People often ask me why I always choose the indoor treadmill when I buy new home exercise equipment. You would think that after some many years pounding away on my treadmill that I would eventually feel like making a change and go for something different to brighten things up.
I can understand why someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy exercise or doesn’t train for a particular sport would want to change things up every so often. Me on the other hand, I love to run. To be honest I think running is in my blood, I really don’t know what I would do without it.
Although I prefer to run outdoors whenever possible, during the winter months the thought of getting out in the freezing weather doesn’t often appeal. Having a treadmill in my house is a saviour during these months and if I didn’t have it I would be a shadow of my former self by the time spring came back round if I couldn’t get my workouts done on my trusty exercise machine.
So if you’re like me and you love to run then I believe you should be looking to get a treadmill whenever you are in the market for a new exercise device. To keep in top shape in a particular movement you need to be practicing that specific movement. There is surprisingly little crossover effect when you train on say a rower or stepper and if you find yourself using these exercise machines instead of a treadmill you will lose far more of your conditioning during the off-season.
For many people choosing exercise equipment throws up all sort of difficult questions but if you are a runner you’re lucky because you don’t have any decisions to make.