Walking on a treadmill is by far one of the easiest ways to get in shape. Treadmills are the choice of many beginning exercisers because the machines are so accommodating. The same machine that you use in the beginning when you are just walking can be the same machine that you are running on months down the road.
Many people opt for walking on a treadmill instead of outdoors because it keeps their exercise regimen on course. Being unable to exercise for any reason, such as bad weather, can easily take good exercise intentions and derail them. Having your own personal treadmill that you can use at any time of the night or day takes away virtually all excuses a person may have for not exercising .
One question that many people who start walking on a treadmill have is how much time they should walk. The answer to this question is purely individual based upon your fitness condition. Professionals say that a person should try to walk at least a half hour to an hour at a pace that is at 50-70 percent of their maximum heart rate.
A simple way to calculate your maximum heart rate is to take 220 minus your age. If you are 30 years old, then your maximum heart rate would be approximately 190. Fifty to seventy percent of that would be 95-133. According to the recommendation, you should aim to walk 30 to 60 minutes with your heart rate somewhere between 95-133 beats per minute throughout the entire workout.
If this sounds too difficult for you, don’t panic. Simply cut those minutes into blocks. It may be easier for you to walk on your treadmill three times a day for ten minutes. The most important thing is that you try to walk every day, or as many days as you can out of the week and to keep your heart rate in that 50-70 percent zone during your workouts.
The great news about walking on treadmills is that it doesn’t take long to see results. Before you know it your exercise program will start to become easier and easier. When it does, that’s the sign to step it up a notch because your maximum heart rate has increased. Keeping your heart rate within 60 to 70 percent of your new maximum heart rate will keep your cardiovascular system and fitness level increasing, too.
No matter your fitness condition or your age, it’s always a good time to start getting healthy. Walking on a treadmill is a great way to do it, too. They serve as personal trainers as they keep up with your calories, walking distance and speed, heart rate and more. The great news is as your endurance increases, so can your workout on a treadmill.