People’s number one fear when buying a home treadmill or any other piece of exercise equipment is that they won’t use it.
The story is familiar. You get it delivered and then you enjoy it for a few more days before it goes back to its place.
You notice how dusty and cluttered it has become a few months later. You also remember how much weight it has taken up and how hard you tried to lose. Unfortunately, now it doubles as an outfit rack.
Don’t be afraid. This article will show you how to make sure it doesn’t happen.
A treadmill is the best cardio workout and it’s the most popular exercise machine for people who are looking to lose weight. It’s a great investment in your health, if you are willing to reap the full benefits.
These are five easy ways to make the most of your treadmill at home.
1. Start your research
Compare the features of each treadmill to determine what is best for you.
A folding treadmill may be the best option if you live in an apartment or prefer clean and tidy surroundings. Do you prefer a manual or shock-assisted folding treadmill that is easy to maneuver?
You might like to have water while you work out, so make sure your treadmill console has a water bottle holder. It may surprise you that many treadmills don’t have this feature.
Are you bored easily? Do you need to be challenged? You might consider a treadmill that supports iFit or has many user programs.
Although these things might seem small and may cost you more, if you are actually enjoying your workout, it will be worth it.
2. Place the treadmill where it is most comfortable.
When I say “happy”, I mean brightly lit, open, and stimulating. Do not place it so that you face the wall when running or walking. This is a bad idea. It doesn’t work well for long-term workouts. You can put your TV or window in front of you if you are bored.
Your workouts will be more successful if you have the right ambiance. Place your treadmill in an area that stimulates your mind, body and spirit.
3. Get your exercise equipment ready before the treadmill arrives.
Are you a fan of fast music while you exercise? Are you a fan of your favorite movies? How about reading magazines? What motivates you to exercise and feel your best?
These things can be prepared even before your treadmill arrives so you will be at least three quarters of the distance. Keep a variety of workout and favorite CD’s on hand. You can get your favorite shows and movies on tape. Collect your favourite magazines.
You’ll feel inspired to exercise and won’t have to search for anything to do when you are ready.
This may sound simple, but it is actually very effective. Why is it that gyms keep magazines, TVs, and CD players in their possession?
4. Create an exercise program.
Make a plan before you begin working out. It’s a roadmap to your rock-hard body. You’ll feel motivated to succeed by writing down the time and type of work you will do in each week.
Keep in mind that your workouts are a way to plant the seeds of the body you desire.
A plan will help you see how many seeds have been planted and how long it will take for the results to begin to show up. It’s fun, and it will motivate you to reach your health goals.
5. Track your progress
This is related to 4, but it’s more an ongoing process. You will feel a great sense of accomplishment by tracking your progress each day. This can translate into greater fat-burning results.
You can set’minimum’ goals like “I’ll walk for 10 minutes” or “I will do 5-30 seconds intervals.” This will motivate you and increase your sense of achievement.
You’ll also get the most out of your treadmill.
These are five ways you can get the most out of your treadmill at home. Remember that even little preparation can pay big dividends in the end.