Before proceeding further, here are a few simple questions:
- Which is the most comply used and preferred equipment in the gym, among people across all age groups?
- Which is the most overhyped yet least used equipment?
- On which machine coaches and client prefer passing time?
- Which equipment do people visiting the gym for the first time look at before getting convinced to pay fee?
Well, the answer to all these questions is Treadmill.
Have you ever thought why people use treadmill?
A treadmill is an integral part of the gym not because it is extensively used but because people think it is the best for workouts. Over the years, companies manufacturing treadmills have been successful in convincing people that it is the best equipment to exercise. However, reality is far from this. Here we bring to you the truth behind the treadmill, and the real science behind hyped uses.
Advantages of treadmill
Listed below are some of the advantages that come along with the treadmill.
- It lets the user exercise irrespective of the weather outside.
- Incline setting lets the user train for consistent uphill training that is impossible when relying on natural features.
- You can do many activities along with running such as watching television.
Why is treadmill useless?
Now let us explore why this equipment is of no or little use.
It is costly and takes a lot of space not only because of its size but also because of the numbers required in a gym.
It gives an unnatural feel to running. This forms the base of the entire concept of animal or primal instinct and the reason why humans are designed to run with minimal footwear or barefoot. The main disadvantage of running over treadmill is that you get to face no challenge such as water puddles and wet area, stones and hard surfaces.
It is boring to run within the confines of your home.
You will not burn a lot of calories
Cardio does not help in burning a lot of calories. When you run a treadmill, you have to feed some numbers, one of which is weight in addition to other variables. When you end, say, a fifty minute session, the treadmill shows a burn of nearly 400 calories. However, have you ever thought why it asks for weight? This is because it calculates your Basal Metabolic Rate. It is the rate at which body consumes energy while at a rest position for maintaining bodily functions such as working of the brain, maintaining body temperature, beating of heart and breathing.
For example, a person consumes 2400 calories per day. It means he requires 100 calories per hour at rest. Thus, 400 calories are not the ones burnt above BMR however including it. So the actual calories you burnt are 400-100=300. In simple terms, BMR is the amount of calories burnt at rest. So, 100 calories get burnt even if you are doing no treadmill. If you will continue doing this for a week, you will burn nearly 2100 calories.
Staying healthy, no doubt, is important. If you want to make the most of your exercise routine then indulge in exercises that can really help you stay fit. While treadmill might be most popular and common, it will not give the results that you might be looking for.