I have had a treadmill for over a year now and its the best thing I have ever bought. You don't have to just run on it. I vary what I do such as fast walking, running, dancing in a fashion as long as its not going to fast and do arm exercises too. I have some good tracks playing and before I know it fifteen or twenty minutes have passed quickly. As long as I am sweating a bit I know I have done something. You can also alternate between other exercises so it doesn't get boring. I have a pilates machine as well as an ab trainer and weights. I alternate between them all so I don't get bored but keep interested.
I alternate between reading my kindle (attached to screen on front ) or watching ipad attached to screen. If I am getting into a good book, I get lost in time and my exercising time passes quickly and enjoyably.
I love my treadmill and appreciate I ideas that I read. I usually walk @ a 3.0 pace and I am going to increase to 3.5. I increase the speed regularly. Also, I walk everyday on my treadmill. So, it be to hot to walk outside and my treadmill comes in handy. Keep putting more different ideals on the blog.
I can't stand cardio machines. Never did them until I installed an internet equipped TV with Hulu, Vudu, and Netflix plus an AppleTV with MLB.com and my entire iTunes library. This morning I even streamed Lynda.com training videos from my iPad to my AppleTV and not only killed it by doing my cardio, but killed two birds with one stone by doing video training in the same time! That's my refresh! Now I just need to figure out how to pay bills at the same time and I'll be getting 3 things I hate done in the same time :-)
5/30/2012 10:06:28 AM
I'm sure I look absolutely crazy, but when I'm on the treadmill at the gym I dance! I always have my iPod with lots of funky music and just go to it. I've been doing this for the past few years, ever since I joined. It's the ONLY way I could still be on that treadmill, just can't do the hamster in the wheel thing otherwise. I work up a really good sweat so I know I'm getting a good workout in.
I just started using the treadmill at the gym.I constantly change incline and speed to mix it up. Has anyone slowed it way down and done lunges on it?I can now do a decent lunge on the floor since I`ve been doing them on the treadmill. I hope to get one for my home soon.
I really expected more from this article. Incline, speed & talking to strangers...that's the best you've got!
I agree 100% with some other posters. Please don't start conversations with people on any of the machines. That is just not the right time or place. Group classes are better suited for chatting. I don't mind a little chit chat before or after a group class, that's fine. But please, not during the class. ( although I do appreciate other peoples snide comments regarding the intensity of the workout ~ lol )
1/15/2012 1:29:29 PM
This is a great tip....I've changed my treadmill workout up by doing this and have found that not only do I lose more calories faster, my legs are stronger and I've been able to increase my minimum speed as well
When I was in a 5K training 'class'/clinic, they had us running at a level where we could still chat with our running partners - not serious discussions about western philosophy and literature mind you, but chat. They told us if we couldn't chat, our exertion level was too high. Granted, there are times when you might want to push yourself to that level, but it doesn't have to be every workout. And let's face it, a bunch of people at SP are beginning exercisers - they might be intimidated to think they have to workout at a level where they can't talk to get any benefit. That's just not true!
Personally, I don't start up a conversation with strangers, but I also don't mind if people around me are chatting. If that's what they need to do to stay motivated, more power to them! And during my 5K clinic, the times when I ran (and chatted) with a partner were a nice break from my usual solitary mode - and she pushed me to run harder than I would on my own.
That's just not true--you can have conversations with people while running or walking, on a treadmill or not, and still be burning calories and having a positive effect on your body and your health. That's not to say that you needn't ever put the pedal to the metal, but the idea that you need to be going headlong for every workout is a fallacy and could well ultimately lead to burnout and/or injury.
1/13/2012 11:44:06 AM
I agree with BMoreStubborn. If you can have a conversation while on the treadmill, you're not working hard enough. I'm surprised the author didn't mention listening to an audiobook while on the treadmill. I get engrossed in the story and keep going, so I often end up with a longer workout.
I listen to music while on the treadmill if not an audiobook. I like to scramble the playlist so I get a variety of tunes instead of the same songs in the same order all the time. It keeps the workout fresh.
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