Infomercials are famous for their hype and crazy promises of getting that sculpted body that you’ve always wanted, or the perfect abs in 8-10 minutes a day. Each fitness machine claims a patented, revolutionary, technology that is designed to incredibly get you in shape and reaching that perfect body weight with little effort.
Right, If only it was that easy.
Looking great and feeling healthy takes work. Generally, vigorous exercise routines, combined with a healthy, well balanced, the diet will be just the trick to help you shed weight or to stay healthy and fit. To actually lose weight, and to trim down, you need to burn calories on a regular basis, and for the most part, burn more calories than you intake.
Out of all the many types of fitness equipment, such as the Total Gym 1000/2000, Ab Sculptor, Ab Rocker, Ab Doers, Torso Track, Slam Man, Toning System, Thighmaster, Door Gym, Orbitrek, etc., there is one major contender that has stuck around through them all… the treadmill.
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Why is it that treadmills aren’t sold by infomercials? It’s because the treadmill is not a hyped-up, high margin piece of exercise equipment. Many infomercial products are designed for one purpose, which is to make as much profit as quickly as possible before the public is able to figure out that the products don’t work. A large chunk of the products price goes towards the promotions themselves.
So who buys these hyped up products? Those that want to believe that there are shortcuts to losing weight and to shaping up. Unfortunately, there is no getting around it… It takes time and effort to get fit and no machine is going to help avoid this reality.
Have you ever found an infomercial fitness product in a commercial gym? Probably not, and the reason for this is because they don’t work and are not built to last. Now, what you probably did see was a number of treadmills, most often with a line of people waiting for a turn to use them.
It’s really all in the numbers. The more cardiovascular exercise you do, the more calories you’ll burn, and as a result, the more weight you’ll lose. If you’re looking for a fitness machine that will help you get that maximum burn, then a treadmill should be number one on your list.
As per the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, consumers spend more on treadmills than on any other home exercise equipment. There were over 40 million treadmill users in the year 2000, with an increase of 9% the next year.
The treadmill is unparalleled for its ability to provide a cardiovascular workout. It works the large muscle groups in your body and according to a study completed by the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, treadmills average between 865-705 calories burned per 60-minute sessions.
• Rowing machine 739-606
• Stationary cycle 604-5956
• Stair machine 746-637
• Cross-country ski machine 678-595
This is only one of the numerous studies, including one that was done by the American Medical Association, which ranked treadmills as the number one cardiovascular machine. There are a number of other important factors which makes treadmills so practical as well…
Run or Walk
Two of the most popular forms of exercise are running and walking. It doesn’t matter if you are a casual walker or a seasoned runner. A treadmill accommodates your exercise requirements and needs. They allow you to set your own pace and some provide an incline to suit your specific cardiovascular goals.
While running, jogging or walking can sometimes be limited by the weather, a treadmill can guarantee you a consistent work out in any season. For those in the warmer regions, there’s no need to worry about heat exhaustion in hot and/or humid weather.
Injuries, from the constant pressure on the joints from asphalt and concrete, are common for walkers and runners, alike. Treadmills, especially those in the higher end, provide surfaces that reduce pressure and absorb impact. Stress, on critical joints, is reduced and injuries are less common.
As treadmill models get more and more sophisticated, so does the versatility of each workout. The majority of motorized treadmills offer varying speeds and inclines, but workouts are now enhanced by varying pre-programmed workouts. Burning calories, simulate running up and down hills, work on speed training, and focus on cardio exercise. Treadmills often offer pre-set programs with varying intensity levels. You can also program your own workouts, combining speed and incline.
Choosing a Treadmill
Treadmills, like much other fitness equipment, come in all shapes, sizes, and models, including stationary and folding units. To find the right one for you, it’s important to find one that accommodates your present and future exercise goals. Research the Internet for articles and review to help you. If you are still hesitant or unsure, you might want to consider talking with a fitness professional that can recommend a treadmill for your particular needs.
Don’t get sucked in by “Blue Light Specials”, which can be found in large retail and sporting goods stores. They can sometimes lack the right components and functionality to give you an enduring and enjoyable exercise experience. If you’re in it for the long term, then you’ll want to buy a treadmill that is quality built and designed to last.
Given, buying the treadmill is only the beginning. Looking at a treadmill is not going to make you lose weight. It’s important that you get yourself used to a regular routine. The more time that you spend on the treadmill, the more calories than you’ll burn, and as a result, the more weight you’ll lose.
You’ll need to find a fitness program that works for you and keeps you interested. Depending on your own preferences, you can combine your workouts with movies, television, or music.
Treadmills have and are experiencing steady and substantial growth. Since their birth, there has never been a year in which treadmill sales have dropped or dipped. Designed to enhance the most popular exercises, running and walking, they are built on the basis that the more effort you put in, the more you’ll get out of it.