Weather is often another deciding factor as to whether or not you get your work out in. When you own a treadmill though, you can exercise as often as you like in no matter what may be happening out of doors.
Many of us often have the best of intentions when it comes to going to the gym. However, after a long day, finding the motivation to leave the house is not always easy.
Not to mention the fact that gym memberships are not cheap and if you do go, you often have to stand around waiting for your turn on a machine.
Instead of becoming discouraged and giving up on the idea of working out, consider purchasing a treadmill that will give you a great exercise regimen without forcing you to leave your house.
The #1 fear that people have when investing in a home treadmill (or any piece of exercise equipment) is that they won’t use it. You know the story. It gets delivered, you set it up and enjoy it for a few days…and then it sits…and waits.
A few months down the road, you notice how dusty it has become and how much space it’s taking up. And you remember how much weight you were determined to lose by using it faithfully every day. But now, unfortunately, it doubles as a clothes rack.
Never fear. This article will help you make sure that DOESN’T happen.
A treadmill provides the best overall cardiovascular workout & it’s still the number one exercise machine for those who want to lose weight. So it’s an investment in your health that will pay large dividends…if you are prepared to get the maximum benefit from it!
Here are 5 easy ways to get the BEST use from your home treadmill:
Do your research first: Make sure you look at what each treadmill offers you and compare it to your unique needs.
For example, if you live in a condo and/or like things neat and clean, a folding treadmill might suit you best. If you want a folding treadmill, do you prefer a manual folding treadmill (like most folding treadmills) or do you want a shock-assisted folding treadmill with wheels on the bottom that’s easy to move?
If you like to drink water during your workout, make sure there’s a water bottle holder included in the treadmill console (it might surprise you how many treadmills do not have this feature.)
Do you get bored easily and need a challenge? What about getting a treadmill with lots of user programs or one that is iFit compatible?
These things may seem little and maybe it might cost you a bit more; but if it means you’re actually going to enjoy your workout it will be well worth it!
Place the treadmill in a ‘happy’ spot: By ‘happy’ I mean well-lit, open and stimulating. Don’t put it so you face the bare wall when you walk or run. I’ve tried this this and the workouts don’t last long! If you get bored easily, put it facing the television or facing a window where you can have an attractive view while working out.
Rooms and spaces have definite ‘feels’ to them and that will affect the success of your workouts. Make sure your treadmill is placed in an area that makes you feel energized, happy and mentally stimulated.
Get your exercise arsenal ready BEFORE the treadmill arrives: Do you like listening to fast music when you exercise? Do you like watching your favorite movies? What about reading magazines? What inspires you to work out and feel your best?
Get these things ready even before your treadmill arrives and you’ll be three-quarters of the way there. Have several workout or favorite CD’s around. Get your favorite movies or shows on tape. Gather your favorite magazines.
By having an ‘exercise’ stash around your treadmill, you’ll be inspired to workout AND you won’t be stuck running around looking for something to do when you want to start exercising.
Again, this may seem simple, but it works. Why do you think gyms have magazines, televisions and CD players handy?
Make an exercise plan: Before you start working out, try making a plan, a “roadmap to your rock-hard body” so to speak. By writing down how long and what kind of workout you’ll be doing in week 1, 2, 3, 4 etc, you’ll get yourself psyched up for success.
Remember that every time you workout, you are planting the seeds for the kind of dream body that you want. ll be motivated to achieve your health goals (and get maximum benefits from your treadmill!)
Track your progress: Ok this is related to #4 but it’s more of an ongoing thing. By tracking your progress every day, you get a major sense of accomplishment which snowballs into even greater fat-burning results.
Home treadmills give you the ability to walk and exercise even if the rain is pouring down outside your door. A treadmill will also let you set your own pace and to choose what intensity you can handle. Never think that you will become bored with a workout routine that is ‘just’ walking. A treadmill workout can involve your whole body. When you swing your arms, your heart will increase which also encourages you to burn more fat.
Home treadmills are also very cost effective machines. For a relatively small amount of money, you can work out well whenever the mood strikes you. That is often cheaper than a yearly membership at your local gym. If you are so inclined, you can even multitask while you are on your treadmill. Start your laundry for example and walk while you wait for the load to be done. You can even entertain yourself by reading, listening to music or watching television while you work out.