Just because you're not a fan of running doesn't mean you have to avoid cardio workouts completely. Why not give walking a try? Low-intensity exercise is better for burning fat, which means you can use your fitness treadmill to lose weight even if your joints give you trouble. The TRUE Fitness M50's orthopedic belt even further reduces the stress on your ankles, knees and hips, so get back on the fitness bandwagon and give these fat-burning walking workouts a try:
Use these gradual walk-run intervals from Fitness Magazine to burn fat at lightning-quick speed! You'll only need 20 minutes to feel the burn. Begin by warming up at a moderate walking pace for five minutes. Next, walk briskly for 20 seconds, followed by 20 seconds of jogging and 20 seconds of sprinting. Repeat for five minutes. Follow this interval with five minutes of brisk walking, then repeat the walk-jog-sprint cycle for five more minutes. Finish up your fat-burning workout with a five-minute brisk walk.
This workout from Prevention magazine is designed to help you burn up to 150 calories in half an hour. All you'll need is your favorite pair of running shoes and a fitness treadmill. Spend the first five minutes of your workout warming up, walking at a speed of 3.4 miles per hour or whatever is comfortable. Next, increase your speed to 4 miles per hour for 60 seconds, then bring it down to 3.4 miles per hour for 60 seconds. Repeat these intervals for six minutes.
For the third phase of your workout, walk briskly at a speed of 4.2 miles per hour for 40 seconds, followed by 20 seconds of cool down. Repeat for five minutes. Next: A 30-second interval walking 4.4. miles per hour, followed by 30 seconds of recovery. Repeat for five minutes. For the final fat-burning phase, amp up your walk to 4.6 miles per hour for 20 seconds, followed by a 40-second recovery interval at 3.4 miles per hour. Repeat for five minutes. End your cardio burst with four minutes of cool down, matching the speed you started with.
There's no need to neglect your arms during your cardio workout! The next time you hop on your TRUE Fitness treadmill for an after-work (or morning) workout, swing your arms from front to back with your elbows bent as you walk, being sure to keep your shoulders relaxed. More ambitious walking enthusiasts can grab a light pair of weights to hold for a double-duty workout.