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Treadmill workout : muscles involved

The treadmill is an excellent exercise machine that is suitable for all levels. Whether you simply want to take a healthy walk without the constraints of Mother Nature, or you are a dedicated jogger or runner, the treadmill can be adjusted to your needs.

The treadmill mainly works the lower body and cardiovascular system.

The principal muscles involved are the thighs – both quadriceps and hamstrings – the calves and the glutes, more so as you increase the incline on your treadmill. The abdominals are also worked, especially if you run.

The back, shoulders, pectorals and arms are also used, but at a lower intensity. If you would like to work your upper body a little more during your treadmill workout, you can carry hand weights.

For a fun and different training experience, try the VirtuoGym treadmill workout with kinesiologist Marie-Eve Riendeau.