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Old 04-30-2011, 05:23 PM   #1
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After weeks - months! of going back and forth on what to buy I finally bit the bullet. I have a mini elliptical that I use 3x per week because getting outside to walk hasn't been happening (single mom, so my 7yo son has to come with me or I don't go). I had the $ and the space, it was just analysis paralysis. It's being delivered on Mothers Day (I got the NordicTrack T8.0 at Sears)

Any tips/tricks/suggestions for getting started? When I first started walking outside a few months ago, I attempted C25K but it was too much for me at zero fitness level. I may try that again.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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Great move, Juliana!! You'll really enjoy it, I think. Don't worry if, after a while, your use ebbs and flows - i stressed when I skipped a month when it was good weather and I was outside more, then was back on it and never regret the $ spent! I like that I can walk before it's light in the morning and be safe.

Just start working on building up how far you can go. Don't worry about incline/speed any of that yet. When you can walk for longer periods of time, then speed it up, then work with the incline.

Congrats - a great healthy Happy Mother's day to you!
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:07 PM   #3
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Awesome!! I agree with national...just start building up to where you feel comfortable. Don't rush into anything b/c you don't want to get injured, that's for sure!
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:45 PM   #4
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When I first got my treadmill I just got on and walked trying out the different features. There are so many programs built into the newer models that there's a program to fit many abilities. In the end, I just usually create a playlist of my own music, use cardio coach or listen to a jillian podcast. There was a learning curve with walking on the bed. It took me a while to comfortably walk without holding on for fear of falling.

Have fun with your new fitness toy!

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:58 AM   #5
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Thank you it was a little scary trying them out at the store, felt like I was going to fall off! I will definitely start out slower. I had debated between the treadmill and a full sized elliptical, but decided on the tm because it gives me more variety. From what I have read, impact is actually good for your bones/joints (as long as you don't overdo and injure yourself of course).
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congrats!!!
justplay around with it. i have one and i dont think i know how to use it properly. i just run on it and change the speed up and down.. lol. but i am also technologically challenge.. hehe

i like a treadmill because the numbers push me! i make goals for myself as i run. i also enjoy interval running on the treadmill.
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I love using these workouts for the treadmill. The coach (Sean O'Malley) is extremely motivating and makes the time fly by:

http://www.cardiocoach.com/index.php

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Jealous! I have an almost 3 old son, can't run outside waah.
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Arainwen, actually I've noticed that a lot of single child jogging strollers have weight capacities up to 50, 70, even 100 lbs. Craigslist has used ones at a fraction of the price too.
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Jealous! I have an almost 3 old son, can't run outside waah.
Get a jogging stroller and throw him in it! I bought one on craig's list for $25. My son loves it!
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After weeks - months! of going back and forth on what to buy I finally bit the bullet. I have a mini elliptical that I use 3x per week because getting outside to walk hasn't been happening (single mom, so my 7yo son has to come with me or I don't go). I had the $ and the space, it was just analysis paralysis. It's being delivered on Mothers Day (I got the NordicTrack T8.0 at Sears)

Any tips/tricks/suggestions for getting started? When I first started walking outside a few months ago, I attempted C25K but it was too much for me at zero fitness level. I may try that again.
I love having a TM. I started off with a sort of modified c25k. I would do intervals - one min. fast, one min. slow. Then I would work up to two mins fast, one min slow. 'fast' was 4.6 mph when I started. The I gradually worked up to 5 mph. The c25k program was too fast for me. I had to go s l o w e r.

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