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Burn Those Extra Holiday Calories Off with a Treadmill Workout!
Itís that time of year to overindulge. Christmas Eve I am invited over to friends for a sumptuous dinner. Christmas day we are going to an historic hotel in Pinehurst, NC, where they serve their famous thick pork chops, oozing with gravy. The day after Christmas, also known as Boxing Day in Britain, Iím going to a neighbor where they are serving prime rib, pork loin and Yorkshire pudding. Needless to say, I am going to gain a few pounds.
The best way to burn that unwanted fat is on a treadmill. Treadmills are one of the most efficient means of burning calories. That is due to the fact you exercise one of your bodies largest muscle groups, your leg muscles. So, here are some recommendations on how to get the most out of your treadmill workout, and get yourself back down to your pre-holiday weight:
Why a Treadmill Effectively Burns Excess Calories!
What makes a treadmill so effective in burning calories is the ability to vary the incline and speed. It is the alternation between a heart-pounding pace and a cool down period, which allows you to get the most out of your exercising.
Treadmills are equipped with a variety of programs. I prefer the hill climbing or interval programs. In most cases, the intensity of the workout is controlled through the incline. You go through periods of steep incline and relative flat incline.
Studies have shown that this form of exercising will burn more calories than going at a steady pace over a period of time. So often, I see people at the health club just cruising along on the treadmill. Most are walking and never breaking a sweat. I firmly believe when you break a sweat, you are getting results. When I work out on a treadmill the sweat pours out of me.
Make use of the incline feature, either through the existing programs or manually. Push yourself a bit harder each time.
A few words of caution, if you have been inactive, check with your doctor as to your acceptable level of exercising. If you are a bit out of shape, start slow and build your endurance up. Set benchmarks, which is easy to do with a treadmill, and always attempt to exceed them.
For a more exact workout, use a treadmill with heart rate control. Unfortunately, most treadmills in the clubs only have heart rate monitors on the handgrips. However, you can purchase treadmills with wireless heart rate control. The treadmill is controlled by the level of your heart rate. By determining your acceptable heart rate range, you can optimize your workout and burn the most calories in the least amount of time.
So go ahead and indulge, just plan on some extra time on the treadmill, and you will be back to your pre-holiday weight.
About the Author: Fred Waters worked in the treadmill industry for a number of years and is author of the Treadmill Ratings and Reviews site. Check out the latest reviews on over 100 of the most popular treadmills, and get important buying tips from the Treadmill Buyer's Guide.