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Getting on the Treadmill

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  • 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
  • I have a treadmill that I just got at home because the one at the gym would stop on me after 3 or 4 minutes. And it only did it to me. What am I doing wrong? Also I feel the belt slip under my right foot every now and then. So anyway I bought one for home and the same thing happens the belt slips, but it hasn't stopped on me yet. I am almost scared of the treadmill now because of the stopping and when it stops you stop, a quick jolt and your back is out of whack. Can anyone tell me am I walking wrong? I don't do anything different than what I normally do.
    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!

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