Using a treadmill to use up calories is a good plan and it might be a bit more helpful if you learned how many calories you actually burned in your running session. There are several factors that determine treadmill calories burned and these include weight, stride length, exercise intensity, speed, efficiency, incline and holding onto the hand rails.

When determining calories burned on a treadmill consider your weight. Your muscles use calories to move your weight across the miles on the treadmill. This is the most important part of the calorie burning regulation. The more you weigh the more calories you will burn as you run.

Stride length also determines how many calories you are burning. A shorter stride indicates you are picking up your feet more times each mile and this uses up more calories. How fast are you running on the treadmill? If you cover the same distance in a short amount of time you have used up more calories due to intensity and you will also burn calories just breathing and exercising. Running on a treadmill is the optimum way to burn more calories.

The exercise intensity you put out on the treadmill will determine if your lungs and heart are functioning. Working heart and lungs will burn calories at a faster rate. If you incline or walk or run uphill on the treadmill you will burn more calories than just running on a level surface, and motorized treadmills will help reduce your calories compared to walking or running without using a treadmill.

Take care not to hold the hand rails of the treadmill if you want to burn more calories. If you hold onto the rails when running or walking on the treadmill you will burn less calories than if you used your arms as part of the workout profile. Remember that speed and stride are the most important factors when you use a treadmill. The more distance you cover in the least amount of time burns many calories.

There are many treadmills that have a calorie display. Treadmills that tend to be more accurate use a reading of your weight. Rule of thumb: the more you weigh the more calories you will burn. If you don”t include your correct weight the number of calories used and showing on the display will be wrong. If the treadmill you are working on only asks for weight, the machine is estimating your calorie burn based on the speed, distance and incline. It is not taking into consideration in your stride or exercise difficulty. Either readout method you use on a treadmill will give you a good idea of how many calories you are burning. This in turn will give you an idea of how to vary your exercise routines.

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