Jogging is a very good way to get some exercise, increase stamina, burn some calories and experience some weight loss. You can jog practically anywhere and it will not require too much investment. However, for some people, it is not possible to jog outside for a number of reasons such as safety and lack of jogging trails. Poor weather (rain and snow) is another reason why people turn to a jogging treadmill.
A jogging treadmill is used indoors and can be found at a gym or some people opt to purchase one for their homes. Wherever you use a jogging treadmill, you still get the benefits of a good exercise routine.
Using a treadmill has many other benefits. One benefit is that most treadmills today are equipped with a calorie counter and a heart rate monitor. These two units enable a jogger to keep track of these very useful statistics, particularly when somebody is using the treadmill to lose weight. To be able to lose weight, you should burn a large number of calories and while exercising, you have to keep your heart rate elevated for an extended period of time for maximum benefit.
Some people are concerned that a jogging treadmill may not be as effective as jogging outside when it comes to weight loss as the treadmill does not offer the varying terrain and is easier than outside jogging. It is true that it is easier to use a jogging treadmill because some of the work is actually being done for you (the treadmill belt moves taking over some of the work your legs would be doing) and there is no wind resistance to contend with. However, having some of the work done for you means you can exercise at a higher intensity (jog faster) than you would while jogging outside.
Intensity of exercise is very important if you want to lose weight. You can also adjust the setting of the jogging treadmill, for example increasing the incline, so that you get the variation you would get from jogging outside.
When using a jogging treadmill, it is important to try as much as possible not to support yourself on the rails. This is because holding the side rails means you transfer some of your body weight from your legs to your hands making the exercise less effective. Holding on to the rails also results in limited motion from your upper body and the abdomen (the core) which means it does not get engaged during the jog. The core needs to be strengthened so that you can have good posture and prevent injury to the back.
It is also very important to keep the correct posture when using a jogging treadmill. Many people tend to lean forward when using a treadmill and it is for this reason many gyms have mirrors to enable people to keep an eye on their form during exercise.