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Green Guinea Pigs

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Another thought I had as I entered this tiny room into which a treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike were crammed was: whew! Is it HOT in here! This fellow running on the treadmill has generated such HEAT! Reminds me of ME! I get so hot when working out. If I go for a walk on a chilly day, say 30-40 degrees or so...it isn't long before I take off my coat and feel just fine. In fact, I've gotten so I don't bother with a coat if I know I'm going to go for a long walk. Same on the treadmill. At home I have a window behind me and a window on the left. I throw them wide open in the coldest of weather as I get so warm so quickly.

This got me thinking...remember the old high school science project where one would wire up a guinea pig in a treadmill cage and as the wheel spun around under the crittter's feet (hamster? guinea pig? forget which) a light bulb would light up with the energy generated by the rotation of the wheel.

I'm no Einstein or Edison, but what if one could hook up our treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes to a generator which could store up the energy generated by our exercise?

Heck maybe we could whack down our electric bills...?

Silly thought of the day...! :-)
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EXIT2LEFT 10/10/2007 10:50PM

  it's a fab idea! i have a crank radio that can be cranked when it's solar panel doesn't provide enough energy. what if we could store enough from the dreadmills to cover power outages! Recharge batteries??? That would be 2 cool! I also, being mentally allergic to exercise & a tad self-conscious, hate 2 sweat in public.... i'm working on embracing it as a sign that i'm doing something heart healthy & to look forward to getting my endorphins a rockin & a rollin! Of course, if i could get dh to walk w/ me irw, i could avoide the dreadmill ;)

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