I have never been on a treadmill before in my life until I went to YWCA last month. I use to go walking to the park not far from me but I have severe nerve damage from an accident years ago. The pavement is just so harsh on my feet, knees and joints. But, last month out of curiosity I called the local YWCA and asked if they had a fitness room and they said yeah. So, I went on in and tried it out. They had treadmills and a few other gym equipment. At first I had a darn time trying to get coordinated and to figure out how to use the treadmill. You pretty much on your own there and have to figure out yourself how to use the exercise equipment. I figure no biggie shoot I love gadgets and working on my computer upgrading it. I always have been the type that did not like to read manuals i just like hand ons and figure it out that way.
Ah well here I was all out of breathe, feeling a little dizzy and just had a hard time walking on the treadmill. Then I figure out why I was having such a hard time. I had been pushing buttons here and there that I did not understand. Doing that had made the treadmill inclined I guess up as far as it could go! For lol no wonder why i was all out of breathe and feeling the pain in my legs so badly it was inclined up too far! But, I did not know treadmills did all that. But, I figured it out and got it together working right for me. I went back about 5 more times and I can do 1 mile in 27 min at 2.5mph but I leave that inclined stuff off. My body is out of alignment after my accident so i must concentrate on keeping my footing in the right place for I won't go off the treadmill. Geesh I almost had that happened a few times! I have not been back to the YWCA because it cost 5 dollars each time I go unless I buy a membership for 45.00 for the year and then pay 3.00 every time I go. So, I been thinking maybe I will just save that money and buy a treadmill off Craigslist. I have seen so many for sale below 200 bucks. So, its a thought. I must say I really enjoyed being on the treadmill once I figured out how to use it and got my footing together. It really made me feel energetic the rest of the day. Only thing with YWCA you can only go between 9 am and 4pm and sometimes I just don't feel like exercising until later after 6pm. Also, I missed being in the open fresh air walking outside so I may still try to do that but don't walk as long and I would walk only in the evening when the sun goes down. Well HAPPY TREAD-MILLING TO ALL!
- 5/27/2010 7:37:16 PM