MY TREADMILL = EXERCISE FOR THE MIND

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As i said in my last post, i have recently acquired a treadmill. I saved up for a long time to get one. The model i have got is a Reebok zr10 (above). This machine retails at around £1,200 but i got it second hand at £450. And when i say second hand it pretty much isn’t, its like brand new. When me and Tim went round to check it out, the man said he and his wife had been on it maximum 15 times. Anyway before i have been going to college i have been going on the treadmill. I go on it for around 45 minutes all in all. This consist of me running 1 mile and then doing a program. There are around 24 programs all in all on my treadmill. A program is a preset work out. You can change the duration though before hand. As your doing a program the treadmill will automatically speed up or speed down, it also can put the gradient up to 15 degrees. That’s like going up a pretty steep hill. It is absolutely brilliant. And whilst your doing all of this the screen shows whats coming up next and you calories burnt, distance and speed. It also has an mp3 input, so i connect my ps vita and listen to whatever music takes my fancy, and its blasted through 2 speakers, which are actually pretty good. The max speed it can go is 11.2 miles per hour, though i haven’t attempted this speed yet. I have ran at 10 miles per hour but only for maybe 20 seconds. I actually want in future to be able to run a 5k race, so i am sort of training for it, even if it takes me 5 years. As i said before i run 1 mile at the moment. I have recently upped my speed from 5 mph to 6mph, so i am pleased with this. It takes exactly 10 minutes running at 6mph to run a mile. My record mile is 9.15 seconds. I did this the other day. After i had warmed up for a few minutes i started running at 8 mph. I ran this for 2 or 3 minutes when my chest really started to hurt. I know when im pushing myself but this was obviously too much for my body. So i slowed it down to walking for a few minutes and then ran at my usual 6 mph. I think when i go on my treadmill tomorrow i will up the distance. I will try to do 1.25 miles instead of my usual 1 mile. And then when i get good at doing that i will up the gradient slightly over time till its about 3 degrees. I think running at 2 degrees on a treadmill is about running normally outdoors. So that’s about it about my treadmill. I am really pleased with myself and with the machine.

I have a challenge for you all. Try to do a bit of exercise each day this week. It can be whatever you want, walking, cycling even dancing in front of the telly to music videos. Trust me exercise its a great thing. For me it keeps my mind less crowded (if i dont do any exercise i start to go downhill, like being depressed and i also have a self destroying mind which can only be dampened by exercise). I feel more confidant and of course your increasing the length of time you get on this earth. Once you get the fitness bug you will not go back. By the way my weight is now around 12 st 9 which is about 180 pounds.Thanks for reading

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  1. Congratulations on your treadmill purchase! We also have found the treadmill to work for us but in our case it has to be right in front of the TV. I had it in the bedroom where it quickly became a clothing holder. I also tried putting it on our patio (here in Arizona it is plenty nice to walk outside every day) but Matthew said, No Way, and refused to get on until we put it back by the television.
    Our treadmill is also second hand. I have a feeling many people buy them, like for their New Year’s resolution and then don’t follow through eventually selling a nearly new treadmill so you can get it for a very good price. Ours is not as fancy as yours but it does have the programmable speed and incline. I think those are very helpful as you try to improve your endurance.
    I laughed when you said your treadmill goes to 11mph. Sheesh, I accidentally hit 8 on mine and thought I’d break my neck trying to get it slowed back down!
    Good luck and keep up the good work! Teresa

    • in front of the tv or listening to music does help alot. it stops it getting monotonous. I also think thats how i got a good treadmill. I think they bought it near christmas and then gave up. Its better for people like us though, we can get a good bargain 🙂 Thanks Teresa

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