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Cutting Loose The Training Wheels

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I am a bit embarassed to admit that after all the progress I've made through using my treadmill for over 8 months...I STILL have to hold onto the handles or sidebars (what's the proper name?) while using my mill!

I feel like I'm sort of "cheating" by not doing a regular free-handed walk like I see everyone else do...it's as tho I'm hooked on the treadmill equivalent of "training wheels." Lord knows, however, I'm soaking wet at the end of my workout and getting solid cardio benefit I'm sure. I rationalize that by hanging on I'm getting some upper-body strength building...right...? :-)

I have ALWAYS been a clumsy oaf with poor coordination throughout my life. The only time I didn't feel this way was during childhood when I used to swim. As you might sense, this still bugs me today.

I have tried to let go and freely walk which I can do for brief moments of time. However my balance goes "off" and I either list to the side or fall behind and my feet start pushing off the treadmill as the belt rounds the end...which makes me fearful of falling so I grab hold once again.

Am I just making too much of this? Or is there little real benefit from walking free-handedly?

One thought I had, re: improving my balance and coordination is to take up dancing or Tai Chi, however I need to lose more weight before I can overcome my self-consciousness enough to pursue such activities. As music is so important to me and I am SO tuned into music, I have a hunch that I might someday find dancing to be quite the outlet for myself.

I'd appreciate any thoughts, tips, suggestions you all might happen to share!

Update: 8/29/2007

Okay, inspiration struck today while commiserating with a colleague. Making lemonade out of lemons!

During my upcoming hernia surgery while I cannot do the cardio to which I'm accustomed on the treadmill, hop on, but v e r y s l o w l y (1-2 mph) getting back on the treadmill HANDS-FREE. Since I can't strain myself, this might be the best way to tackle the problem.

Of course I'll check with my doc before doing anything...have already run it by a nurse colleague who suspects this may just be the ticket!

Thx all for your thoughts & suggestions!
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    I'd think that by holding on to the rails you're actually taking pressure off your knees which is a good thing bec. if you're carrying a lot of weight and are trying to jog, it's a lot for the knees to handle. So yes, there's a positive side not to mention that you are actually doing something instead of mere sitting down on a couch - everyone has to start somewhere.
    4252 days ago
    Sounds like you need to strengthen your core.....try some of the spark core exercises....It really helped me to do cardio exercise hands free when I strengthened my core.....good luck...keep doing what you are doing and build on it.........
    4896 days ago
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