Outdoor Walking and Treadmill

A friend of mine bought a treadmill recently and was excited about the benefits of having a treadmill in his home. He felt that it would bring the benefits of exercise irregardless of the weather. A treadmill is an investment if it add considerable value to your exercise regimen and overall health. After all, the cost of buying a good treadmill is not cheap unlike buying a bicycle. A reasonable quality treadmill with all its gadgets could easily cost more than US$1000 and this is not the top of the range. I have seen treadmill with TV mounted on it at the Gym Club and it can also monitor heart beat and measure calories. I wonder what is the price of this treadmill – should be expensive.

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Walking on Treadmill

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The good thing about having a treadmill at home is that you can exercise any day irregardless of the weather outside. You can do it anytime of the day or night safely in your home. And if it is good treadmill, it allows you to keep track of your exercise performance daily with measurements on the hours, speed, distance and calories. But it takes good amount of discipline to keep track of your performance and even to exercise on the treadmill daily. I know for sure that I would not be able to do it every day because it looks more like work than having fun. I noticed that the treadmill in my friend’s home seems to take up quite a lot of space in his room; making the room looked rather cramped.

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Outdoor Walking and Treadmill

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Personally, I would prefer outdoor walking than walking on a treadmill. Outdoor walking is more fun and you get to see many things along the way. It is an activity that is not so rigid and confined like walking on a treadmill; and you get to breath the outdoor fresh air as well. I could easily complete a 10km walk happily without feeling that I am working or exercising to keep fit. At the end of the walk, I would normally sit on a bench and look at the trees and pond in the park; which I find it very relaxing. If I want to walk on the treadmill, I prefer to do it at the Gym rather than in my home. In a Gym, I can see many people exercising on different machines, and this gives me the spur or motivation to walk on treadmill without feeling bored. If I am walking on a treadmill at home, I would turn on the TV or the music so that it would not be so bored.

So at this moment, I would not be following my friend to buy a treadmill. It is because I know that I would not be discipline enough to use it every day or even once a week. It might end up sitting there in the room for years till I get rid of it. Outdoor walking is definitely my type of exercise which I truly enjoy.

 

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