Great article- I like the explanations of how to change up your routine, and the explanations why.
However, I do have one issue:
If I'm working hard on the treadmill, I absolutely don't want to someone to begin a conversation with me. Once I step off the treadmill, then you can talk to me, but not before. While I'm working out, I want to focus on speed, how my body feels and responds, how efficient my stride is, walking and running with proper technique.
I know that some people like to chat away while they're working out, but many people are like, me- don't want to be rude to others, but really REALLY don't want to have a conversation.
My Kindle has really helped my treadmill workout. Some books just didn't fit properly on the dashboard of the treadmill and at a quick pace, my eyes would get very tired. Kindle is thin enough to fit and the font can be enlarged so it's easier on my eyes. I also have a just-for-exercise book, something fun and engaging that I'll look forward to getting back to. Some days it's more about the soundtrack and just really enjoying some great music. Like someone else mentioned, I also switch off from treadmill/elliptical to a hula hoop.
I do 3 minutes on treadmill and 3 minutes of a weighted Hoola Hoop! It makes the time go really fast. And do this for about 20 minutes. I also watch usually a Joyce Meyer Ministry program or find something that motivates me.
It's all about the music. Soundtrack to "The Matrix" - can't help but run. Some of the songs are six minutes long, but they don't seem like it. It's a lot easier to convince yourself you can hang onto a fast pace until the end of a song.
I always find amusement ( and some angst) in comments about how if you're not capable of talking you're at the right level of fitness.
Just want to point out (hopefully seen by some that need it) that this is *** not true. *** If you are doing *anything* more than sitting on the couch its a step in the right direction. If what it takes to get on the treadmill is something like talking with a friend at the gym for a spell, then do it!
If TV works for you, install one on the wall in front of the thing. Get a DVR to record things you are interested in, etc. The whole industry has moved to flat panels and some can be had at really affordable rates. Most cable systems, etc even have music channels to help fill in those gaps. Tons of choices to make it tolerable.
I for one have fun with a back injury that makes pushing anything faster than 2.5 - 2.7 mph extremely dangerous and painful. However after 75 minutes with my current weight, etc I will drench my clothes, my heart rate is up to 140-150 BPM and I can "feel the burn." I am, however, not coming off the machine winded, out of breath, or dying from the exertion.
Fitness is a variable thing depending on your current level of capability. Achieving long lasting fitness takes moderation and time. Careful how much stock you take in comments from people who can do 1000% more than you without breaking a sweat.
I like the treadmill at the gym we are members. It has several different settings that have increase or decrease the incline. I have been walking 3 mph for 20 min. I then work out on the weight machines. I really love it. My wife has started going and she really enjoys it also.
To keep me motivated to keep on keeping on on the treadmill, I listen to books on tape or cd. I only allow myself to listen while I'm walking and the better the story the longer I find myself walking so I can hear the story!
I like the treadmill and every workout I do on it is different. And I switch between that, the elliptical, and the bike so I never do the same workout every day. I agree with the people who said conversation is not the way to go. If you are talking, you are not working hard enough, and I don't want anyone to talk to me while I'm "working". I also can't read and workout properly. I tried it on the bike once (could never even imagine it on the treadmill) and my workout wound up being a lower calorie burn.
I know some people were looking for some better suggestions. If your treadmill is at home, maybe you could put up pictures, posters, motivational quotes, to help stave off the boredom. I place you'd like to visit, something that inspires you. You could even change it every day. And music is a must!!!
5/7/2009 7:55:12 AM
I typed up an interval workout for myself, with times listed and what incline and speed I am going to be at for each minute or two minute or 30 second interval. It forces me to concentrate on what I'm doing. By watching my typed card, I am attentive to my workout and not just lazing along at the same speed all the time. It has helped me bring my speed and calorie burn WAY up and it makes the time go by so much faster.....cuz I have something to do and think about
Walking on the treadmill can be boring. I drive from South Bend Indiana to Indianapolis on a frequent basis. I have installed on my iPod which plays thru my car radio several music albums that helps me pass the time. For us oldies out there, I have Bob Seger, Journey, Supertramp and others. I have deleted the slower songs and left on the songs that have a fast beat. I use this for walking on the treadmill and time does pass quickly. There are some songs that I like that I can push the speed and not think about the "work" that I am doing.
4/13/2009 1:38:49 PM
Sorry, but if you can talk to the person next to you while working out - you aren't putting enough effort into your exercise routine. Plug into your ipod or favorite TV channel and kick up your workout a notch! Tell everyone about your great workout when you're done.
This article is so right. The treadmill can be fun and yet challenging too if you change your routine and speed. I have been working my treadmill for the past 5 weeks and each week I am amazed at how much faster I can go and sweat even more each time. I feel that my workout is truly getting better and overall I am enjoying the treadmill. What works best for me is to turn the TV on but put on a channel that has music. For me the 80's music keeps me up beat! I also do a lot of different arm movements while on the treadmil that helps strengthen the upper body too! You need to have fun to really enjoy the treadmill.
This was an interesting article. Since having a baby and living in NYC buying a treadmill seemed ideal, gym memeberships are through the roof here, I should of thought of it sooner. It's been so wonderful using the TM everyday, I've placed it in front of the TV and always have my MP3 at hand. I use the pre-programmed workouts and make up my own like for every incline till 12% walk 1 min. then run/jog 1 min, work your way back down the incline and so forth. it's been so much fun making up workouts. Investing on a Treadmill will be the best thing you've ever done for yourself.
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