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Getting on the Treadmill

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  • This is a very timely article for me since just yesterday I walked around the treadmills at the gym but felt too intimidated to get on. I didn't know how or where to start! Now I do - thanks!
  • WHYME21
  • My husband bought me a treadmill for my 30th birthday, right after having a baby. He thought his friends would never let him live it down.... secret was - I begged for one! It is the BEST gift I have ever received. I would latch my baby on in a pack and we would walk for hours! She loved it, I loved it....the treadmill is my best friend! I now take my Nook eReader, hop on and get lost in a story line. Before I know it, I have 2 miles in for the day! Keep working with a treadmill and you will soon find it to be your lifesaver!
  • REGINA013
    What happens if I find I cannot run ont the treadmill without holding on. I have a fear of falling off the end of the treadmill and I also have balance concerns.
    Like a few others here, I was totally intimidated by the treadmill at first! My mom and I joined a gym, she is 70 and I am 49. She had never even been on a treadmill before, and she took to it like a duck to water! She goes steady at about 2 for the speed, for about 10 minutes, then goes onto other machines.

    I finally got up the courage to get on it recently. I was scared, because I am so out of shape that I was worried about falling, because my balance right now is terrible. One of the trainers checked me over and found that my core is so weak, that is what is giving me bad balance. So I got on the treadmill, started at lowest speed, 1, and 15 minutes felt like it was going to kill me! Few days later I got on again, bumped speed up to about 2 and did 25 minutes with no problem!

    Now I am excited, because I want to keep increasing my speed and incline, and also aim for spending about 60 minutes on the treadmill. When I was younger, slimmer and in better shape, I walked everywhere and enjoyed it. I would like to be that way again!

    Maybe I really can do this after all!
  • great articles, I really like my treadmill. I walk everyday.for 1 hour walk . walk alittle,run alittle.I feel so much better.
    If you are out of shape or not as healthy as you should be, just use a treadmill 10 minutes a day for a week. Then add an extra 10 minutes per week following. You can eventually work up to 40-60 minutes. Do some stretches, then start out slow. For beginners, this helps so that you don't get an injury.
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  • Really like my treadmill - and it's something that's pretty easy for me to do on days when I don't feel like the frenetic pace of a floor or step aerobics DVD. Like many folks who posted here, I also watch movies and DVDs from TV shows while I'm the treadmill and that makes the time fly by. I also have a treadmill DVD by Tracy Staehle called Walking Strong that is a pretty tough workout. She uses varying speeds, incline and (some) weights to make a really challenging workout.
    Love the treadmill. Keep fast pace music handy to walk-it's really motivating. Also keep a journal by treadmill to log in miles,time, etc. JUST DO IT.
  • I love my treadmill. I could never afford one and I was afraid that I would be one of those people that used it to hang their clothes on. When my sister's husband passed away she bought me a great treadmill as a thank you. It is the best gift I've ever received (not counting gifts my children made for me when I was small of course). I have never ever put one piece of clothing on it and I use it all the time. Suggestion: watch a movie if you want to go for a long time. I don't have a dvd player in the same room as my treadmill so I bring my laptop. It keeps me on the treadmill longer. Just be careful you don't forget what you are doing.
  • JCOHEN53
    I use the treadmill for one of my cardio workouts. I was told to change the speeds at intervals to train my heart to respond to the workout. I always begin at 2.5 for 2 minutes and then jump up to my highest level of 3.2 for 5 minutes, then i repeat this throughout my 30-45 minute walk on the treadmill. I was also told to stay within a target heart range specific for me: 114-130 will burn fat. I go over a couple of points now and then. Check with a trainer about target heart rates to be safe. Above all, get out there and walk! Spark helps me keep motivated.
  • OK I love my treadmill but I'm not sure if I'm cheating myself on my calories burned. I have a nordic Track Treadmill that show me everything. So I have noticed that when I enter my time speed and such the amount of calories burned is about half of what the mill says why is this? Plus I always walk at an incline and use 3 lb weight on each wrist the whole time I'm on and I usually run for 11 mins with 1lb weights.

    Long story short how do I make sure I am entering in my info and getting the most accurate counts? I wanna be sure I each and exercise to lose weight?

    THANKS!! :)
    i just love to walk and run on the treatmill, its the exercize that
    i enjoy the most.
  • go to the gym and walk and run on the treadmill I really feel great being able to do this

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