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    • Two hundred years ago, the treadmill was invented in England as a prison rehabilitation device. It was meant to cause the incarcerated to suffer and learn from their sweat. It would mill a bit of corn or pump some water as a bonus.

      Today, the treadmill is used as an exercise rehabilitation or training device. It helps athletes and fitness enthusiasts and runners suffer and learn from their sweat, like rate, tempo and volume.

      Not much has changed really. A torture device is still a torture device. Perception vs Reality :-)

    • Haha, I love riding the stationary bike for fitness. But I just can't bring myself to run on a treadmill. I'd much rather run in the rain. :)

    • The treadmill is the only way I run! I started running outdoors, long ago, but my current regular running routine is 100% treadmill. There were a lot of obstacles to running outdoors: personal safety (I can run on the treadmill at 10 pm without any worries or reflective safety gear!), having to be at least marginally decently dressed, but most especially, being able to breathe. I have asthma, and pollen, cold, and exhaust could all cut a run short for me. Treadmill is the only way I have been able to work up a routine!

      And I can watch movies or play iPad games, which reduces the horrible torment of it a lot. And it is very horrible, especially given my still protesting lungs!

    • I love it and I hate it. Convenience is great and when I don’t feel like running all I have to do is stop and I’m right where I started. If I’m out on the road and I have to stop for whatever reason, it is a pain if I have to trek back miles to where I started. But on the other hand you do feel more free and alive when running outside. No clear winner for me.

    • I too cannot do a treadmill without suffering. I think what I love about running is the movement through space. This is especially true for me when I'm in a new town or city; running is a great way to get to know a new place. I wish I could just get a workout done on a treadmill at the gym, but for whatever reason, I just get so burnt out and bored so fast. I'm jealous of all you treadmill enthusiasts!

    • The human race evoved to run. Sure, we also have more brainpower, but our physical strategy has always been to beat pray in endurance runs. I feel we do it better when we do it the natural way.

    • Running is the bane of my existence. I wish I liked it. I've tried outdoors and indoors (treadmill) but cannot ever find that elusive "runner's high" I always hear about.

      I've done a few 5ks and 1 Tough Mudder, that's all my racing experience, but even those were for fun and the experience and not for making a good time.

      No matter how I run I can never get to that point where it's enjoyable.

    • I used to hate the treadmill. Now I love it. Kidding. I don't hate it any longer, I just accept it as part of my life now...

      I use it for interval training. I prefer it to running outside because I can take a very measured and specific approach to the workout and focus on improvement.

      Something along the lines of...

      2 min warm up > 1-2 min fast run >1 min sprint
      1 min jog
      45 second sprint > 45 second walk > 1 min sprint

      rinse and repeat.

      22 - 25 minutes total broken down into 8 - 15 minutes sets, 2-4 times per week with HIIT weight training between sets. It's hard, I love that.

    • Treadmills are great if you use them properly. I often see people buying into a promise of a great body. Running on a treadmill is hard and there is no way around this. So most people do a few runs and give up, while others use it properly for specific workouts and rainy days.

      Here are a few benefits of running on a treadmill:

      1. Weather and daylight are a non-issue. If you are a runner you know how much mental energy it takes to properly dress for all kinds of weather and time of day 😉

      2. Exact pace and gradient. If you are targeting a specific pace or time for a race just pick it and see if you can hang on. No guesswork is needed. If you are falling off the treadmill it means you need to train more.

      3. It keeps you honest. If you have a treadmill at home it takes a ton of space. You’ll are walking past it all the time and it serves as a reminder that you should use it or get rid of it.