The number one 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 clothing rack.
Never fear. This article will help you make sure that doesn’t happen.
A treadmill can provide a great overall cardiovascular workout and 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 put in the time!
Five easy ways to get the BEST use from your home treadmill:
1) Do your research before you buy
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!
2) 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 energy/feels to them and that will absolutely affect the success of your workouts. Make sure your treadmill is placed in an area that makes you feel energized, happy and mentally stimulated.
3) Get your exercise arsenal ready BEFORE the treadmill arrives.
Do you like listening to fast music, pop or hip hop when you exercise? I have always felt music is the key to movement and it’s one of my surefire motivators on days I might not feel like “crushing it” during my workouts. So be sure to create a great upbeat playlist – several of them. Below is one of my personal lists I used when I would do my runs in Central Park in NYC. I use Spotify to create my lists and it’s fantastic!
Do you like watching your favorite movies, catching up on news? What about reading magazines? Note: If you are doing a high intensity cardio session save the reading for after during your cool down. Basically though you should surround your workout area with all things that inspire you to move your body and feel your best?
Get these things ready even before your treadmill arrives and you’ll be three-quarters of the way there.
Again, this may seem simple, but it works. Why do you think gyms have so many magazines, televisions and most equipment comes ipod/mp3 player ready?
4) Make an exercise plan.
Before you start working out, try making a plan, a “roadmap to your rock star body”. By preparing in advance and having a vision of what your workout consists of daily, weekly and even monthly you’ll get yourself primed for success. Trust me – this has worked for me for the past 15+ years! Asics (maker of my FAV running shoe) also makes a great running app for tracking your runs. Check it out.
Make working out fun and the way to do that is by mixing things up. Change the tempo, change the incline, run backwards, do the side shuffle. It can’t feel like a chore or a prison sentence. Saying “I hate cardio” (a phrase one of my clients said EVERY single session) each time you get on your treadmill (elliptical or bike) doesn’t serve you. Search out fun new ways of doing cardio and I promise you’ll be motivated to get your rockin’ body!
5) Track your progress
Ok this is related to #4 but it’s more of an ongoing thing. By tracking your progress every day it’s like making a bank deposit and getting the receipt from the teller afterwards.
I suggest you set ‘minimum goals’ to start with such as “I’ll walk for at least 20 minutes” or “I’ll do 5 x 30 second intervals.” Start small and once the endorphins start flowing you’ll most likely end up doing more. Again, this is something I have learned over the years.
So, throw on your running shoes, blast your favorite run/walk playlist and go burn some tread! Oh, and several hundred calories along the way!
Up next – one of my top HIIT treadmill workouts! Stay tuned.
Move More. Eat Better. Forgive Often!