I often talk about how I avoid the treadmill like the plague. No matter how bad the weather is (and in Florida, it can get quite terrible), the treadmill is always my very last resort. Let’s talk about it.
The Treadmill Display Is Overstimulating
I am a pretty simple human with simple needs. This makes the display of the treadmill an overstimulating challenge for me. Since I don’t regularly use the kind of machine, it takes me a while to get it set up correctly. The lights and changing values as it switches information district me, and really keep me tied to the idea of what I’m doing, rather than letting me get lost in the whole activity. Most times, I end up covering the whole display with my towel, to try to mitigate any lights or beeps.
The Treadmill Triggers My Claustrophobia
When I’m outside, I have the whole world to explore. I never feel hemmed in or trapped. When I’m on the treadmill, the same does not hold true, especially after my unwanted touching incident a few years ago. In gyms, it seems like treadmills are always super close together, or the gyms are small and confined. This combination makes me incredibly uneasy, which does nothing to improve my run or walk.
The Treadmill Is Boring
Sorry. I said it. Treadmills are the most boring of the boring things. I know that most people watch tv or movies, put on a podcast or audio book or listen to music, but that’s not my thing. As strange as it may be, tv doesn’t appeal to me much, I do not do well with accepting information aurally, and I hate having ear buds in, especially when I feel claustrophobic. So it’s just me, my breathing, the sound of the equipment, and my feet on the belt.This just makes it pretty darn dull and isolating for me.
The Treadmill Doesn’t Feel Good
At the end of the day, the I avoid the treadmill because it doesn’t feel good. My strides don’t feel natural, and I am always worrying about my foot placement. Additionally, my hips and my repaired ankle always ache when I’m finished with a workout. Not the good ache of a job well done, but the niggling ache where you worry that something might be wrong. Would this change if I used the equipment more? Maybe. But I have zero interest in finding out for sure.
Ultimately, for me, the treadmill doesn’t have to be a regular part of my running and walking journey. I have access to one if I absolutely must use it, but I prefer to avoid it, if I can. Even when traveling, I prefer to get out and explore my destination city, rather than sticking to the hotel gym, if I’m comfortable. The one good thing about living in the southeast is that the weather is usually decent enough to be outside, and so that’s where I stay.
Are you Team Treadmill or do you prefer to take it outside like me?
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