Take advantage of exercising indoors with a treadmill.
Treadmills are not just for improving your cardiovascular fitness, they can also go a long way to help get that stubborn belly fat to take a hike. While they may seem rather intimidating and dangerous, treadmills are actually a safe and easy way to get in your daily cardio. If you've never used one before, have a trainer give you a tutorial on how to run your treadmill. Once you get the basics figured out, you can choose from a variety of treadmill routines that will help you lose that belly fat once and for all. Of course, a healthy, nutritious, and calorie-smart diet will support your efforts on the treadmill. Consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise routine.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
If you're tempted to hop on the treadmill and start running, you better pump the breaks. While your enthusiasm is applauded, beginners risk injury and over-training if you do too much too fast. Instead, give walking a go. Begin with a slow comfortable pace for five to 10 minutes until you feel like your body is ready for more intense activity. From here, increase your speed until you reach a brisk pace at which you can still comfortably talk for 10 to 20 seconds at a time. Continue at this intensity for 30 minutes then gradually decrease your speed to complete a five-minute cool-down.
Add a Little Incline
Add some incline to your treadmill routine to up the intensity of your workout. The higher the intensity, the more calories you burn and the more belly fat you lose. Begin your workout with an easy five to 10-minute warm-up with no incline. When you're ready to go, bump the incline up a few degrees so that it feels challenging but not so challenging that you cannot complete your 30 minutes of exercise. During your workout, avoid placing your hands on the hand rails, instead rely on your lower body to do the work. Once you hit the 30-minute mark, lower the incline back to zero and complete a five-minute cool-down. Keep a record of your progress from session to session and increase incline as your body adapts to each routine.
Jog it Out
Once you have the treadmill figured out, give jogging a try. You may feel a bit wobbly at first but it will soon feel like second nature. Before your jogging routine, begin with a five to 10-minute warm-up that begins with walking and gradually increases to a slow jog. Jog at a comfortable pace for at least 30 minutes. If you lack the stamina for continuous jogging, don't be afraid to slow to a walk every five to 10 minutes to give your heart and lungs a chance to catch up. End your workout with a five-minute cool-down.
Mix It Up
Interval training gives you a chance to mix up your treadmill routine and prevent extreme boredom. This type of routine requires a more intense form of exercise and may not be for everyone. Begin slowly and test the waters -- you can always increase your intensity as your fitness improves. After a five to 10-minute warm-up, begin to jog at an intensity that you find it difficult to carry on a conversation. Maintain this pace for 30 to 60 seconds then slow to a walk. Walk for 60 to 90 seconds then return to the higher intensity pace. Continue this work/rest cycle for the duration of your workout, which should last about 20 minutes. Finish with a five-minute cool-down. Interval training can also be used for walking and incline training.