(Closed) Treadmill walkers? Any advice for a noobie?

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

First thing is to set short term goals for yourself…what will you do by the end of this week?  Next week?  Try to vary your incline and speed.  Set a calorie goal and don’t get off until you finish it!  Also I like to watch The Biggest Loser.  HUGE inspiration (pun intended!).  I put a sticker on my calendar for every day I work out.  I like to see my calendar fill up!!  I have a tape measure (like what you get at a fabric store) that I have used to measure my whole body.  I retake my measurements every month.  I only weigh myself once a week.  Finally, I always go back to how I want to look in my wedding dress!  I’ve lost 17lbs so far, and counting.  Good luck to you!

Post # 5
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Interval training!!!  (here’s a thread I wrote about it) I am obsessed with it these days!  Basically it’s doing a walk then a  jog then a sprint incycles … the great thing is that with a treadmill you get to choose what walking, jogging, and sprinting mean to you.  Basically it’s just making sure you have variety in your work out. 

For example, instead of walking at 3.5 for an hour … you could walk at 3.0 for 3 minutes walk at 3.5 for 3 minutes, then really push yourself and walk at 4.0 for one minute.  And repeat that for the hour. Once you master that — increase your speeds at each interval!  Or put the treadmill at an incline during one of your "walking" segments. 

Good for you for using your money to better your health!  Keep us updated!

Post # 6
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Interval training, as HumarockBride said, is great.  I run outside most days, but in the winter, with the weather, it’s tough, and I hate hate hate running on a treadmill.  A trainer at my gym told me to alternate two or three minutes treadmill running with two or three minutes walking, and I really like doing it.  The intervals change before either one gets too boring. 

Post # 7
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have created workout playlists on my iPod. I pick upbeat songs that will keep me going. Some days I will make myself run for one song then when the next one comes on I walk…like humarockbride does only with songs instead of just looking at the time.

ChaiAnkh99, I am completly opposite from you. I love the treadmill and hate running outside (well unless it is gorgeous and I can run by the lake). Everyone thinks I’m crazy but the view from my office gym is gorgeous! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

The trick is to get into a habit. Make it fun for yourself in the begining. Something that worked for me: buy a season of a show you want to watch on DVD and only let yourself watch it if you’re on the treadmill.

 And interval training is definitely good for losing weight and keeping things interesting.

Post # 11
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m just going to be really honest and admit that I HATE working out, especially running.  I can walk for forever and not think about it at all, so I found that when I first started, I was running at such a slow pace and despising it so much, that I started walking at a quicker pace and on an incline.  I burned many more calories and didn’t hate my work out as much.  As I got into better shape, I added short intervals of running. Not sure that info will be helpful to you, but it helped me stay on track…

Post # 14
8 posts
  • Wedding: February 2012

One thing I learned was to switch up my workout routine.  After a month of doing the same workouts, your body will adjust to it and then you’re really not working out those parts as much.  I also like to do a lap on the treadmill sprinting as fast as I can.  In between each lap I’ll do an arm workout or abs, etc.  I do 4 laps which is usually a mile.  Even though I’m only running a total of a mile, I’m sprinting as fast as I can and that ends up burning alot more fat than if I was to run the mile all the way thru but at a low speed.  Good luck!

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