Outdoor runners tendto dread the days of cooler weather and the inevitable turn to the indoorrunning track that is the treadmill. But, new studies and fitness experts say treadmill classes can increaserunning efficiency and provide entertainment and glamor to indoor runningactivities.
Trainer David Silksays most runners, or even novice exercisers, step onto the treadmill have noclue all the options that modern day treadmills can come with. Many gyms are now offering treadmill classesto educate runners on how to use the device, and come up with routines that areengaging and interesting to class participants.
The treadmill is oneof the most popular fitness machines available, accounting for 58 percent ofhome fitness purchases in 2012. Manytreadmill routines can be adapted from the gym to use at home as well.
Unlike runningoutdoors, treadmill training keeps you running at a steady pace, but varying theincline or grade will increase cardio output and calorie burning. Some classes organize 45 minute workoutswhere participants are put through three different running paces at differentinclines to challenge themselves. Sometimes these classes will incorporate strength training exercises,such as push-ups or other body-weight exercises, to add other intervals to theworkout.
Overall, research hasindicated that the treadmill is just as effective in burning calories andincreasing fitness as running outdoors is. And just as with modern day parkour workouts that require participantsto perform different exercises as they adapt to the path of their job,treadmills can be used to create a variety of interval workouts guaranteed tokeep you entertained and physically fit all through the winter months.
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