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Treadmill vs Outdoors

Friday, October 29, 2010

So I'm catching up on this HUUUGE backlog of Sparkmail, racking up my points. I believe it is a limit of ten Sparkmails a day, I think, that I get points for reading, but many have links to articles that I haven't read, which offer MORE SparkPoints, hint hint.

One of the articles I found today was a discussion on the pros and cons of using a treadmill vs running outside - here's the a link from off one the Weekly Spark Pages I received:
s_articles.asp?id=1461 (is it legal for me to link back to a Spark Article in my blog?)

So, that got me to thinking about some of my challenges and I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on the benefits and disadvantages of using both surfaces - such as I've experienced them (admittedly, not much of EITHER the past few weeks...months...years... *sigh* ).

With treadmills, I don't own one at home, and so my primary experiences with using them has been at the local YMCA's or, occasionally, on the road at a hotel's "exercise room" if I'm blessed with a hotel that offers that. So - some of the things I would say are "disadvantages" for me might not be issues if I had one at home, but I don't have one, so oh well. One of the disadvantages for me is that I go find the one farthest away from other people walking or running on the other dreadmills, err, I mean, treadmills, farthest away from the visual distraction of TV's blasting away, and ALMOST INEVITABLY Someone has to "feel sorry" for me I guess, and come plunk themselves at the dreadmill next to me. Of course, they run faster than me, farther, whatever, and so I immediately feel intimidated. Or if they don't do that, then they start coughing all over me. Or something gross like that.

Now another thing I've noticed about dreadmills is that after I get done walking or running, I pretty much need to hang onto the handle for dear life for awhile after I turn it off and get off the machine. I keep having the same residual "rocking train" or "pitching sailboat" motion like I do when I get off the train after a day of traveling. Very weird. When I go for a walk around the neighborhood, or even a run, when I'm done, I'm done, and my body/mind doesn't keep thinking I'm still in motion.

Seems like there are some other issues with the dreadmill, but they have more to do with environment - not being able to control air, light, music, etc in a gym. I'm already deaf enough to mess up having easy conversation with sign-impaired hearing people, and frankly am somewhat sign-impaired myself, growing up in a hearing family and my husband and child are both hearing...but oddly enough, with my excellent low frequency hearing (below the ranges necessary for speaking in English - but might be pretty good for speaking with certain animals, I don't know..), the gym itself seems terribly noisy - all the machines hummmmmm, all the heating and air conditioning units hummmm, and the lighting is so bright that I find myself wishing for sunglasses indoors... so when I get done, I feel tireder than I did when I went in.

So enough whining - I go for walks outdoors most of the time, even in yucky weather. The big thing I have to watch about walking outside is being aware of the surfaces. I have one leg that is a smidgen longer than the other, and most of the time, that's not a problem. On roads that have sloped sides and a higher point ("crown") in the middle, I usually walk on the right side (traffic behind me - kinda dangerous, ya know!?) so that my right leg doesn't start aching from hitting the ground harder (it's the longer of the two legs I have. I realize some don't have any legs at all, or only one leg, and as far as I know, there aren't any humans with more than two legs, except maybe the occasional "Conjoined twins" configuration - what used to be called "Siamese" twins, only, it's not about the Thai people at all, just a birth defect that was first noted with two boys born in the country formerly called "Siam" and now called "Thailand".). If I have my wits about me and remember to put in one of those heel wedge inserts into my left shoe, I can usually get the two legs to be about the same length and then it doesn't matter so much if I walk on a flatter/more level surface, like sidewalks or flatter roads. But, I have noticed that the regular road surfaces are much easier on my knees since it's a softer road material than sidewalks which are usually a harder concrete surface. So I guess that makes a difference.

One thing I've noticed in winters past and haven't been doing as regularly or consistently the past few winters, is that when I walk in the cold weather of winter, I really seem to burn more calories for the effort that I am putting out. I've read that walking outside in cold weather burns way more calories - one set of calories for the actual walk or run performed, and another set of calories burned up from shivering and trying to stay Warm!! I guess one could *really* burn a lot of calories walking or running in cold weather while being "nekkid" - and maybe more from trying to run faster to evade the law enforcement trying to arrest me for public indecency. Not likely that I'll be wanting to test that theory anytime soon...

Okay so I'm just thinking of ideas off the top of my head about what differences I've noticed, and may write more later about this, as I think more. Or not.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BUTTERFLY464 11/16/2010 5:21PM

    Our daughter recently gave me her treadmill, I'm enjoying it. I can run anytime day or night. And I can run in my PJ's if I want. Don't have to comb my hair. It's great! And it helps me time myself. I'm walking 5 then running 1, then alternating. Hard to track the time like that outside.

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JANNEPERRY 10/29/2010 8:08PM

    OK this was one of the most entertaining blogs ever-Thanks!
My daughter often complains about the number of empty treadmills-and someone has to come up to the one right next to her!

I don't use treadmills too often because I always seem to go slower on one than outside, and I have a short stride, so I kick the top of the machine and bruise my toe (really).

Outside is better, but I'm a baby in the cold and wind-no matter what--it's outside in the cold and wind at 9 am tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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AWESOMECAROL55 10/29/2010 7:26PM

    I walk outside only..never on a treadmill. I enjoy the outdoors, the scenery, and the air seems invigorating. I have used treadmills before when I was a member of the YMCA...I believe I burn more calories out doors and walk further. Treadmills are boring to me & seem like a burden .. make my workout NOT a lot fun whereas I truly enjoy walking outside.!!

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MELISSAISAFOX 10/29/2010 5:19PM

    I TOTALLY understand treadmills in a large facility, I am not a fat whatsoever. I much prefer walking outside, but when the elements get in the way I use my treadmill for sure. Walks outside are often longer because you don't see a number ticking away and tormenting you.

I am lucky enough to have one at home and I've actually started to use it while I get into the habit of running. For me it's easier with a steady pace vs. who knows what I'm doing outside.

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Nutritional Information for many Restaurant chains...

Monday, August 02, 2010

Thanks to MyrtleBeachWins, I have a new website to help out with those restaurant portions & nutritional information. Very useful!!

Check it out!!

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    Awwwwwww, thanks for the plug. lol I am really glad you liked that link and hope it helps you.. We have not been eating out very often but when we do I check first. I was so shocked to know how so many of the choices that I thought were good for me weren't. Go figure.

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KAELBEE 8/2/2010 10:53PM

    Thanks for sharing

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Calories Burned Calculators and other useful Calculator Tools

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I got this website from MyrtleBeachWin's blog:

Since I've had some of my SparkPeople "Friends" disappear when they canceled their SparkPeople, they and their helpful blogs went with it. So I am duplicating it here. Hopefully MyrtleBeachWin will be with us a long time. Can't hurt to have some duplication, because in the future, someone is likely to be searching for the same thing as I did, and then get either MyrtleBeachWin's page, like I did, or mine. Or someone else's page.

In any case, within this page are many other calculators and assessments. The links likely won't show up in here??

Body Composition & Target Weight
Kids Body Composition
Adult Body Composition I (Advanced Measurement)
Adult Body Composition II (General Measurement)
Target Weight
Waist-Hip Ratio
Waist-to-Height Ratio
Blood Pressure Assessment
Blood Alcohol Estimator
BMI Calculator (Body Mass Index)
BMR Calculator (Basal Metabolic Rate)
Calories Burned Calculators
Calories burned through home activities
Calories burned through work activities
Calories burned while walking I (under 200 Pounds)
Calories burned while walking II (over 200 Pounds)
Calories burned while jogging
Calories burned with various sports
Calories burned with various activities
Calories burned at the gym
Calorie and Nutrient Calculator
Conception Calculator
Diet & Fitness Resource
Exercise Risk Assessment (ACSM)
Fat Intake Calculator
Fitness Calculators & Testing
Curl-Up Test
Push Up Test
Sit Up Test
Sit & Reach Test
Stride Length Calculator (Female)
Stride Length Calculator (Male)
One Rep Max (1RM) Estimation
Rockport Walk Test
1.5 Mile Run (VO2 Max - Measures Athletic Fitness)
12 Minute Run (VO2 Max - Measures Athletic Fitness)
Target Heart Rate
YMCA Bench Press
Heart Rate Assessment
Heart Attack Risk Calculator
Heart Disease Risk Calculator
Heart Explorer (Flash-Interactive)
Ideal Body Weight & Mass Calculator
Mercury Calculator
Muscle Atlas
Muscle Testing
Nutrient Info Database
Radiation Dose Calculator
Real Age (Health Age) Calculator
Runners Calculator
Protein Intake Calculator
Sleep Tools
Strength Conditioning / Weight Training Chart
Stride Length Calculator (Female)
Stride Length Calculator (Male)
Target Heart Rate Calculator
Unit Conversion Calculator

I guess I would have to "add link" by each type of calculator listed above. Maybe a project for another day!

Oh...and while I'm on the topic - here's another web page, basic idea, but it is just a table of calories burned by activity, assuming a person at 135 pounds, 165 pounds, 195 pounds.
This is at

(hmmm looks fine here in edit mode but then when I look at it in blog mode after posting it, the blog page splits up the URL address I typed in. I guess the fact that I added it as a link below is interesting, but irrelevant - the word processor here will just split the URL up any old way it thinks.).

So would be a quick way to guess calories burned.

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BANKER-CHUCK 12/26/2013 12:59PM

    Just ran across this blog. Thanks for posting. I had many calculators on my old computer but lost them when I crashed.

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JANNEPERRY 7/7/2010 7:45AM

    Thanks so much for posting the links--I think they will be helpful! emoticon emoticon

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You have my vote, my feet are planted at sparks . emoticon and love the fact that everyone is working together. Sometimes we miss the mark on the scale but I bet we are all more aware and healthier than yesterday. And tomorrow will prove to be even better. Live is so good. You are succeeding and I will see you there! I am looking forward to doing this with all my fri;ends glad your one.

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Fitness Maps -

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I'm SOOOO happy that we now have the fitness maps built in to Spark People! I was already using the Google map pedometer program on Google, but now it's all here and easy to use as well.
ess_maps_home.asp is where to go to actually look for routes in your hometown or to chart your own route and save it (anonymously or with your SP nickname).
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1888214 SparkGuy's blog announcement about the Fitness Map... Gonna save it here for all posterity, such as it is, since I know I'll forget where to find it later!!




Don't Worry....

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere.

- Anonymous

Don't waste your energy on worrying

Too many of us worry about things that we cannot change. Although worrying gives you something to focus on, there are more productive ways to spend your time. Instead of worrying about the things you cannot control, remind yourself that worrying doesn't bring change. If it is a situation that you can control, then there is no reason to worry! Find a solution and spend your energy fulfilling it. If nothing else, just talk to someone about your concerns. Getting them out in the open tends to help put your mind at ease.


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