If I Do The Treadmill Everyday, Will I Lose Weight?
By Simon Gould
Treadmills are great for losing weight because they burn so many calories no matter what you do on them. No other cardio machine can burn calories like them. They do it so well that when you see results it's very tempting to want more of the same. This may encourage you to go on the treadmill more often. You may even be tempted to go on them everyday.
You will lose weight if you do it everyday
There's no other way to say it, yes weight loss will definitely happen if you're doing it everyday. Whether you're walking, jogging or running you'll burn more calories the more you do it and doing it everyday means you'll burn more calories everyday. Unless you eat mountains of food to compensate for the calorie burn, weight loss will be yours.
If you have time to do it everyday then it may not be a bad thing. If it doesn't interfere in your life too much like an addiction, if you enjoy it, then you can do it. A lot of fitness enthusiasts will say you need a day off per week but there are some occasions when you can get away with exercising everyday and you could be one of them.
When you're ok doing it everyday
If you have a good fitness level already, you've been doing this exercise for a while and your body is used to it. If you're under 40 and if you only exercise for shorter periods like 30 minutes per day or less. If you take it easy and don't overdo the exercise. If you don't feel any pain and not too many aches afterwards or in the mornings. It's ok to do it.
Walking everyday on a treadmill is fine even if it's brisk and you're doing big inclines. Jogging and running if you're taking it easy and don't do more than 30 minutes or so. It very much depends on how you're feeling, you know your own body. It is an exhilarating thing to do exercise, it does make you feel very good.
When you're probably over doing it
If you're exceeding 30 minutes every time. You're already losing weight by doing it everyday if you are, there's no need to go overboard. If you do some of your runs really hard like a no pain no gain kind of exertion then you're over doing it. If you feel any aches or pains that are getting worse every time you go and you don't take a day off, you're over doing it.
If you're exercising and you don't increase you're food intake at all. 3 meals a day is what we all need but if you're burning 3/400 calories per day and eating no more. Then you'll start losing too much weight and you'll get injuries, aches and pains and you'll start to get thin. It will stop being healthy for you.
What the government recommends
The government through the CDC has set out guidelines for physical activity in adults and it's quite a lot. They recommend you do brisk walking or other moderate intensity activities for 2 hours and 30 minutes per week. This is 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. So exercising everyday on a treadmill may not seem so extreme now.
They have recommended running which they call vigorous activity needs to be done for 1 hour and 15 minutes per week, which is 15 minutes per day, 5 days a week. They also recommend that you do strength or weight bearing activities on 1 or 2 days per week. So they are encouraging exercise everyday themselves!
I have tried running for an hour everyday and you can see my progress. I had started to develop some aches and pains so I've had to take a day or 2 off during the week. I'm over 40 and doing too much running but I enjoy it. Unfortunately I'm not so young anymore :). But that doesn't change my recommendation above for treadmill exercise everyday.
We are all built differently and some of us can run everyday and cope with it. Maybe you're one of them and if you are you can do the treadmill everyday and lose weight. Remember once you're at your desired weight then you need to start eating the right amount and this is important if you're still getting regular exercise. Overall as long as you enjoy and take care then you'll be ok.
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