A staple at most gyms, treadmills are popular for good reason: They accommodate almost any fitness level and goal. If weight loss is on your list, working out on a treadmill should be, too. “Treadmills are a great way to burn calories and help with weight loss because they simulate a real-life movement: walking or running,” says personal trainer Colin Westerman. There’s one trick, though, that boosts your ability to burn calories for weight loss on a treadmill: “You have to bear the load of your body weight,” says Westerman. That means no holding onto the treadmill’s side handles as you walk or run.
The treadmill’s features also work well for weight loss. “You have to keep up to the speed of the belt on a treadmill so you cannot rest or take it easy,” says Westerman. There’s also the calorie-zapping incline feature, allowing you to kick up the intensity without having to move faster or break into a run if you prefer a joint-friendly walk.