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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,459
10/14/12 7:52 A

For most people, weight loss is 80% nutrition, and just 20% exercise. Exercise does contribute to weight loss, and has many other health benefits, but you are unlikely to see significant weight loss unless and until you tackle the intake side of things as well.

Burning fat is an all-body process, and you can't target where you lose weight from. Energy is delivered to the muscles via the bloodstream, NOT from being absorbed from surrounding fat stores. Sit-ups may strengthen the core muscles, but will do absolutely nothing about the overlying layer of tummy fat. And in terms of strengthening core muscles, planks are far more effective than sit-ups, as they work a much wider range of muscles.

But in answer to your question, yes you can use the treadmill every day (assuming you are walking). Running is high impact, and something that should be worked up to gradually - it is generally recommended that beginner runners run just 3 times per week, and do lower impact cardio on the other days.


GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,236
10/14/12 12:29 A

Ugh.....I'd rather wallow in mud than walk on a treadmill. If I'm going to walk &/or run, I've got to do it outside, at least 8 or 9 months of the year. It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO boring for me! But some people love it! I'm just one of 'em! emoticon

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
10/14/12 12:10 A

Weight loss happens in the kitchen. You can exercise until the cows come home but it won't make much difference if your food intake is too high. If you pair your treadmill walking with a healthy and balanced diet then you will have success.

In term of the tummy, you can do all the crunches in the world but it won't matter if you still have fat over the area. I suggest a full body strength training program that include abdominal work so that you can have a strong body and core.

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10/13/12 10:11 P

I have used my treadmill 5-6 times a week for the past 9 months, and have lost over 30 lbs!
I love it, not sure I would have had so much success with SP if I didn't have a treadmill in my house.
Try it, I think you' ll like it!

HAWAII5YEARS SparkPoints: (61,471)
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10/13/12 8:41 P

Of course you can walk on your treadmill and lose weight. You will need to invest some time, though. The weight won't come off all at once, and it won't disappear from just your belly. Also, expect to see some strengthening of your leg muscles if you were a couch potato previously.
Walking can be a really effective weight loss and fitness tool, and it is reasonably low-impact making it safer for your joints. However, it can get boring walking for 45 minutes while staring at a wall. Think about using music, books, or television as a mental stimulant while you walk.

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10/13/12 7:59 P

Not only can you walk on it every day, but light jogging for short or moderate amounts of time also will be fine. The only time I would say that you may run into issues is when you are doing much more intense cardio activities that requires a bit more time to recover from. But most folks don't reach those limits.

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10/13/12 7:23 P

Hi Mel,

You most certainly walk on it daily. However, one cannot spot reduce, in other words selectively choosing a specific area to shrink the fat--where we tend to store our fat is determine most by genetics, but that doesn't mean that following a healthy diet and exercise plan that you can't shrink the fat cells.

Take care!
Coach Nancy

MELRW80 Posts: 41
10/13/12 6:11 P

I brought one yesterday and have a few questions. I am useless when it comes to exercise. can I walk on it everyday and actually lose weight ? I want my tummy gone. so should I also be doing the wii fit and sit ups. also how often should I do yoga on the wii and do I also walk that day

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