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Why Treadmills Are A Good Fitness Tool

My weight-loss experiences taught me a few things and through trial as well as error, I found my way.

"There is nothing like having to change your physical form to put you in contact with every weak part of yourself, to train yourself in discipline. Put somebody on a treadmill and I'll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life."

- Will Smith


It is a good time to consider getting a Treadmill when and if you can relate to this scenario...

Just as the dusky rose sky is being kissed by the first rays of the rising sun you begin your routine morning run through the nearby deserted public park. The dewy air is filled with the beguiling promise of a new day as you inhale the crisp clean ambiance and you suddenly become aware of the thudding of running feet behind you. You casually and curiously turn around only to see a hooded figure, head bent, and fast approaching. You slowly face forward and gradually pick up your speed. The thudding behind seems to speed up too so you naturally increase your pace as adrenaline kicks in and at this point all the ‘’slash’’ films as well as episodes of criminal minds seem to play like a movie reel in your mind.

The thudding gets closer, your breathing is as choppy as waves at high tide and your heart is galloping like a racehorse on crack. By the time you have recited a very compelling eulogy of yourself to yourself, you belatedly realize that the thudding has passed, and the figure is now miles ahead of you. These Pandemic days could also have been a fear of contracting one of the dreaded Covid strands that could have had you hyperventilating or overthinking your life choices.


I am not an avid fitness fanatic, seriously. I hate exercises although, to be honest before the pandemic, I was a fitness freak. I used to exercise like crazy and eat whatever I wanted (Oh how I miss the good old days). These days however I just have to look at chocolate and I gain weight, honestly, when you are married with kids the last thing on your mind is exercise because if you cannot find the time to brush your hair when you can possibly find the time to work-out, but I know fitness leads to wellness ergo wellness leads to good health or vice versa. Hence A treadmill, which I learned from experience, will give your overactive mind a much-needed rest and allow you to work out more effectively in the safety of your own home to either attack your fat or get your fitness groove back.

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The sweat glistens off your tightening body; you glow radiantly with health and yada yada. I really wouldn’t know though, nor can I relate because when I exercise, my breathing gets dangerously erratic, and I sweat unattractively (like I have just been dunked into a lake). After 15 minutes my face is as red as a tomato, and I feel like I am having a mini-heart attack. Okay maybe it sounds like I exaggerate but that is legit what it feels like for an asthmatic like me.


However, I know the importance of fitness because I see the difference in the way I feel when I exercise regularly. I need every available coping mechanism these days and one of those is exercise. I admit, Exercising-at-home is a skill some cannot master especially when it comes to squats, sit-ups, etc, or even at-home aerobics. So, usually, the exercise most often recommended for home is walking/ powerwalking/jogging on the treadmill which is just as good so long as it gets you on your fitness journey. Pushing your body to the limit is what makes you determined and motivated to keep fighting the good fight of life. Fitness is not always about how you look although there is nothing better than the feeling of fitting into one of your old dresses before you had kids and resembled a whale. No, it’s not just about that, it is about being able to endure what life dishes out and coping when the ingredients change.


This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.


Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on June 30, 2021:

Yes hey, life is hard in general. Add a swish of having to exercise and a dash of having to eat properly then you get a Molotov cocktail of 'Why me??" haha I wish there was a simpler way to fitness but alas it is all hard work and sacrifice. Thanks for interest Pamela:)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 30, 2021:

I hgave always liked exercise on the treadmill. I relate to what you said asbout a busy life with children and exercise not being the first thing on you mind. This is an interesting, Charlene.

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