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The Best Fat-Burning Workouts You Can Do On A Treadmill, Trainer Says

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If the treadmill is your absolute favorite piece of fitness equipment, you are in luck, because today we're delivering the best fat-burning workouts you can do on it. Whether you already have convenient access to one in your home, or you typically head to the gym to get your sweat sessions in, the treadmill is such an effective way to lose weight and get into serious shape. Walking at a brisk pace or running at an incline, for example, will torch more calories than if you were doing the same workout on a flat surface. Inclines will also help you sculpt lean muscle mass. What's not to love about all of that? We are Team Treadmill all the way.

Read on to learn more about why treadmills are so productive in helping you melt fat, in addition to a couple of fat-burning workouts you can do on it. And next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

Establish the perfect balance between a steady-state workout and an interval-based routine

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Let's talk cardio. In addition to eating a healthy diet and strength training, this form of exercise is crucial to incorporate into your fitness regimen. There are plenty of cardio exercises you can do, ranging from working out on the exercise bike or stairclimber, hiking, biking, and of course, making use of the treadmill.

The treadmill is a great investment and a fantastic tool to torch fat—especially if you live in an area where you're not able to run outside, deal with moody weather, or simply want to have more control over your pace and incline.

When it comes to the types of cardio that are best for fat burning, you want to establish the perfect balance between a steady-state workout and an interval-based routine. Steady-state focuses more on aerobic endurance, which can be done more often, whereas intervals are more anaerobic-based. Interval training can be more difficult for your body to recover from, and it should really only be done a max of 2 to 3 times per week. Alternating between the two will give you the best of both worlds and help you not only improve your aerobic fitness, but also burn fat.

Below are aerobic and interval-style treadmill workouts you can add to your fitness routine to lose weight. Check them out, and gear up for the best fat-burning workouts you've ever experienced.

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Incline Treadmill Walk

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For this workout, you're going to set your treadmill at the highest incline (usually 15 degrees), and set the speed at 3.0 to 3.5 mph. Walk at this pace and incline for 20 to 30 minutes, and watch your heart rate go up!

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Treadmill Sprint Intervals

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Start this workout by standing with your legs outside of the belt and setting your treadmill on a 10% incline and the speed a little higher than your typical jog pace. Once the incline and speed are set, safely hop onto the treadmill, and sprint hard for 30 seconds. Once you've sprinted for 30 seconds, grab the handles on the side, and carefully jump back onto the stable non-moving part of the treadmill. Rest for 30 seconds, and then repeat this workout for 10 rounds.

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.
Tim Liu, CSCS, is an online fitness and nutrition coach based in Los Angeles Read more