Actress-writer Mindy Kaling is a fan of fitness -- or at least she tries her best to keep in shape even while busy acting, writing, and producing movie and television, and looking after her young daughter.
One of her favorite ways to stay fit is working out on her treadmill. So much so the star recently reached out to her fans on the hunt for a new one.
"Hi guys, good morning," she said in a recent Instagram story. "I’m on my treadmill, which I love, but I’ve had for, like, 12 years. What is a treadmill that you like? ‘Cause I need to buy a new one. Thank you!"
Her fans came through for her, which means that there must be a slew of fellow treadmill worshippers out there. The debate between running outside versus on a treadmill is a long (and sometimes) heated one. However, if you're like Kaling who prefers to run indoors or are considering purchasing one, here's why treadmills are an essential form of exercise equipment.
Walking or running on a treadmill is an effective cardiovascular exercise. Moderate to high intensity aerobic activity improves heart health, lowers cholesterol levels, and helps shed weight and improves strength.
Working out on a treadmill means you're sweating it out in a safe, indoor environment -- there's no busy traffic to contend with -- and you can also complete your workout rain or shine.
Also, it's easy to vary your workouts with a treadmill. You can easily increase the speed, incline, and change it up with different built-in programs. If you increase your treadmill's incline by 1% you can replicate running outdoors, which makes it an effective way of training for a race or marathon. Plus, the more your treadmill is set at an incline, the more calories you burn.
Other high end treadmills even include an entertainment component, so you can binge watch your fave TV series while working out -- which won't really feel like working out at all.
Which Ones to Buy
Based on Amazon reviews, the following are some of the best treadmills out there:
With almost 500 reviews and a four-star rating, this NordTrack treadmill seems like a pretty good bargain at $868. It comes with 20 built-in programs designed by a personal trainer and an outlet to hook up your smartphone to play your favorite tunes.
For more bells and whistles, this Amazon Choice treadmill comes with a large LCD window, 18 workout apps, as well as a port for your smartphone and a heart monitor. $599-$935.
For those who are unsure about making a huge purchase, but are curious about trying out a treadmill, this is a good option. It's easy to store and helps to track your speed, distance, heart rate, and calories burned. $272.
If you're looking to invest in a piece of quality of exercise equipment, then you can't go wrong with a treadmill. Hey, and if it's good enough for Mindy Kaling, then what more do you need?
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