these
Treadmill Walking Tips.
To keep up your energy and avoid stomach discomfort, read this article on treadmill eating. It gives you tips on what and when to eat so that you will have the best workout possible.
And if you're looking for more of a challenge and a great way to burn calories, consider walking backwards on a treadmill. You will be surprised at the benefits!
Treadmill Walking Workouts
I put together a list of my favorite treadmill workouts here. You'll find some great, challenging workouts to blast through any boredom or plateaus you may be experiencing.
Buying Tips & Recommendations
Here are my tips on how to buy the best home treadmill. The
is a great site for thorough buying tips and information. You can find
their Buyer's Guide, which will help you make your decision on which
treadmill to purchase.