One of the most popular choices for exercise enthusiasts is a treadmill workout. There are many different shapes and sizes available at most gyms and for home use.
A treadmill workout can be adapted to any fitness level and is a great way to challenge your cardiovascular system.
Depending on your size and fitness level you can expect to burn about 100 calories per hour with a treadmill workout. People tend to gravitate toward a treadmill workout as walking is something that we do everyday. This kind of exercise is not for everyone. If you are extremely overweight or have any problems with you joints, this type of exercise can be very painful and unsafe. You many want to consider a stationary bike instead.
If you are just beginning an exercise program, start with a 5 minute warm up and then walk slowly on a flat plane for 12-15 minutes. Once you have started to build up your endurance you can gradually increate your time to 45 minutes. When you advance in your program you can also add uphill, downhill and interval drills to your program.
Varying the exercise terrain will challenge your muscles and increase your heart rate. You want to try and work between 50-85% of your maximum heart rate (220- your age) depending of your fitness level and exercise goals. If you an avid walker or runner, you may want to invest in a heart rate monitor that will do all of these calculations for you and tell you when you are working in your ideal range.