Feb 24, 2011 9:38pm

ladybugcutie ladybugcutie
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I feel like I have no control over the speed like I do on the elipical machine. Does anyone else feel this way? Is there anyway that I can change the way I feel about the treadmil?

Feb 25, 2011 2:52am

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i love the treadmill, even more than runnign outside. i never would have approached running if i hadnt first built up stamina and muscle strength by first using an elliptical, if youre interested in running its a good way to ease into the motion and prepare the muscle groups.

Feb 25, 2011 10:02am

epr79 epr79
20 posts

I Ran 100 Miles!

I also used a treadmill to get on track a couple of years back. I had laid off quite a bit and was starting back up during the winter. The plus to the treadmill is that you are not fighting the weather. as far as how you feel about the treadmill, realize it is just a tool. For example, i will at times us one for speed work. I can set the speed I want then i am forced to stay at a consistent pace. it does a couple of things. 1) it keeps me from cheating on my speed work. 2) it is a reality check on the pace i pick. if I can’t maintain the pace or do all of the repeats I am suppose to do at that pace, then it is too fast.

All that being said, i would rather run outside in a driving rain storm, than do a long run on a treadmill. Give me the great outdoors.

Feb 25, 2011 10:27am

allenel3 allenel3
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I actually love my treadmill. Buying a treadmill really upped my motivation to get back in shape. Having a treadmill right in your house gives you no excuses. Also, I don’t have the patience or attention span yet for long runs, but on the treadmill I can do intervals that I read about in fitness magazines. The time goes by so fast, I’m able to challenge myself more, and at the end I look at the distance and I’m like, “Oh, sweet, 3.25 miles!”

Feb 25, 2011 10:34am

icebox326 icebox326
61 posts

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I wish I had a treadmill. I love doing my cardio on the treadmill, but sometimes cannot make it to the gym because of the weather. Does anyone know where I can find a good deal on a treadmill? If I could get my own treadmill and some weights I would have it made.

Feb 25, 2011 10:52am

BigFatFattie BigFatFattie
17 posts

DharmaInitiative, you a Lost fan? I love running on the treadmill, definitely better than running in the winter her in WNY.
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Feb 25, 2011 3:13pm

ThriveFit ThriveFit
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Just a question/thought. If you don’t like the treadmill, why are you making yourself do it? There are plenty of other options for indoor cardio. While it is important to challenge ourselves and try new things, if you force yourself to keep doing something you don’t like it probably won’t stick.


Feb 25, 2011 8:57pm

TamTamBush TamTamBush
1 post

I find that theres not one wide enough for me to be compfortable on. It sounds crazy but I dont walk straight because of back problems and although I like the idea of getting miles in on one, I usually only warm up on one before turning to the weight machines.

Feb 26, 2011 10:19am

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I don’t run, but walk with a partner. I absolutely love to walk outside, even in the very cold (not the rain, though). But the treadmill at the gym has been abit of a lifesaver (in terms of keeping up some cardio movement) since we’ve had so much snow this year (and people can be very slow about removing it from sidewalks). And I have been taking workout clothes on business trips so I can get on the treadmill at hotels. I don’t much like it, though — it makes me feel like a hamster. I do try to push myself on the treadmill by upping various settings to see what I can do and spend the 45 mins to an hour listening to a podcast.

Feb 27, 2011 4:55pm

SoyLatte SoyLatte
20 posts

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I have never been one for running but I gave it a try. It didn’t amaze me. If your not getting motivated to use it then don’t do it. Try the elliptical, cross-trainers or stationary bike. I found that I can go for miles on the bike and really get myself going on it in ways I couldn’t on the treadmill. You’re not alone in your dislike for it. Now you just need to find the right cardio machine for you.

Feb 28, 2011 3:33am

clary0975 clary0975
1 post

I think you have to control yourself first. Then motivate yourself with the advantages you’ll get from using the machine.

Feb 28, 2011 10:52am

lundberg74 lundberg74
1 post

hate the treadmill. if i am going to to cardio for 20-30 minutes, i just ride the stationary bike. can burn 300-450 calories in the same time it would take to burn about 150 or so on the treadmill. double the calories plus less stress on your body. win win

Feb 28, 2011 7:22pm

epr79 epr79
20 posts

I Ran 100 Miles!

Sorry but got to question the calorie burn calculation. are you going off the calorie counter on the stationary bike? those are notoriously inconsistent. plus you didn’t factor in the pain in your back side from the seat on the stupid things. especially the spin bikes

Mar 1, 2011 9:30am

ankehein ankehein
4 posts

I dislike the treadmill, too. Running outside is so much nicer and makes time go by much faster. However, the treadmill is still a nice alternative for really bad weather. I also like it for running at higher speeds and up my stamina. Outside I am always afraid that I might trip or run into someone if I go too fast (I have a history with this…) Another option for me is always swimming or biking. Indoors, rowing is also a nice form of exercise and very effective…

Mar 1, 2011 2:04pm

oliver_k oliver_k
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while it is obviously a very personal choice of what cardio gear you use, the treadmill has some advantages especially when starting with running.

One is that you can have an ever constant training environment, something that is crucial when you want to track your progress more exact.

The cushioning of the treadmill also is easier on your joints – but of course that implies that once you make the step to “real” outdoor running you need to slow down a little and give your body a week or two to adapt to the new ground conditions (would you say that in english “ground conditions”? I don’t think so, please correct a german guy :-) )

Other than that: If the weather conditions are too extreme and unsteady (too hot, too cold, too icy) the treadmill is of course an alternative to doing nothing at all.

A disadvantage is that you prevent your body being cooled by wind, so you heat up more on the treadmill, having possible negative effects on your metabolic endurance.

My 2 cents,


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Mar 1, 2011 7:05pm

xcasxsiex xcasxsiex
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it has a purpose, but i dont like it. i just put my headphones on and dont allow myself to clock watch until 3 songs have passed. i can never make it longer than 40 min MAX and sometimes only 20. i made it 30 today but only by bargaining with myself that i could end my workout if i just did 30 min, lol

Mar 2, 2011 3:25pm

cachapa cachapa
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I hate it.

I love jogging, but if I the weather’s horrible and I must exercise indoors, I’ll take the exercise bike. I figure it’s less efficient at burning the calories than the treadmill, but at least I can read a book to pass the time (I like the reclined ones).

I always feel unsafe on the treadmill, as if I’m one misstep from falling down hard, and somehow it’s a bit boring without the scenery going by.

Mar 3, 2011 6:23am

pathole1162 pathole1162
6 posts

Jogging would be very natural if you want to run. You had the control of fast in a moment and slow down after. My point is you’re not forced unlike treadmill, you have the control set and that’s it. You have to run as how the machine was being set. And it’s good to run in an open atmosphere.

Mar 4, 2011 10:18am

abeight abeight
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I also hate the treadmill. I prefer to run on a track or outdoors if the weather is nice. I avoid the treadmill at all costs. If I have to use a machine I’d rather use the elliptical.

Mar 6, 2011 7:26pm

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I guess I’d be the only person who actually prefers the treadmill LOL. I love the fact that I can track how far/how long I’ve been running… I also love that I can keep a consistant speed and know when I need to increase the speed (when the run gets “easy” I increase my speed)…. IDK…I prefer it. I rather not deal with the weather issues (whether hot OR cold)… I just zone out to music and run. I usually run for a 45 mins- 1 hour

Mar 6, 2011 10:21pm

TheHoneyBadger TheHoneyBadger
3 posts

I hate the treadmill. And tracks. All my running (since I moved to New York) has been in Central Park and the change of scenery gets me through those long and intense runs. The feeling of running in place or “haven’t I seen that spot…6 laps ago?” makes me focus on how much running I’ve actually done.

(Un)Fortunately, the Army has me running in all weather, at 7AM. Just last week I looked up at the giant CNN billboard and realized I had been running in shorts and a t-shirt in 25 degree weather. I don’t even feel it anymore.

Jun 30, 2011 10:42am

FatLossExpert FatLossExpert
18 posts

Sometimes I feel that Im running differently to how I would if i was running normalley outside, consequently different muscles seem to ache and hurt after, does anyone else have this porblem?

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Jul 2, 2011 9:09pm

lingo10 lingo10
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The treadmill does get on my nerves sometimes. I can only do 10 minutes on it then move on to my other workouts.

Jul 5, 2011 12:27pm

jjensen0110 jjensen0110
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I’ve never been a big runner. I really hate the treadmill, unfortunately its the best “bang for the buck” for increasing cardio endurance. Whenever possible I run outside.

Jul 5, 2011 1:42pm

lbjwes6 lbjwes6
12 posts

I used to hate running til about a year ago but ever since i had my Sole treadmill it has been much better. So I am a treadmill lover. Especially sole it has been great. I have the Sole F80. www.soletreadmills.com

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