The fitness industry is renowned for its fads—from Jane Fonda’s aerobics to infomercial AB Crunch Pro’s to pump classes and cross fit—but at the end of the day the trusty treadmill has weathered all of these fads. Many people have stuck by the treadmill as their ‘go-to’ for fitness comebacks, and maintain a steady fitness level. Of course for many years the treadmill was given a bad name but that is because Yogi’s and bodybuilders were scared that they might reduce flexibility or burn up too much muscle. The truth is that the proof is in the pudding. A study completed by a study out of the Journal of American Medical Association found that walking or running on the treadmill had the highest rates of energy expenditure and aerobic demands compared to other cardio vascular machines  The fact remains that running and walking is at the top of the list for functional exercise that properly stimulates cardiovascular development.
The reason that treadmills are now ‘cool’ or popular to have at home is because the tech world has developed so many running apps that it makes it super easy to get involved with running. Apps like Couch to 5k is brilliant because it gives your small daily/weekly goals that are achievable for you to start at zero running and then can run 5km.
- Zeni, A. I., Hoffman, M. D., & Clifford, P. S. (1996). Energy expenditure with indoor exercise machines. JAMA, 275(18), 1424-1427.