The New Treadmill Guide
What’s one of the biggest worries associated with buying the new treadmill or investing in a new piece of any exercise equipment? You’ve spent all that money, started off with great intentions, enjoy it for a few days and then it sits and waits and you don’t use it again! This also applies to your new treadmill..
So, now you have some quality fitness equipment that is collecting dust and doubling up as expensive clothes dryer and you start to resent the fact that it’s taking up so much space
Let us help you make sure this doesn’t happen…
We are going to use a treadmill as the example here but we could quite easily be talking about an indoor rower, exercise bike or another piece of fitness equipment!
A treadmill is one of the most popular of fitness equipment’s and provides a superb cardiovascular workout, for many it’s still the number one exercise machine for those who want to lose weight. It can be a great health investment but you must be prepared to get the maximum benefit from it.
Here are 5 easy ways to get the BEST use from your home treadmill:
Research your New Treadmill!
What are your unique needs for the new treadmill? Compare these with what the new treadmill offers you; is this particular model suitable, can you see yourself using it on a regular basis?
As an example, 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?
Sometimes it’s those little things that make all the difference! 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.)
Cost can play a great part in this one but do you get bored easily and need a challenge? Whilst some people are happy to ‘just run’ others (this author included) need that extra stimulation, do you need a good selection of workout programs or a treadmill 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!
Find that ‘happy’ spot for the New Treadmill
By ‘happy’ we mean in a well-lit, stimulating and as open a space as possible… 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.
Which areas in your house make you feel most energized? 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 happy and mentally stimulated.
Prepare yourself before the new Treadmill arrives
Think what is going to make you more likely to use the treadmill regularly? Do you like listening to classical musical when you work out or is rap music the only way you can exercise? Do you like watching your favorite movies; will this make your exercise more enjoyable? What inspires you to work out and feel your best?
Why not leave favorite workout CD’s lying around. Get your favorite movies or shows recorded and set up a TV/DVD player next to where you are going to exercise. Gather your favorite magazines and/or have a good selection of books to hand. Get these things ready even before your treadmill arrives and you’re at least half way there.
It stands to reason that by having an ‘exercise’ stash in your treadmill room, you’ll be more inspired to work out and you won’t be stuck running around looking for something to do when you want to start exercising, working out is great but sometimes you just need that little extra to keep the interest going.
If you’re thinking that all this seems a bit simple then you’re right, but it really does work. Professional gyms love all this stuff and for a reason, it keeps their customers motivated and happy, you can do the thing in your personal gym.
The exercise plan and the New Treadmill
How about getting yourself psyched up for success? Before you start working out try making an exercise plan, work out what you want to be doing in the next 8 weeks, what improvement you want to see.
For the first couple of weeks you might need to amend the plan but make sure you stick with it.
Include important details like speed, difficulty setting and how much incline you’re using! Watch yourself progress and become fitter as you move through the exercise plan, stay motivated and have fun whilst achieving your goals.
New Treadmill and Tracking your fitness progress
This really leads on from point 4 above but by tracking your progress every day, you get a major sense of accomplishment which snowballs into even greater fat-burning results.
Depending on your current fitness levels of course, we suggest that you have a set of minimum goals for the first couple of weeks. For example, you are going to walk for at least 15 minutes or you are going to do so much interval training and increase it in week 3!
This serves two purposes, you are conditioning yourself to follow a fitness schedule and you are becoming accustomed to your new fitness equipment. Both of these will help you track your fitness progress, will enable you to alter your schedule as appropriate and use the machine with more confidence.
This leads us nicely back to getting the maximum benefit from your new treadmill. It’s become a very important part of your daily schedule and its pretty much dust free with no wet clothes in sight!