So I have had this amazing treadmill for a month now. I have been enjoying it immensely. I have been ‘visiting’ many places all over the world….foreign lands I have never been to in my life. Today, it was Taiwan. The other day, it was Costa Rica and Hawaii (the places in Hawaii I haven’t been to yet). Before that, Sydney, Australia and Germany…..you get the idea. It’s been fabulous. The scenic ‘runs’ come with music that is easy to move to; the music totally motivates me to push myself. So enough about the treadmill. It’s what I do on it that really matters!
So, in the past month I have worked on my speed and incline. I never used the incline feature in the gym unless my trainer made me…never on my own. I bought this expensive treadmill, so I figure I better use it all, every feature! So I have been pushing myself every time I am on the tread. I try to use it 3-5 days a week. I go for the highest speed at highest incline I can (currently 4.0mph and 6.0%) for as long as I can. Then I settle down to 3.5 mph at 6% for the majority of my walk. Then when I have about 2 minutes left of my work out, I slow down and relax at 2.0 mph and 2.5%. It’s invigorating and it feels good. The trick is that I want to push myself with out hurting myself. When I feel a burn in my shins due to speed, I will slow it down and increase the incline.
This has been a great purchase. I have been able to use my treadmill during some of our really snowy weather. While I usually workout for 30 minutes, I will do 15-20 minute walks just to get on the treadmill rather than not at all just because I don’t have the full 30 minutes. I just do it. It feels amazing. Tomorrow, I am pushing for 45 minutes! Who knows where I will travel to!