The #1 fear that people have when investing in a home treadmill
(or any piece of exercise equipment) is that they won’t use it.

You know the story. It gets delivered, you set it up and enjoy
it for a few days…and then it sits…and waits.

A few months down the road, you notice how dusty it has become
and how much space it’s taking up. And you remember how much
weight you were determined to lose by using it faithfully every
day. But now, unfortunately, it doubles as a clothes rack.

Never fear. This article will help you make sure that DOESN’T

A treadmill provides the best overall cardiovascular workout &
it’s still the number one exercise machine for those who want
to lose weight. So it’s an investment in your health that will
pay large dividends…if you are prepared to get the maximum
benefit from it!

Here are 5 easy ways to get the BEST use from your home

#1) Do your research first

Make sure you look at what each treadmill offers you and
compare it to your unique needs.

For example, if you live in a condo and/or like things neat and
clean, a folding treadmill might suit you best. If you want a
folding treadmill, do you prefer a manual folding treadmill
(like most folding treadmills) or do you want a shock-assisted
folding treadmill with wheels on the bottom that’s easy to

If you like to drink water during your workout, make sure
there’s a water bottle holder included in the treadmill console
(it might surprise you how many treadmills do not have this

Do you get bored easily and need a challenge? What about
getting a treadmill with lots of user programs or one that is
iFit compatible?

These things may seem little and maybe it might cost you a bit
more; but if it means you’re actually going to enjoy your
workout it will be well worth it!

#2) Place the treadmill in a ‘happy’ spot.

By ‘happy’ I mean well-lit, open and stimulating. Don’t put it
so you face the bare wall when you walk or run. I’ve tried this
this and the workouts don’t last long! If you get bored easily,
put it facing the television or facing a window where you can
have an attractive view while working out.

Rooms and spaces have definite ‘feels’ to them and that will
affect the success of your workouts. Make sure your treadmill
is placed in an area that makes you feel energized, happy and
mentally stimulated.

#3) Get your exercise arsenal ready BEFORE the treadmill

Do you like listening to fast music when you exercise? Do you
like watching your favorite movies? What about reading
magazines? What inspires you to work out and feel your best?

Get these things ready even before your treadmill arrives and
you’ll be three-quarters of the way there. Have several workout
or favorite CD’s around. Get your favorite movies or shows on
tape. Gather your favorite magazines.

By having an ‘exercise’ stash around your treadmill, you’ll be
inspired to workout AND you won’t be stuck running around
looking for something to do when you want to start exercising.

Again, this may seem simple, but it works. Why do you think
gyms have magazines, televisions and CD players handy?

#4) Make an exercise plan.

Before you start working out, try making a plan, a “roadmap to
your rock-hard body” so to speak. By writing down how long and
what kind of workout you’ll be doing in week 1, 2, 3, 4 etc,
you’ll get yourself psyched up for success.

Remember that every time you workout, you are planting the
seeds for the kind of dream body that you want.

By having a plan, you can see just how many seeds you’ve
planted (and even how long it will take to start reaping the
results!) Have fun with it and you’ll be motivated to achieve
your health goals (and get maximum benefits from your

#5) Track your progress

Ok this is related to #4 but it’s more of an ongoing thing. By
tracking your progress every day, you get a major sense of
accomplishment which snowballs into even greater fat-burning

I suggest you have ‘minimum goals’ like “I’ll walk for at least
10 minutes.” or “I’ll do 5-30 second intervals.” These are easy
to do and you’ll probably go beyond them – which will encourage
you even further and heighten your sense of accomplishment.

And of course, you’re also getting maximum benefit from your

Those are 5 ways to get best use from your home treadmill. Just
remember that even a little bit of preparation will pay off
large dividends in the long run.

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