Creative Ways To Lose Weight With A Treadmill

Usually the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about treadmills is that they are really boring. Many people prefer to run outdoors and get a change of scenery and fresh air instead of running inside in the same place. But running on a treadmill doesn’t have to be that way.

This video is a great example of how you can use a treadmill for more than just running in place. If you did this kind of workout every day then losing 30 pounds wouldn’t take more than a few months.

But extreme treadmill workouts are not the only way to enjoy using your treadmill. Many manufacturers now offer incline trainers which are treadmills that can incline up to 40% and even have the ability to decline as well. If you were to look at just a lineup of regular treadmills you would notice they typically only incline up to 12%. If you want a great workout on a treadmill, just upgrade to an incline trainer and kick up the incline to the maximum. You only need to walk 2-3 mph and you will get a really great workout.

Another thing you could try is to run on your treadmill backwards. It might be better to avoid running initially and instead try walking backwards to get your balance. Once you have the hang of it, try increasing the speed. YOu will feel your legs using new muscles you hadn’t used before from running the traditional way.

One thing that really helps to lose weight is competition. Humans love to compete. It’s in our nature. Today there are numerous products that will track your fitness goals such as distance run, calories burned and all that kind of thing. Some treadmills come with these features built in. iFit is one such feature. Many treadmills have it. You can get one with this feature and compete with other runners or just yourself and your own goals. Adding competition to your workouts will help you push harder and you will enjoy exercising more.

Of course, treadmill workouts in and of themselves won’t help you lose weight. Losing weight is a lifestyle choice, not a 30 minute workout. Along with your new treadmill workouts, try a new diet like Weight Watchers or HCG.

There is one more thing to keep in mind when it comes to treadmills. Be sure to read expert treadmill reviews before you buy. There are some machines you really just need to avoid. So do your research before you make your purchase, and that includes looking for coupons. They are out there, so don’t buy a treadmill at full price.

So whether you have a treadmill already or need a new one, you now know how you can use a treadmill to lose weight by doing more than just running in place.

Weight-Loss Plateau Combat Techniques

Last month, you were completely dedicated to losing that extra weight. But as the weeks have gone on, you are starting to lose your motivation and are tempted to fall back into your bad habits. STOP RIGHT THERE! Don’t move another muscle! First of all, pat yourself on the back . . . you have done such a great job so far! Don’t quit now just because it’s getting tough.

Rather than giving up and being satisfied with your current weight, or worse, drowning your sorrows by consuming a dozen donuts, try the following combat techniques to reignite your fire for weight-loss:

1. Consider an “Intermittent Fast”

Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting (usually meaning consumption of water only) and non-fasting. Lucky for you, intermittent fasting (IF) can be done in a number of ways. From daily fasting, by only eating during a 5-hour time period, or setting aside one to three days a week to fast, the combinations are virtually endless. The important thing is to know is what kind of intermittent fasting technique will work best for you and your lifestyle, and this can only be determined by a little experimentation. As long as IF is done correctly, it can kick your body off of its weight plateau in just a matter of days. NOTE: IF is NOT about starving yourself. It’s about eating in a manner that mimics the natural irregularity of Grok’s eating patterns.

2. Write Down Everything You Eat

Everything you eat adds up. But instead of viewing your food log as a negative thing, make a game out of it! Consider having competitions with family members or friends to see who can stay within their allotted calorie intake each day. Have a prize for the winner at the end of the month.

A food diary is an honest look into what you’re actually eating, not what you think you are eating. Need more convincing that you might not be being honest with yourself? According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, those who kept a food diary in a 20-week study dropped double the weight of the dieters who did not chronicle their food choices. Keeping a food diary makes you accountable for what you eat because it forces you to consider your actions before you take them. This is an effective safeguard against mindless snacking or emotional eating.

3. Change Your Workout Routine

If you never change things up, you will likely find yourself dreading the monotony of regular gym sessions and start losing motivation. In addition, your body can become used to to the same caloric burn and muscle exertion as it becomes more efficient at completing regular movements. Give your brain and body the wake up call they need by switching up your usual routine with some new additions.

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March Madness Weight-Loss Challenge

Today marks the beginning of another fist-pumping, adrenaline-rushing “March Madness” tournament. The 67 single-elimination games of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship are sure to be a slam dunk in collegiate basketball history.

As the hundreds of jump shots and free-throws start dropping, “March Madness” ought also to be a great reminder of the weight you’re trying to “drop”. Think about it . . . spring and summer are on the way . . . are YOU ready to strut your stuff in that swimming suit? If the answer is no, it’s not too late  — you still have time to get the “beach body” of your dreams before the sun comes out. But you’ve got to start now!

Join the “March Madness Weight-Loss Challenge” and make it to the “Final Four” by losing at least four pounds in the next two weeks! How, you may be asking, can I possibly lose four pounds during the most ESPN-centered two weeks of the year?

Well, if you watch all 67 games, at approximately 60 minutes per game, you will have watched almost 4,020 hours of college basketball during the month of March. Wow! That’s a LOT of basketball! Imagine if you spent that time, or even half of that time, working out or lifting weights? The positive impact on your body would be even more exciting than your favorite college team sweeping the tournament!

But since no one in their right mind would ever choose to work out instead of watching “March Madness” (including me) . . .  why not combine the two? Rather than just sitting on the couch while you’re watching games, make use of the commercial breaks to fit in some workouts. Do some push-ups and crunches, bring your free-weights into the living room for some bicep curls, or just do a calf-raises. As we’ve learned from the game of basketball . . . every second counts.

Step up your game this month!  Join with your favorite college basketball team and Drop 30 Pounds and make it to the “Final Four” by losing four pounds by the end of March!

What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking!  Don’t let the buzzer sound until you’re one step closer to your weight-loss goal!