Post # 1
I’m trying to pro/con my way through this decision and am stuck on half of me thinking I should just do it already and half of me thinking I’m being ridiculously extravagant. Could someone talk me into or out of buying a treadmill please?
These are the facts:
- I’ve put on about 40 pounds due to work-related stress and have lost about half of that since I started my new job this summer and got back into running
- I have really enjoyed (1) being slightly less fat, (2) feeling myself get stronger as I built endurance and speed and, (3) most importantly, the self-esteem boost of taking care of myself
- I live right off of a major arterial road and can’t safely run in my neighborhood. Any time I run outside, I have to drive somewhere to do it.
- The only time I reliably have open in my schedule to run outside my home is from about 5:30-6:30 AM and I wouldn’t run outdoors alone at that hour anyway.
- I have access to a gym through my job. It opens at 6, which means I’m pretty crunched to fit in a workout, stop sweating (why does it take SO LONG?!), shower, dress, do hair and makeup, and get to work by 8.
- Call me a prude, but I’m not totally on board getting nakey in the locker room with my co-workers.
- It’s a pain in the ass to drive to the gym, drive all the way back home to shower, then drive all the way back to work. I only live 10 minutes away, but that turns a 10-minute commute into a 30-minute one.
- Running after work is out of the question because the hubs has to eat dinner at 6:00/6:30. It’s not like he demands that I get home and cook for him, but I want us to have dinner together (and I don’t prefer his cooking), so I need to be home by about 5:30. And I usually work until I happen to glance at the clock and go, “Oh shit–it’s 5:45!”
- It’s either rainy or oppressively hot and humid about 8 months out of the year where we live, so…
I’ve been considering picking up something reasonably reliable with with a lifetime warranty but not terribly pricey–including maybe the Sole F63 or Nordic Trac C 990. Both are ~$1000. That’s a good chunk of change for me, but I could make it happen if I cut some expenses elsewhere like eating out, Netflix (i.e. stuff I should be cutting out to lose weight anyway). My husband isn’t interested in running, so we would not be going halvies on this purchase. (That sounds weird, but we have separate finances). If we were sharing this toy, I would be all in.
I really do think that I would run more consistently if I had access to a treadmill all the time. I could run at home in the morning without a bunch of backtracking. On the days when I sleep in, I could get home from work, get dinner started, and get my run in while generic instant pot does its thing. On the other hand, when weather and daylight are on my side, I do like to be able to take my dog with me to one of the trails we run on. And, I could maybe figure out how to plan better and save myself $1K. Or is that what you’re paying for–freedom from having to plan?
I guess what I’m saying is, if you’ve bought a treadmill recently, do you regret it now or are you happy with your decision?
Post # 2
When I had my treadmill I LOVED it!!! Was amazing to just hop onto it anytime. Definitively recommend getting one of you want to be more serious about fitness and want the comfort of having a machine right at home.
Post # 3
I think your case for wanting to purchase a treadmill is more than justified. I’m actually a gym rat, but prefer trail running with my dog, also. After 2 kids (under aged 4) and Living in a region that is crazy hot in the summer and crazy cold / snowy in the winter it only makes sense to have one at home for convenience. Weather conditions aside, I love the convenience of having it in home for use whenever I want. It’s especially useful when I don’t want to haul babies to the gym or if I’m under a time crunch and I can easily pound out a few miles while baby naps.
So those are my reasons, and yes I feel they are justified even if it’s not always my first choice in fitness. It sounds like you will use yours even more than me so 1000% yess girl! Get it! I have a Nordic track, it’s 6 years old (bought it new) and it’s still a damn fine piece of equipment.
btw – congratulations on your weight loss! That so awesome! And way to be proactive in maintaining yours new lifestyle!
Post # 4
I think you should do it. I had always wanted to buy a treadmill, for years, but everyone would try and talk me out of it. I think your reasons and motivation is legit. I was just about to but then we moved into an apartment with a gym ☺️ The only thing I will say though is to consider a cross trainer for less impact on the knees. That was the biggest argument I got from all the PTs I talked to about treadmills but if you love running get the best shock absorbing one you can! Have fun!
Post # 5
I say buy it! I’m a runner and I would always run outdoors but sometimes the weather or finding the time to run outside would get in the way. My husband surprised me and bought me a treadmill 2 years ago and it’s the best! The convenience of going for a run whenever I’m home has been amazing. Treadmills are definitely worth it if you’re truly going to use them.
Post # 6
Thanks for the feedback, ladies. I’ve also realized that a treadmill is probably going to be a lot easier on my joints than sidewalks will, so there’s another check in the pro column.
I’ve had so many people tell me they bought one and it became a clothes rack, but I think it’s different when you’ve already established a routine.
Post # 7
I love my treadmill. I’m a climate control kind of gal. I’m also the type of person who needs to see specific numbers to keep me motivated and going. I wish I was the type who could just walk or run outdoors and enjoy it just for the sake of being outdoors and blah blah blah. But I’m not. When I’m Outdoors it’s because I want to enjoy the scenery, not work out. I like seeing the precise number of minutes I’ve been on and the precise number of miles that I’ve been on and controlling all of the variables of how fast or how steep I go. I just don’t have that same kind of motivation to push myself when it’s just me out in the open. If you’re motivated to use it, you’ll use it. If you’re not then you won’t. I just establish a routine where it’s literally the first thing I do when I get home. I don’t even allow myself to sit down. I just change right into my workout clothes and do it.
Post # 8
I’m a runner and although I have a hard time running more than a mile on a treadmill (I get dizzy/motion sickness on them) I do use them in the winter to avoid running in the dark. Then once spring hits I’m back to the trails! From your reasons, I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t get one! It actually sounds like you need one for more balance with time! I say get it girl!!
Post # 9
Ok, so I just got back from the gym, where I had to spend half an hour driving around campus looking for a place to park (yay football!). So, my 30 minute workout consumed almost an hour and a half of my life. I am definitely going for it.
Any particular recommendations? My prelim research has pointed me toward the Sole F63 and some of the $900-$1100 range Nordic Tracs. I am more concerned about motor durability and a strong frame than things like the speakers or display panel and I’m almost 6’ tall.
Post # 10
i feel exactly the same way! I need to know my speed, mileage, time, etc. and not be able to cheat. I thought about getting an Apple Watch, but that money would get me halfway to a decent treadmill!
Post # 11
Girl, a 1000 dollar treadmill is a mere 20 bucks a week for a year! Go for it, lime, right now! We easily spend 20 bucks a week on absolute crap and your health is everything!
I would shop for a hugh quality super durable one, maybe one that’s usually 1700-1800 but that’s on sale for 1400-1500…Ya also can swing 30 bucks a week for a year for YOUR HEALTH!
Stoked for you and the decision you’ve made!!