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If You HATE the Treadmill then DO Something Else

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The treadmill is a piece of equipment that I tolerate.

I definitely don't LOVE the treadmill.
But I don't HATE it either.
The treadmill is what it is - a piece of exercise equipment that does a reasonable job providing me a way to walk when the weather stinks or when it isn't convenient to get outdoors.
Given my choice, I'll pick walking in the battlefield parks or downtown or even doing laps on the farm over the treadmill.
But I don't DESPISE the treadmill.

But there ARE exercises and activities that I don't like.

Such as riding on the stationary bike.

My lovely bride and my youngest enjoy it though.

So do you know what I do?

Something else.

Given a choice and the flexibility in my schedule, I would spend most of my intentional calorie burning doing this:

Paddling around a lake and enjoying a beautiful sunset, like the one here.
(I took this picture while in Bar Harbor, Maine. If you have the opportunity to visit Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island, you ought to seriously consider it. If you like being outside, you'll find the carriage roads and the paddling and the hiking quite relaxing and wonderful.)


FIND SOMETHING ELSE to do to get some exercise.

Join a dodge ball team.
Go for a walk outside.
Buy one of Coach Nicole's DVDs.
Take up geocaching.
Go for a hike.
Volunteer at the SPCA and walk dogs for them - or help out otherwise there... they can use the help, I'm sure.
Lift free weights.
Paddle a canoe or kayak.
Go for a swim.

Arguably some activities are more costly or require more setup and ceremony.
You'll need to decide what fits your lifestyle, budget and schedule.

Figure out what you like to do and do that.

And trust me - just because you aren't drenched in sweat at the end of that activity - like walking through the woods bird watching - recognize that that is MUCH BETTER than sitting on your butt watching TV or wasting hours on Facebook.

DO something.
DO something you like to do and you'll be more inclined to CONTINUE to do it!

And hey...

Make it a great day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DARLY55 3/26/2013 10:17PM

    I'm with you Matt, but I love my treadmill. I was in Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor several years ago - what a beautiful place! Places like that are invigorating.
Spark On!

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KIMCOLLINGS 3/26/2013 5:22PM

    Love this! I went skiing this weekend and was thinking that very thing. Isn't it excellent when exercise is fun! I'm with you on the kayaking. Love it. Don't do enough of it. Need to plan some this spring/summer.

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_BABE_ 3/26/2013 2:11PM

    So true. Remember when taking a walk or going for a hike or swim was for pleasure? Categorizing activity as exercise almost makes it a should not a want! emoticon

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EMMACLAIRE5 3/26/2013 11:09AM

    Love the kayak picture!! I need to incorporate more activity like that into my routine, exercise the body and feed the spirit at the same time emoticon

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CLPURNELL 3/25/2013 10:46PM

    It's awesome when you can do exercise and enjoy it!!! i really like walking around the island here because it is just beautiful. it doesn't even feel like exercise!

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GINGERHAWK 3/25/2013 9:29AM

  I couldn't agree more. There are a number of things that I hate and I've learned to find what I enjoy and do that instead of trying to force myself into something I hate (like running!). I am now able to stick with a regular routine and don't give up and throw in the towel like I have done so many times in the past.

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CELIAMINER 3/25/2013 8:50AM

    Thanks, Matt. I find there is little exercise I actually like except for walking, ST, and yoga. I've tried forcing myself to like other fitness options, but that ends up being more of a stressor, so I just keep doing what I enjoy.

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SUGAR0814 3/24/2013 11:37PM

    Find what works for you. Just keep moving!

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CAT-IN-CJ 3/24/2013 9:47PM

    . . . or dig a new pond! That's what I 'm doing. Lots of dirt and rocks to move . . . . finding muscles I didn't know I had . . . and it feels wonderful.

Four rears ago, I was so out of shape and my shoulder/back was so bad that I had to have physical therapy, and the therapist forbade me to even lift a brick (we were re-building the waterfall on the big pond).

This past week, I was able to move HUGE rocks/boulders (with the help of some leverage).

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BABY_GIRL69 3/24/2013 8:52PM

    Yeah, I do not wake up longing for walking on the dreadmill. So I do something else no challenge there but maybe I should take some of the heat off the dreadmill....

God bless,


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DOVESEYES 3/24/2013 8:45PM

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MOBYCARP 3/24/2013 7:25PM

    What you hate can change over time.

I despise the stationary bike, which IMO is the most boring form of cardio known to mankind. In the past I've tolerated the treadmill, which comes in second on the boring scale. I'm less tolerant of it than I used to be, but it's a moot point since I let my gym membership lapse.

But yeah, there's always *something* that I can tolerate, and usually something I like doing. Running is top of the list, but even when injury prevents running something can be found to keep active.

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MICKEYH 3/24/2013 6:50PM

    Sorry, I love my emoticon for now. emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 3/24/2013 5:13PM

    Finding out what I liked to do was hard. It came down to first discovering which exercise I disliked least and doing that. Amazingly, it's not always the same exercise.

Another surprising thing is that the longer I've exercised (over months, not in time on 1 day) the more comfortable I am with it... in fact I miss it if I don't do it. Perhaps that is a result of more energy and better conditioning as time has passed.

Exercising is worth your time, discomfort and effort! The results can't be matched in benefits to your body.

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DALID414 3/24/2013 2:31PM

    Very true.
But I recall hating running last year, felt like a torturous thing. I was nearly in tears after my first attempt. But I guess the hard headedness in me kept me going back for more! Now I love it! emoticon

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 3/24/2013 2:23PM


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NAYKNITS 3/24/2013 2:23PM

    emoticon I couldn't agree more!

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