Post # 1
I used to be a runner… like, 3.5 – 5 miles a day runner. I never experienced any joint or knee pain but I’m really freaked out about working up to running again. Two big reasons are I had a friend who royally screwed up her knees and that just makes me paranoid. Also, as I’ve let myself go over the years, my already…ahem…ample chest has gotten more… um, ampler? Ouch, ouch, ouch with jumping jacks, jump rope, or running.
I may get back to a place where I want to run, but I don’t have the desire for the actual running bit. I have motivation for other things and I did speed-walking for a while and still enjoy that.
I don’t want to join a gym (cheapest one around here is about $37/mo with a 1 year commitment) and know with winter approaching, my workouts/walks will be coming to a grinding halt and I don’t want to undo the progress I’ve made/want to make.
Are manual treadmills worth it? I don’t have the $600 (used) – $1,100 (new) to drop on a motorized treadmill right now.
Post # 3
I have a manual treadmill and they are MUCH harder than a powered treadmill. The only drawback is that it is very difficult to run on it – not impossible though.
Post # 4
My parents had a manual treadmill. I used to walk on it and it was a good workout. Like sunflower–girl said, it was hard to run on it.
It is actually easier to walk on it if you raise the angle.
Post # 5
@Crabbabs & @Sunflower–girl: Once you get it going, does it seem like there is resistance to it? Or does it seem pretty fluid? Can you get going pretty fast just by speed-ish walking?
Thanks for the help! 🙂
Post # 6
@Diet Coke: The whole thing is resistance! There is no momentum to it – pure muscle to keep it going. You will get a much better workout raising the angle and walking than if you ran on a powered treadmill.
Post # 7
Thank you, girls! 🙂
I think, for right now, I’m going to suck it up and still do my exercising out doors until the actual snow comes. I hate being cold but after the first 5-10 minutes, it’s not so bad.
Post # 8
i’ve got one… the incline is pretty steep because you have to have some kind of hill to climb or else you’d be pushing. the incline hurts my calves, so i’d put a huge textbook under the back to make it less severe. you can’t really run on them though. it’s awkward at a fast pace… i do like it though and it is a good workout nonethe less, just takes time to get used to. i got mine for $100 from walmart to try it.
its a pretty good coat rack now
Post # 9
Have you considered an elliptical? They are less impactful than treadmills, and can work your body more. You can find them used/new for pretty cheap if you don’t want much from them and don’t run too hard on them.