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Do you use a treadmill? If so how does your routine go? Speed ? Incline? variable program which changes?

Do you walk, walk fast, jog, or run or all of the above?

Do you use a heart rate monitor to stay in a zone of training etc. ?

Do you use your own personal treadmill or one at a gym etc.?

How often do you use a treadmill?

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I've never used a treadmill for more than a few minutes: I just don't like them. But I have done serious running, which is mainly the same thing.

If you're trying to burn fat, you're better off with weight training. If you're trying to improve your cardio, then running is a pretty good way to do that, but you need to mix speeds. Using the incline feature is only good if you don't hold on to the support bars. Anyway, the best way to boost your cardio on a treadmill is to pick a program that has a mix of sprint and slow jog. You may, however, want to start off with simpler programs until you gain confidence.
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I hate treadmills.
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I gave up smoking on August 20th, so thats what 15 weeks, and my attempts at cycling to work every day were thwarted by ridiculous amounts of rain in the summer... and I have to say it, for the first time in my life, im a slightly fat bastard and have gone on a diet!

I would never have thought it possible. I was always underweight my entire life, and could eat whatever! However something obviously changes when you get to 30!

so I got myself an exercise bike last weekend, and a small set of weights, and as I have a spare room, i might suppliment this with a rower or even a small multigymn.

But its so boring! Fortunately I can stream in some comedy from iPlayer, or Project Free.

It seems to me to be a waste to convert all my energy into heat though, I have been looking around the net, for a way to convert this into 12v, as I just picked up a 120w inverter for my car to power my laptop for when I go on my expedition. This looks quite cool! Definately one to pick up.

http://www.ecotopia.co.uk/product/9/...s-gazelle.html

What suprises me is just how much exercise you need to do to remove the weight, for instance, it takes me about 5 minutes of vigorous cycling just to remove the calorie intake from a single chocolate digestive biscuit!. No more of those im afraid!
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I think I gained 15 pounds the day I turned 30.
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post #6 of 38
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Glad to see some of you trying to stay in shape no matter how!

In my case once our son was born the gym was not a place we continued to carve time out for. It is just not as practical to drive to the gym and carve out an entire 45 to an hour for a work out when you have a little one around. It is doable but just not the least bit convenient. We now have a treadmill, a rebounder and free weights. We can do what we can and or need in 10 min increments at a time if needed. No need to drive anywhere or have to find child care etc.

I had let myself get a bit too sedentary for my taste and that has all changed and boy I can report improvement already with the program I am doing.

Diet is also key.

I hope to continue to hear the ways you all work out and eat right etc. If you don't YOU NEED TO!

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post #7 of 38
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What suprises me is just how much exercise you need to do to remove the weight, for instance, it takes me about 5 minutes of vigorous cycling just to remove the calorie intake from a single chocolate digestive biscuit!. No more of those im afraid!

That's very true. I watched a Nova episode where they trained a bunch of amateurs for the Boston Marathon. They actually did well, increased their VO2 performance and general health but ... didn't lose a lot of weight. You don't burn that many calories working out compared to what you can eat in a day. I lost 40 pounds since last January and it was focusing on ... not eating so much. I tuned my diet around, didn't concern (guilt) myself with working out and reduced my food intake a lot.

Now I just have to keep it up for the next 60 years
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That's very true. I watched a Nova episode where they trained a bunch of amateurs for the Boston Marathon. They actually did well, increased their VO2 performance and general health but ... didn't lose a lot of weight. You don't burn that many calories working out compared to what you can eat in a day. I lost 40 pounds since last January and it was focusing on ... not eating so much. I tuned my diet around, didn't concern (guilt) myself with working out and reduced my food intake a lot.

Now I just have to keep it up for the next 60 years

It all depends on the person. For me it's just the opposite. If I'm not getting at least 45 minutes a day of exercise, it is impossible for me to loose weight because I'd have to decrease my food intake to the point that I had a headache all the time. Both are critical for me when I've lost weight.

Similarly, if I am getting 45 minutes to an hour of fairly strenuous exercise a day, I can each just about anything I want and not gain anything.

Getting the exercise, normal breakfast and lunch, and a very light dinner that has me going to bed pretty hungry is my formulae for success.
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post #9 of 38
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I tuned my diet around, didn't concern (guilt) myself with working out and reduced my food intake a lot.

Do what you want but I would suggest that your metabolism can be affected by working out despite calories burned during some confined "workout". In the long term your resting metabolism can help to keep you fit if you workout as opposed to being sedentary.

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post #10 of 38
I try to hit the Y about 3-4 times a week. I favor the elliptical trainer for my cardio, because it just feels better to have my arms involved and because I have inherited my mother's dicey knees and they don't like to be pounded.

Then I have a weight training regimen to go with that, alternating upper and lower body.

Except now my goddamn elbows are starting to bother me, so they should probably just shoot me now.
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I try to hit the Y about 3-4 times a week. I favor the elliptical trainer for my cardio, because it just feels better to have my arms involved and because I have inherited my mother's dicey knees and they don't like to be pounded.

Then I have a weight training regimen to go with that, alternating upper and lower body.

I think we are the same person.

Very curious.
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post #12 of 38
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Originally Posted by Fellowship View Post

Do you use a treadmill? If so how does your routine go? Speed ? Incline? variable program which changes?

Do you walk, walk fast, jog, or run or all of the above?

Do you use a heart rate monitor to stay in a zone of training etc. ?

Do you use your own personal treadmill or one at a gym etc.?

How often do you use a treadmill?

You get the picture..

Now REPLY!

Fellows

I am definitely in a minority with my love of treadmills. Treadmills provide a totally controlled running experience - that's what I love. I typically will only use treadmills in a gym - i find the home models to be flimsy.

I'll typically warm up at a light jog, 6 or 7 mph with 0.5 incline and then after about 15 minutes of that I either up the incline to 4 or 5 or I speed up to 8 or 8.5 or even 9 mph. I do that for another 10 or 15 minutes depending on how I'm feeling. Then I cool down with a slow 5 or 5.5mph jog.

So it's basically an intense routine sandwiched by a light routine. It provides a hell of a workout in less than 45 minutes.
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I hate treadmills.

They can be fun, to watch.
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I've tried a treadmill a few times but don't enjoy in the least. I run most days (in any CA weather) and I enjoy running on mountain trails the most, with the scenery of the real world going by, the air in my face, the changing sights and sounds.... The last time I was on a treadmill was when I was staying a couple of days in a hotel in MN in January, with the temperature outside being around 0ºF with a fierce wind and blowing snow... I wasn't going outside for anything! So I set the machine to a 10% gradient and slogged "uphill" for an hour or so. No hazards (such as searing hot air to dehydate you, or getting frostbite on the fingers, or tree-roots to trip over, or rattlesnakes, bears or mountains lions..... but I find the treadmill experience ... boring.
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I've tried a treadmill a few times but don't enjoy in the least. I run most days (in any CA weather) and I enjoy running on mountain trails the most, with the scenery of the real world going by, the air in my face, the changing sights and sounds.... The last time I was on a treadmill was when I was staying a couple of days in a hotel in MN in January, with the temperature outside being around 0ºF with a fierce wind and blowing snow... I wasn't going outside for anything! So I set the machine to a 10% gradient and slogged "uphill" for an hour or so. No hazards (such as searing hot air to dehydate you, or getting frostbite on the fingers, or tree-roots to trip over, or rattlesnakes, bears or mountains lions..... but I find the treadmill experience ... boring.

The "real world" you live in may differ than the "real world" I live in from day to day. What I mean by that is that for me to travel to a lake in my area which has more than 20 miles of trails through the woods would take me about 30-35 mins to drive to and 30-35 mins to drive back from and while I would be there on the trails I would like to be there at least an hour. I used to mountain bike on these trails several years back before having a son and before being married etc.

Another problem with the trails is that they are not lit when the sun sets. Around here it starts to get dark before 6:00pm this time of year. I don't have any desire to be out in the dark on the trails. I do a lot of working out after the sun sets. Thanks to my controlled interior environment.

Today for me to carve out more than 2 hours to do this during the week 3 to 4 to 5 times a week along with the trails not being muddy from rain etc. and for the sun to actually be out is just not a reliable scenario for me to count on.

Sure the treadmill offers no entertainment, no breathtaking views etc. I grant you that and certainly would not argue against this fact.

But,

For day in and day out it is right here in my home and there is no reason I can't step on it to keep my fitness level where I would like to keep it.

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post #16 of 38
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I am definitely in a minority with my love of treadmills. Treadmills provide a totally controlled running experience - that's what I love. I typically will only use treadmills in a gym - i find the home models to be flimsy.

I'll typically warm up at a light jog, 6 or 7 mph with 0.5 incline and then after about 15 minutes of that I either up the incline to 4 or 5 or I speed up to 8 or 8.5 or even 9 mph. I do that for another 10 or 15 minutes depending on how I'm feeling. Then I cool down with a slow 5 or 5.5mph jog.

So it's basically an intense routine sandwiched by a light routine. It provides a hell of a workout in less than 45 minutes.

Cool!

I used to use them at the gym about 5 days a week but no longer am a member at a gym. I found that I spent the most time at the gym using a treadmill. I also did some weight lifting and ab work but overall it was the treadmill that was used more than 70% of the time on average.

I have a treadmill at home now and it is not flimsy like so many are as you note. I have a very heavy machine that will not even fit through most interior door openings. Welded steel frame with 20 by 58 inch running area. It is really close to many of the precor and life fitness treadmills in terms of build and user experience. Not cheap and flimsy like so many of the models you normally see for home use.

Glad to see I am not the only treadmill user.

Keep up the good work!

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post #17 of 38
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Tfor me to travel to a lake in my area which has more than 20 miles of trails through the woods would take me about 30-35 mins to drive to

You should move.
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You should move.

Trouble is, the cultural implications of having too much nature in your back yard. Not s ure if its worth it. And that's coming from someone living in the middle of the mountains.
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Trouble is, the cultural implications of having too much nature in your back yard. Not s ure if its worth it. And that's coming from someone living in the middle of the mountains.

I live on a mountain. I don't mind the occasional moose stuck in my window-well.
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Today, I did a terrible thing.

I just bought a whole bag of freshly prepared salad mix and ate it!

What have I become???
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I live on a mountain. I don't mind the occasional moose stuck in my window-well.

Is that what they're calling the Mormons, these days?
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Is that what they're calling the Mormons, these days?

Heh. You'd actually be surprised how often a moose comes down off the mountain and terrorizes a parade or winds up stuck in a back yard in the burbs.
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Heh. You'd actually be surprised how often a moose comes down off the mountain and terrorizes a parade or winds up stuck in a back yard in the burbs.

I have a new life goal: attend a parade that gets terrorized by a moose.
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I have a new life goal: attend a parade that gets terrorized by a moose.

That actually happened here.
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The "real world" you live in may differ than the "real world" I live in from day to day. What I mean by that is that for me to travel to a lake in my area which has more than 20 miles of trails through the woods would take me about 30-35 mins to drive to and 30-35 mins to drive back from and while I would be there on the trails I would like to be there at least an hour. I used to mountain bike on these trails several years back before having a son and before being married etc.

I hate running on trails. I have always preferred residential roads. The surface is much better and the sights and sounds are typically much more interesting.
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post #26 of 38
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Today, I did a terrible thing.

I just bought a whole bag of freshly prepared salad mix and ate it!

What have I become???

Don't feel bad I have adjusted my diet for the better

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post #27 of 38
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I hate running on trails. I have always preferred residential roads. The surface is much better and the sights and sounds are typically much more interesting.

I have a great paved loop trail only a few mins away from the house. Around it once is about a mile. It goes around a body of water with ducks and etc. Fountain. etc. It is suburban version of outdoors but I go there as often as I can as it is a great place to get out and get in some fresh air while getting in some fitness goodness.

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I hate running on trails. I have always preferred residential roads. The surface is much better and the sights and sounds are typically much more interesting.

I do some of my running on paved roads around the nearby residential areas... but roads have hazards as well, like traffic and dogs. And what is it about some drivers who have a thing about (against?) runners.. and have to yell something or make animal-like ululations, almost always incomprehensible, most probably crude, out the window of their (almost always) pick-up trucks?

Sigh...
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post #29 of 38
I like running, in the open air, with the wind in my

...with the wind on my scalp.

I've just discovered trailrunner and iTrail on the iPhone. Samples your GPS position every few seconds, lets you map your run on google maps, gives you speed graphs, altitude graphs, calories burned...

This morning I ran eight and a half kilometers in about fifty minutes. I like GPS.

Edit: also, I like running through mud, in my red New Balance Cross Country supertrainers.

I ran along the canal, and beside the reservoirs, looking at the swans. I see a big heron and his wife on most days. And some of those beautiful black peahens, or quails, or whatever they are, and a family of giant ducks.

On my seven kilometre route I never see anyone, probably because people don't like running through mud, and the swans can be arseholes.
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This morning I ran eight and a half kilometers in about fifty minutes.

Ugh. I can't run in metric.
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Ugh. I can't run in metric.

You can do more kilometres than you can miles. It's like you're instantly fitter.
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You can do more kilometres than miles. It's like you're instantly fitter.

Hrm. Now that's a thought.... if I *only* ran in metric, I'd feel like I was getting more accomplished.
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You can do more kilometres than you can miles. It's like you're instantly fitter.

Indeed. You're only doing about 10 minute miles there. Time to pick up the pace!
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Indeed. You're only doing about 10 minute miles there. Time to pick up the pace!

Ah yes, but for my age and physical type (I am nearly ninety, and an acondraplasic dwarf with quite advanced Parkinson's Disease), ten minute miles are pretty good.

Besides, I run in metric, and so it's more like SIX MINUTE KILOMETERS, which sounds much better.
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and the swans can be arseholes.

LOL

Cool iphone app!

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post #36 of 38
Who's keeping it up then?

Today, I am going to fix up my bike again so that I can ride to work at the earliest opportunity (ie as long as its not friggin raining). Yesterday, I was wandering around a bike shop, and discovered a set of semi-vintage 7 speed Shimano STi shifters for my bike, (before Shimano MTB parts went all plasticy fisher price and dumb) - the shop didn't seem to know what they had, and let me have them for next to nothing!

Also, its been over seven months since I last puffed on a cigarette, and of my 3 other friends who gave up at roughly the same time - I am winning the battle of will, the rest of them having had moments of weakness!

And I shaved my head, and looked a bit Die Hard for a while (not sure thats relavent) - and 2 of my engineering projects got the green light at work, all systems activate (sic ) - so I know I've got my job for the next 2 years.

So I would just like to say to the recession, "'ave it banky-wanky's" and contemplate my raised middle finger.
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Here it is, nothing outstanding, its a 1994 Univega 6061T6 that was found virtually unised in ex gf's mothers shed a few years ago, which I intended to turn into a hybrid bike one day - the new shifters are now fitted and work sweetly. Next I need some oldschool toe clips...

[edit] off to the right, some lame bloke who thinks giving up smoking still counts if you puff on a few cigars a day instead....
post #38 of 38
If you want to run on it, don't buy a cheap treadmill.

We got one of those $300 treadmills and I started running on it. Within a week, things started falling off of it. Other things started to break--even the deck started to split in half. The $300 treadmill just couldn't take the pounding from me running on it. My wife walked on it and it had no problems with that.

Luckily, I'm pretty handy so I was able to keep repairing it but I had to do a lot of repair work on it to keep it going. We actually kept using it for 3-4 years before the motor burned up and we bought an elliptical trainer to replace it. We like the elliptical better--easier on the joints.
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