Treadmill: For Losing Weight and Burning Calories

Healthy Woman Running on Treadmill

The American Medical Association, has ranked a treadmill as the Number. 1 cardiovascular machine for losing weight and burning calories. Treadmills have been used by almost everyone wanting to lose weight since its launch in the earlier part of the 19th century. So much so that they have become synonymous with ‘weight loss’. However, spending long hours on the machine is not always the best option. Used in combination with weights may be the quickest and best way to lose weight.

The number of calories you burn while exercising is dependent on the exercise you do, your weight, and the time spent doing the exercise. Besides, the incline option on the treadmill  tones your tush and legs, increases your endurance, and can help you improve your speed, it also burns crazy calories — significantly more than with no incline. A study by the Medical College of Wisconsin found the average calories burned jogging on a treadmill for one hour was 705 to 866.

How to Calculate Number of Calories burned ?

Now-a-days there are electronic treadmills that measure the calories lost, miles travelled and other exercise data. No matter what treadmill you choose, manual or electronic, you will definitely be able to recoup such investment in a short time as you will be able to stay on the machine longer than any other exercise machines.

To manually calculate the number of calories burned by a female use this equation:

(0.074 x age – 0.05741 x weight + 0.4472 x heart rate – 20.4022) x time / 4.184.

Use a calculator to multiply your age by 0.074. Subtract 0.05741 from the result and multiply it by your current weight. Add your average heart rate multiply the result by 0.4472. Subtract 20.4022. Multiply the resulting figure by the amount of time spent on the treadmill. Divide by 4.184. The result is the number of calories burned while using the treadmill.

Exercise Options


  • Walking: The most basic routine on a treadmill is a simple brisk walk—3 to 4 mph—on a flat incline. If you are new to exercise, the best way to find the right walking speed for you is to start walking at a relatively slow speed, say between 3kms and 4kms per hour (2 and 2½ miles per hour) and increase your speed slightly every minute or so until you find the right speed.
  • Walking Uphill: Most treadmills offer the option to increase the incline by 12 to 15 percent, and the higher the incline, the greater the calorie burn over the same period of time.
  • Jogging: For intensity add small increments of speed into your walks for limited amounts of time.
  • Running: If you are a beginner, alternate between several minutes walking and a few minutes running.

Limit any increases in workout intensity to 10% per week or less. You can avoid getting injuries by doing some stretching first before starting out on the treadmill.

Treadmills for Sale

Do  critically analyze the  Treadmills on sale before buying one. Facts like, Why are you buying a treadmill? Is it to lose weight, tone up, stay in shape, rehabilitate? Answer to this question, along with a few other factors will help you determine how much to spend.


The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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