Originally Posted by shucky ducky
I have a friend who wants to start working out using a treadmill. He asked me what speed and incline should he use to get the best results? Now, I've always heard the faster you go and the higher your incline, the more calories you burn. When I walk, I usually do between a 3.5-4.0. My incline can be anywhere between 5 to 15. I would never suggest that to anyone just starting out. It took me forever to build up to a 15 incline. The first time I tried it, I was not able to walk for 3 weeks! I once heard Michael Thurman say the speed to go for ulimate fat burning is 2.5, but he did not mention an incline. Now, 2.5 is awfully slow to me. I would fall asleep if I walked at
2.5. Can anyone provide any feedback as to the proper way to ulitize a treadmill for optimum fat burning?
I think useing a treadmill is a great way to exercise and lose weight, I purchased a good treadmill and its the best thing I even did for my health.
It was hard at first starting out on it, so I only would walk about 2.5 mph for about 10 minutes, then after about a week I increased the speed and time to 3.0 mph and 30 minutes, that was about 7 months ago now I'm at 3.7 mph for over an hour..I don't use the incline, just a fast brisk walk everyday in the mornings for an hour or more before breakfast...if you walk to long or to fast it will only make you less motiavted, you probably will only get burn out, so its very improtant to use your treadmill wisely and to ''your'' comfort for best results.
If a person don't like to use the gyms or can't afford them..then invest in some ''good'' work-out equipment, treadmill/ellipticals, bikes/weights/...be sure and get good quility equipment....it will be worth your time and effort..let alone your health!
JUST BE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD PLACE TO PUT THEM..I USE MY TREADMILL IN MY KITCHEN FACING THE LIVING ROOM UP AGINST THE KITCHEN BAR OUT OF WALKING TRAFFIC AND WATCH TV WHILE I WALK.
ALSO YOU CAN GET SOME WRIST WEIGHT ABOUT A 1/1/2 POUND WEIGHTS THEY MAKE YOU SWING YOUR ARMS MORE AND BE MORE ACTIVE..i USE THEM AND A SWEAT BELT AROUND MY STOMACH TO HELP SUPPORT MY BACK WHILE TREADMILLING.
Don't believe what others tell you about walking like 22.214.171.124 mph for like an hour or more thats all nonsense and when you start to use the treadmill believe me you will see what I'm talking about here......its not eazy but its not hard if you keep to your comfort zone and not over do.
YOU CAN JOGG AND RUN ON A TREADMILL, BUT I PERSONALLY DON'T RECOMMEND THAT..IT WILL ONLY BURN OUT YOUR MOTOR SOONER AND POSSIBLE BURN YOU OUT TOO!
A FAST BRISK WALK WILL DO ALL YOU WANT IT TO DO.....ANY GOOD DR WILL TELL YOU THAT.
IT'S ALSO GOOD IDEA TO SEE YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR FOR A HEALTH CHECK-UP BEFORE YOU START OUT ON ANY TYPE OF EXERCISE PROGRAM AND EATING PROGRAM.