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15 Jan, 2014

My tips for treadmill success

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

If you had to rate your energy levels on a scale of one to ten (one is barely getting out of bed and ten has energy to spare) how would you rate yourself? And if you could do something small to improve your energy level by a couple points, would you do it? (I’m thinking about tomorrow’s post already.)

So. I’ve been doing this treadmill thing for a couple of weeks, and, good news, I haven’t quit yet. I don’t want to sound like I’m tooting my own horn here, but I wanted to share a few things that I’ve done to make it a little easier on myself. Who knows. One of these things might help you too.

  • My gym clothes are super comfy. Nothing pinchy or tight that I need to struggle to get into. (I’m looking at YOU, SQUEEZY GYM BRA THAT LEAVES A DENT IN MY TORSO.)
  • I always leave my treadmill outfit in plain view on the chair in our bedroom, that way, it’s always THERE when I get up in the morning. I roll out of bed and put it on right away. For some reason this helps.
  • As per that previous post, I do not check Facebook before treadmill time. This would be akin to eating dessert before dinner. I JUST DON’T DO IT.  I catch up on Facebook while I’m on the treadmill. I haven’t fallen off yet. Yay me!
  • Sometimes I eat breakfast beforehand. I’m trying to be better at regular breakfasts. Coffee comes after.
  • Treadmill time = twenty minutes. Sometimes it’s hard to do, and I’m itching to get off, but I don’t. I have to think to myself, if I can’t invest twenty measly minutes into my health every day, I am a stupid idiot.
  • I’ve recently added my LiteBook to the mix. I will report on that later.
  • When my time is up I find myself sufficiently sweaty and out of breath (this is GOOD). I take my shoes off, go upstairs, make a coffee, regroup, and get on with my day.

That’s it! So far it’s working. I’m pretty happy about that.

3 Responses to "My tips for treadmill success"

1 | Louise

January 15th, 2014 at 2:29 pm


Hmmm…not checking Facebook first…what a concept ;) Will have to employ that strategy once I kick this flu and get on my elliptical! Good for you, Andrea!

2 | Kim

January 15th, 2014 at 7:59 pm


Oh my, I really need this inspirational post! I’ve been trying to be more disciplined with my treadmill. Usually I am up at 6 a.m., put on a pot of tea, and wait for DD (15) to get ready for school. This is when I check FB, Twitter, weather, etc. I think I wil join you in surfing while treading! Thanks for the boost.:-)

3 | Valerie

January 17th, 2014 at 11:47 am


good tips. I need this. I actually skipped it last night because I told myself I didn’t have time, yet had time for 30 min on FB. It’s too easy to just slump at the end of the day.

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