I don't use it quite exclusively, but it is a major component. Especially in the last month as the weather has gotten colder. But I have also used the eliptical and my bicycle as well. However, I think that using treadmill alone can be effective by itself. You just need to burn calories and you can definitely do that on a treadmill. I just like switching things up now and then.
BTW - I've lost nearly 27 lbs. in 3 months using the treadmill as a major component in my exercise.
Good luck to you.
I try to counteract that by changing the incline (incline intervals), running long distances at a steady speed, or speed intervals.
P.S. The best results I've had were when I was running lots (outside and/or on the treadmill) and doing a lot of weight-training.
I don't do it exclusively but it's fabulous.
I hate elipticals they burn tons but it's not really healthy for you unless you have a super spine which I don't.
My DH and I bought a treadmill because I had just had a baby and wasn't able to go to the gym anymore. (They had a daycare but who wants to take an infant around all those germs.) Anyway, I've been pretty much just running on the treadmill for the past 2 years. I've lost all my weight by running and occasionally doing toning videos.
I love my treadmill! Don't know what I'd do without it.
That's why I got a treadmill too. I'm a stay at home mom and can't afford a gym membership and also can't stand the thought of taking my baby to the day cares there.
I hope I start seeing a difference after buying my treadmill. My weigh in day is Friday....so we'll see......
I use the treadmill 6 to 7 days a week and is my main form of cardio, have lost 85 pounds in just over 4 months.
You can do hills and build strength, you can run, do intervals, just plain walk. It's a remarkably versatile piece of equipment if you use it right. Learn how to do the different settings and play with it. I love mine... obviously has helped alot.
I would however also do other things like the bike or jumping jacks or whatever else like running stairs or something to supplement it. Hope that helps, good luck!!!
I am sorta new here but I just wanted to point of a few things. One any one exercise as your body gets use to it, can effect the ammount the body burns. When your body does a certain exercise it trains the body to do that activiy. That is why tennis players look a lot different then football players and so on because the train differently. As far as losing the weight it will be fine on the treadmill but your training your body to become a runner/walker which is fine but I would def suggest add jump roaping or an arobeics tape because that is what will increase your flexability, and other muscles that running doesnt involve. I think loseing fat over all is awsome goal and is great, but what is the point of it? To become more healthy I would hope. If your doing to to become more helpful, then why limit yourself? hope this has helped.
I am also a treadmill fan. Another way you can change up your routine is putting on wrist weights. My treadmill has crossbars on it (picture the eliptical bars on a treadmill). With my wristweights on and the bars tightened for decent tension I get a nice workout on my arms, back and sides of my midsection. You can still get a similar workout without the bars and just using the wristweights.
I also vary my incline, distance, speed, etc. Some treadmills have workout programs built in them and it'll automatically change the inclines and speeds. So cool! So versatile! Ahem, I also do other exercises to supplement, just like many other responders mentioned.
I have heard that can happen, but never did to me. Anytime I stopped losing, I was still losing inches because I was building muscle or I was retaining water from my period :P
how many hours should we use per day?