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Getting on the Treadmill
5 Tips for Beginners
11/18/2008 11:32:18 AM
I have a treadmill and I love it. I start off by streching for about 3 mins. and then I begin to walk first at 2.5mph and 1.5 incline. After about 15 minutes I increase the speed to 3.3mph. and depending on how I feel I will jog a little. I usually watch TV and stay on the treadmill for at least 45 minutes 5 times a week. It has helped me lose 15lbs. in 3 weeks.
I LOVE THE TREADMILL! It is by far my favorite form of exercise. I have been using it four times a week for the last 2 weeks and already I notice an improvement in how long I can use it for and at the speed I walk at. It's doing wonderful things for my health. I started out just walking 20 minutes a day, and now i can walk 45 no problem, and feel my self begging for me. My speed has improved and my back and leg muscles are already getting stronger. I love it. I blast my music and power through my 2 mile (i am working on more) walk!
I do use a treadmill, but understand how they can freak someone out. I don't feel confident enough in my balance to be able to walk without holding on...usually sides or front. It provides a great workout, and if the machine is good enough, you can vary your routine greatly. Plus it's one of the easier things to learn how to do ... I still haven't figured out eliptical machines!
Great article. I especially liked that you pointed out increasing the speed to a suggested level "if appropriate". I just completed cardiac rehab and found out I was trying to walk at too high a rate. My exercise "prescription" is to warm up at 2 mph and increase to 2.5 mph for the cardio portion. 2.5 mph is usually reccommended as a warmup speed. I found out I was trying to go at too fast a pace for my cardiac status - no wonder I would get chest pain. Now that I know my best pace, I can walk for 30 minutes or longer.
I use my treadmill in the evening while I'm watching political news shows and yelling at the TV. The adrenalin rush from getting angry over the idiotic things the political pundunts say, is the fuel I need to get me through an hour on the treadmill.
Wonderful article!! I have been on mine for a month now and have seen tremendous results in the length of time I can spend on it every time I use it....I just turn the T.V. on and off I go for as long as the "show of interest" is playing!! Thanks!
6/16/2008 9:28:48 AM
i love the treadmill in the morning. However i still have to get myself used to it as there are days i am just not in the mood and prefer doing aerobics proper. but i have discovered that it really takes the pounds of ...I intend to keep at it
5/29/2008 11:09:06 AM
Great article! When I started on the treadmill, I found it so boring! Music didn't even seem to help. I decided to set up a tv in front of it ... the minutes just seem to melt away. I enjoy it and even look forward to it now.
Great article! I was using the treadmill for my cardio, but my legs and knees would get very stiff and the muscles tightened up rock solid. I tried stretching before and after. Sometimes the pain would be unbearable I had to stop. I could hardly step down off the treadmill because the pain in my knee hurt to bend it. When I would stretch in the middle of the walk - it would help me get through the 30 minues. Now I am only working out in the pool for 50-90 minutes 3-4 days a week. I can get a good work out , and I don't have the problem with the stiffness and tight muscles while performing my routines. I still get the stiffness and tight muscles, but it's not until I get out of the pool. My doctor is testing me for arthritis and lupus, but my overall health is very good.
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