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Enjoy Climate Controlled Walking Workouts With Your Own Treadmill

Updated on December 29, 2007

If I start exercising regularly when I'm feeling enthusiastic about getting in shape, it's easy for me to develop a habit of working out regularly. However, if something happens that causes me to putt of getting started, I find myself making excuses to avoid getting focused on my goals again. It seems like every time I resolve to start walking every day, the weather goes to one extreme or the other. Either it's too hot, too cold, or raining. By the time the weather clears up, my resolve to walk regularly has faded away, and my old bad habits have kicked in.

Actually, all of those things happened in the past. That was before I decided to purchase a treadmill for the house. If I don't walk regularly now, I can't blame it on the weather, unless of course there is a weather related power outage. Owning a treadmill, an elliptical trainer, or a stationery bike (I actually have all three) takes away one's ability to use outdoor conditions as an excuse not to work out on a regular basis. However, owning these pieces of exercise equipment doesn't guarantee that you will actually use them. Having them in your house at least takes away one of your excuses not exercise.

There are many benefits to walking or running on a treadmill, in addition the fact that you don't have to worry about what the weather is like. When you exercise on a treadmill, you can keep track of exactly how fast (or slow) you are moving, and control the pace based on your goals. You can increase the muscle building power of your workout by increasing the incline, or you can push yourself to boost the cardiovascular value of your exercise time by pushing your speed to a run.

One of the things I really like about my treadmill is the fact that it allows me to multitask. It's easy to walk on the treadmill by watching the news or my favorite television program. I'm not a runner, so I am even able to read when walking on the treadmill. I enjoy having the opportunity to catch up on my favorite magazines, or read books that aren't work-related while getting the exercise that my body needs. Being able to incorporate exercise into leisure activities is a great benefit for me, as I often feel guilty when I take time away from things I need to be doing to stop and watch television or read something mindless. When I pair these activities with exercise, I don't feel like I'm losing productive time.

If you're ready to work regular exercise into your daily routine, but you don't want to join a gym or be dependent on the outdoor weather conditions, a treadmill might be a great addition to your household.

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