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Getting on the Treadmill

5 Tips for Beginners

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JUSTMEBBWJAN

5/27/2010 7:37:16 PM

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!

SWTNSPC

5/13/2010 9:35:53 AM

I bought a treadmill about 6 months ago and use it very regularly. You have to keep your workouts lively and fun and what works for me is catching up on my favorite TV shows while walking on my treadmilll. Right now I am catching up on "24" season 3 and that keeps me motivated to wake up at 4am in the morning to workout.

NATLEE3

4/27/2010 8:35:01 PM

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Well hello everyone,
This is my first comment on this Sparks forum. I started using my treadmill for the first time in a long time -- 15 min. only at an average of 1.5 speed. Today I progressed to 30 min and average again was 1.5 -I did get to 1.7 (brisk for me) -- I have a lot to lose and I am sadly out of shape. Just thought I would share my progress with all of you. I really started my Spark nutrition tracking and trying to eat the right foods yesterday, Monday. I'll stick with this -- I need this weight plan for myself!
Natlee

LIDIALEE55

4/26/2010 10:06:42 PM

I too have a treadmill and began using it in November last year. I also started a new food lifestyle change and have lost 25kg, which was my goal. I started at 10mins a day at a slow speed and short distance at first but am now able to do it for 100mins at 7kph and incline of 5%, which is quite intense but worth it. I'm 54yrs of age and plan on keeping this up but may have to time down some as I now have reached my target and am doing it to stay fit and healthy. When I began my journey, I was a type 2 diabetic and on medication. I have now been cleared as of a month ago and am off all medication. Good luck everyone. Happy walking!!!

REDDWHINE

3/17/2010 3:03:53 PM

I do water aerobics at the Y three days a week and walk on the treadmill the other 4. I found the treadmill to be very boring until I discovered a few tricks. One is doing intervals. I warm up for 5 minutes, then 4 minutes at a faster speed and with a slight incline, 1 minute at increased speed and incline, back to 4 minutes, 1 minute, 4 minutes, 1 minute and then 5 cool down. This routine gets me a mile in 25 minutes. I've found that in concentrating on the time in increments works to keep me from watching the over all time and getting bored or discouraged. If I am walking on the treadmill without the intervals, I put a piece of masking tape over the timer part of my treadmill and focus instead on the distance I am going. I am much more successful that way. Hey, I'm weird but it works for me.

SKINNYMEUP1985

2/12/2010 4:59:50 PM

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I have a treadmill and my hubby teases me because it has mainly been a clothes holder...looking forward to showing him!!

LIVING4NOW

2/5/2010 10:04:26 PM

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I just started the program. Yea!!! I have walk outside most of last year, now it so cold I have to start walking indoors. I read the posts and they have encouraged me to take the plunge and dust off the treadmill that was given to me. It was my sister's, she died of diabetes. I started losing weight after that, but the last few months I got stuck, somehow. I will drag the treadmil out tonight and set it up, so I will use it first thing in the morning. Thanks

DELICATEONE

2/3/2010 1:40:45 PM

I've been doing some 10 minute treadmills, but today is the first day to actually spend time on SPARK on-line. It takes some doing to set it all up, but I am so very encouraged. Anyway, thanks SPARK, thanks Chris, for caring about all of us and for setting all of this up! I am encouraged for the first time in a long time. May God bless you!

GMAKELLY

2/3/2010 10:06:00 AM

I use my treadmill everyday, and everyday I have to force myself to get on it. BUT, after I'm on it for about 5 minutes its not so bad. After 10 minutes I'm halfway to a mile. So I may as well go another half mile. Then I may as well do another 20 minutes. Then its usually a little over 2 miles so I may as well go for 3 miles and make it an even 60 minutes. It sounds complicated, but it works for me.

GOLDENBC1

1/18/2010 12:55:34 AM

I have a NordicTrack treadmill and love it. It has an adjustable cushioning level, and I watch tv or listen to music while on it. We are setting up our own gym in the basement after going to a gym for a few years. We kind of lost interest in going because it was too easy to stay home after dinner. Now with our own treadmill and other gym equipment, we can go downstairs for even 20 mins, whereas we wouldn't go to the gym for only 20 mins.

MONCHIE53

1/16/2010 10:36:27 PM

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Hi, just started on the 6th and have to confess exercising is a challenge for me. I have no excuse, I own a treadmill and currently unemployed, so I have the time. I appreciate your comments and I am going to try to do atleast 30 min 4 -5 times a week. I originally put down 40 mins...but that only went on for the first few day.

G682133

1/8/2010 8:48:18 AM

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I hate a trendmill but use one when it's too cold outside to walk. I much rather be outdoors walking than inside on a trendmill.I've just started using my treadmill again and I watch TV while I walk..time seems to go by faster that way. I try to walk a mile everyday.

HALLELUL

11/25/2009 6:43:59 PM

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This is an IMPORTANT article. I hadn't used a tread mill in a while and on vacation last month I checked out the hotels tread mill. Let's just say I wish I'd read these instructions before getting on. I made some classic mistake and boy did I feel them later.

DONNELDA22

11/25/2009 6:36:14 AM

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I have had a gym membership for sometime and find the treadmill a great way to get exercise especially in the winter. Last week end I purchased a treadmill so I can begin to set up my own mini gym at home and do away with the gym membership. Looking forward to putting it to gether this weekend.

DEEPGREENBEAN

11/11/2009 3:22:32 PM

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I like treadmills because they seem much easier on the joints that walking or running outside. Being inside also helps you feel safer so it becomes very meditative way to relax and exercise.

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