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Getting on the Treadmill

5 Tips for Beginners

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  • What kind of treadmill does everyone have? I am looking to purchase a new one.
  • While I worked at the hospital I had access to a treadmill and really enjoyed it. It was safe and always the same temperature even with a foot of snow outside. When I left there, I was disappointed that I couldn't use it anymore. I just borrowed one from a family member and really enjoy it. It gives me the option of walking for 10-15 minutes whenever I have a few extra minutes. I still walk outside with my Spark Buddy but the treadmill is always free for me to use anytime with no waiting.
  • I,m totally new to SP and it is so much info I.m overwhelmed, but excited. I have a treadmill also that is collecting dust. I am now motivated to get back on my treadmill. I,m trying to get back on the wagon. I really appreciated all the words of encouragement and inspirational tips. THANKS!
  • I too have a treadmill. Living in western Oregon where we have a LOT of too rainy days to walk outside, it is a no brainer way to get my walk in regardless of the weather. I try for 5 days a week. I walk longer when I'm outside, but it's on flat sidewalk surface, whereas on the treadmill I use the various inclines and programs, but for a shorter period of time. I think it is two workouts with different benefits, so I'm thinking that the alternating them is good.
  • Thanks for all of the great comments. I have had a gym membership for a couple of years but only go about one a month. Like that's going to help !!! You all have inspired me to get back to the gym if only to get on the treadmill but it will be a start. They had a news report on our local channel this morning about a woman who lost 50 lbs in 6 months by walking on her treadmill for a minimum of 10,000 steps a day and cutting her calories by 25%. We can do this !!!!
  • i too just got my first treadmill about a month ago. reading the many different ways that everyone goes at their own routine helps to make it easier to learn to walk on one. you might think that its open box and start walking but its not that simple! you have made it an easier transition from no way to know how...Thank you
  • ERNIE111
    I have bought an electric treadmill but find it is very hard on my knees (have arthritus in both knees) is treadmill good to use if you have this problem..also am buying a bike for indoor use ,both of them bother my legs ,my question is are they ok to keep using .
  • ARMIDA1951
    I too joined gym and use the tread mill and feel so much better .Have more energy for
    rest of the day. Don't give up .
  • I joined a gym this week. I increased my workout from 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours for 4-5 times week. I hope it will help me lose weight. Between the meal tracker and fitness tracker. I am wishing the weight will start to come off.
  • I have a treadmill I rarely use...but I want to start using it on a regular basis. I'm just beginning and find 1/4 mile a challenge. My initial goal is to do a mile.
  • CINJDY
    I feel so much better after i use my treadmill I have more energy
  • This is a great article. I have been using the treadmill for about 2-months now. I 've seen alot of results. I'm going to keep it moving though....I'm not going to quit. I'll increase my miles to at least 2..4-5 times a week. Also its great to see people actually do better in the evening with the treadmill. Mornings are not good for me...It just to inconvenient for my mind! Grea Article!
  • KLEWIS0906
    Great article! After considering the purchase for a couple years, I finally got my treadmill a couple weeks ago. I love it! Its so convenient. I don't need a workout partner. I don't have to depend on someone else to meet me at the gym. I come home, relax for a minute, change my clothes, then its off to the races. The preprogrammed workouts are the best. I cancelled my gym membership. I figure the 29,99 I was paying per month would eventually pay for my treadmill within a year.
  • WANNALOSEIT39
    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!

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