Exercise! - Is the treadmill your best ally? I bought myself one!

01-06-2014, 05:31 AM
It's a Spirit treadmill. I made the vow to walk on it 1 hr every day come what may. I placed it right by my bed to make it really present in my life. I hope I'll keep it for life time and keep my walking/running habits for the rest of my life.
The best gym for me is quite at the distance and I'm not on wheels so it's making my life quite simple. I'm saving big on transport time and money.
Plus...I'm totally at ease to train in scanty outfit in the privacy of my home, which for me is a luxury, given the chubby body I have.
Also where I live, fat people don't normally run by the road side so it feels quite uncomfortable doing that.
So I looove my treadmill. It's my buddy on this ultimate weight loss journey. Do you have a home TM? How has it helped you to stay committed?
I'll be glad to receive tips and walking interval workouts.

01-06-2014, 06:19 AM
I have a home eliptical. I used to go to the gym, even though it was 8 minutes away, but now I just head down to the basement and workout on it. Quicker and no excuses if it is raining. It has helped a LOT on my journey towards thinness and giving me better cardio health.

01-06-2014, 12:10 PM
I have a treadmill. I get bored on it. But to keep it interesting, I use an mp3 with Cardio Coach (http://www.amazon.com/Cardio-Coach-Fitness-Music-Exercise-OMalleys/dp/B00005Y4PE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389024228&sr=8-1&keywords=cardio+coach) loaded on it. It's a good guided HIIT workout and I've been using it for years.

01-06-2014, 12:23 PM
A home treadmill has been our best fitness purchase. I bought my first one about 13 years ago. About 5-6 years ago we had to replace it which seems reasonable to me. It can be loud to try to listen to TV while walking/running on it. So I suggest getting one of those thingies that will transmit the TV audio to a radio frequency so you can listen to the TV through headphones. But that may not be a concern for you.

Suzanne 3FC
01-06-2014, 03:25 PM
Congrats on a great gift for yourself! I love my treadmill and walk on it a minimum of an hour a day, every day. I have an mp3 player of favorite (fast) songs that I think help pass the time quicker and I only listen to it when I'm on the treadmill, so it's something to look forward to. I often find myself wanting to walk 'just one more song' :) I also have an elliptical and I use it, but for some reason I prefer the treadmill. I use both since they seem to target slightly different muscles.

I think it absolutely helps keep me on track. I exercise in the mornings, so it helps set the tone for the rest of the day.

01-06-2014, 03:37 PM
Lucky you!!! I have an elliptical and would like to get an treadmill one day (I'll have to figure out where to put it first, lol.) Enjoy your new gift to yourself!

I hear ya on working out at home and to having to worry about what you're wearing. Love that!

Silver Snow
01-06-2014, 03:53 PM
I'm moving in a few months and fully intend to get a home treadmill. I used to have an elliptical but it served as little more than an expensive coat hanger. I used it once in awhile but I much prefer a treadmill.

01-06-2014, 03:59 PM
I think I would like one but prefer to run outside or on a treadmill at the gym.

I run better with others around me. It's less boring. And sometimes you can compete with friends.

A big plus with having a home treadmill, however, is temperature control. One of the gyms I run at always runs a little hot and that really affects my speed.

Keep your home cool and run faster!

My advice is to use that treadmill every day or 6 out of 7 days.

I just started to run. I was too impatient for the walking. My first run at 220lbs was half a mile. I was a mess. I now run 6.22 miles a day.

Just keep running the same distance for some time until it gets easier. Once you find it easier you can either try to run it faster or run slower but further.

I normally try to run faster, first, and then slow down to run longer. I then make that longer distance my new daily normal.

01-06-2014, 04:48 PM
I love my treadmilll and also hate it! I prefer to run outside, but when it's 10 degrees with wind and snow, I'm on the treadmill.

My dogs also run on it, so it's good exercise for them.

I am the exact opposite of Ian. I CRANK the heat in our workout room. I'm dripping with sweat by the end, but more calories burned!!

Mrs Snark
01-08-2014, 05:58 PM
I love my treadmill. Love it. Love. Love. Love.

I've had great results using mine, wouldn't trade it for the world. No matter the weather, no matter the hour, the treadmill is there for me. I have mine set up in front of a TV and am working my way through various tv shows on Netflix. Usually for my last half mile I switch to Pandora and crank the rock music for a strong finish.

Oh, and I wouldn't be caught dead outside in what I wear on my treadmill. MAJOR benefit, lol!

Did I mention that I loooooove my treadmill? :)

01-08-2014, 07:19 PM
Hey! I just bought a treadmill, and it was delivered today. I'm about to do my 1st work-out. My goal is a minimum of 30 min./day every day. I'll work up to an hour. Wanna be treadmill buddies? We could hold each other accountable for utilizing our expensive new toy, lol.

01-10-2014, 03:08 PM
I sure would like to have a TM buddy for accountability! Let's start a new thread in exercise for more fun.

Velvet bean
01-10-2014, 04:29 PM
A while ago I used the TM a lot at the gym and I loved it mainly because it had a TV screen and headphones. If I had it at home, I imagine I would run ALL the time while watching all my favourite TV series! :D

I hope someday I make enough money to buy it and be your TM buddy. ;)

01-10-2014, 10:00 PM
One of the best purchases I have ever made, and certainly the most healthy. I love mine. When I couldn't run after my car accident in June, I would crank the incline on mine and do uphill walking. That works great to get the heart rate up.

01-10-2014, 11:15 PM
I loved my TM until my kids broke it, it was very old, my parents had it since I was in elem, so it was about time for it to go. I would get the kids to school eat breakfast then get on it for 30 min's everyday. But since the weather got cold out and I started work, I haven't walked at all, so I gained all the weight I lost back, so now i'm trying to find something else to take the place of it til it gets warm out again.

01-11-2014, 05:59 AM
I spent money a few months ago getting a decent treadmill and I don't regret it. It means I it doesn't matter how I dress when I exercise, I don't get sunburnt and I really do prefer exercising in private. I use my treadmill for walking as I think it would be too hard on my knees to run (maybe when I'm thinner). I like listening to music when I exercise more so than watching something on a tv. I tried watching tv while exercising and I didn't like it.

01-16-2014, 03:58 PM
I sure would like to have a TM buddy for accountability! Let's start a new thread in exercise for more fun.

I didn't see the new thread?

01-17-2014, 03:28 AM
I've had a treadmill for about 7/8 years now. I don't use it much, it's an older machine and doesn't do incline or anything like that but I try to get on it weekly still. It could be because it's in the dark, gloomy basement, but I prefer walking outside/around the house most of the time. I hope you are enjoying your new treadmill though!

01-18-2014, 12:35 PM
I didn't see the new thread?

Hi JellyBelly!
Sorry, I was away for a short while. Here you have it...see you there!!!
The title is two girls and their new treadmills. Can't insert the link because my post count is too low for now.

01-18-2014, 08:55 PM
I've been noticing back problems that coincide with my running. I LOVE running outside and bought adidas Boost shoes that running mags say have about the best cushioning around.

I thought treadmills were beyond us in price. But we went through Sears today to another store. On way back I looked at them. Probably going to get an 'entry' level one that is still major bucks.

I am also tempted to buy a yearly maintenance plan. It comes out to $60 bucks a year and they do the yearly maintenance stuff. Reading on the Internet it seems a good idea.

It is the Nordic Track C700. With a coupon it will be $750. It has iFit.

My wife is running now also. Between our joints and knees and Texas heat we feel this is a nice and justified health 'treat' for us.

01-18-2014, 09:37 PM
I have a home treadmill and we really love it. I like walking outside when I can. I live in an area which is a little hilly so I think I could a better workout walking outside (the treadmill has an incline but it's not the same). But it gets way too hot here in the summer so last summer I gained 10 pounds after it was too hot to walk outside! So, we bought the treadmill and it has been great for when the weather won't cooperate. We have it set up in the bedroom so we can walk and watch TV.

01-18-2014, 09:46 PM
Really, that do that. It will be one of the greatest gifts you'd give yourselves! Just make sure you get one on which you'd love to get on often.

01-18-2014, 09:48 PM
koshka, I got it set up by my bed too!

01-20-2014, 06:29 PM
I bought a really good treadmill several years ago off of Craigslist, and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. In fact, I consider it a necessity, and if it were to break, I would get another one pronto! What makes it so valuable to me is that my husband made me a homemade "tread desk" (watch this YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmR6mB772zM)). I do a lot of computer work at home, and I'm a naturally fast walker, so I cover at least three miles a day on my tread desk, and the best thing about it is that I get work done in the process of burning calories. I still go to the gym 5-6 days a week because I attend a CrossFit class that I love, but the extra calorie burn from my treadmill allows me to eat 2000-2200 calories a day and still maintain my weight (for more than two years now).

So, despite the fact that people often joke about buying a treadmill and using it to hang clothes on, I have gotten much more than my money's worth from mine.

02-11-2014, 12:36 PM
wow lin43. That great!!! Mine has been collecting dust for 2 weeks though. Bad times and logistics problems. But I'm keeping up with my diet anyway. Feeling fly!!! go treadmillers!!!

02-11-2014, 01:32 PM
I love love love my treadmill!
I miss it terribly when I'm away from home because it's difficult for me to stay active without it.
Currently, I'm on it everyday.
A little while back I used a trick someone suggested. I put my workout gear on and get on the treadmill every day. That's the minimum expectation I ave for myself. If I feel like running, I will. If not, I'll get off. Of course, you always feel obliged too ;) it always works for me.
Anyway, I have it sitting in the middle of the kitchen. -
Always staring at me so I have to get on it. Even if just to walk.

02-11-2014, 01:37 PM
That great! I'll be moving mine from the hall to the bedroom soon. And get back on it!!

02-11-2014, 07:29 PM
If you have a smartphone, you could try downloading the 5k runner app too (if your are interested in running). It help me make the jump from walking to running because it increases the intensity every few days.

02-18-2014, 10:16 AM
If you have a smartphone, you could try downloading the 5k runner app too (if your are interested in running). It help me make the jump from walking to running because it increases the intensity every few days.

I don't have any smartphone. I'm still resisting the urge to buy them :^:. Good idea though!