National Walking Day
One day I was having my treadmill serviced and the maintenance guy told me, “I can tell you actually use this treadmill. It is not a clothes hanger like my other customers.” I had to chuckle when he said that because he was right. Although that compliment was said some years ago, it still holds true. I walk on my treadmill as a form of staying healthy and exercise. Even more so with COVID as it helps with my mental well-being as I continue to shelter in place. I walk a couple of times a week and plan on walking today to honor National Walking Day, started by the American Heart Association as a way to encourage and educate people on the health benefits of walking.
I started walking as a form of exercise in college. Many sunny days in Florida I would lase up my tennis shoes, pop in a cassette tape into my Walkman, and start walking through my neighborhood. Other times I would walk to campus, work, visit friends or to run errands. Ah, those were the days. Walking in the warm weather with the wind blowing softly in my face, and bobbing my head to the latest hit song. When I graduated and moved to Georgia, my walking outdoors abruptly stopped because there was little to no sidewalks and even less respect to pedestrians. I remember when I first arrived reading an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the number of pedestrian fatalities. Yes, that is correct. People dyeing while walking around Atlanta. Well, that wasn’t going to be me. So, I had to figure out other ways to workout. It was a struggle because shortly after I moved, I began to go blind and the traditional methods of exercise were lost to me. Yet, at the end of the day walking was still a possibility. I just had to move it indoors onto a treadmill. So, that is what I did. I purchased my first treadmill in 2003. You won’t believe it but old faithful is still going strong after all these years! I walk for about 30 minutes a couple of times a week. I have long since let go of the cassette tapes and Walkman and now listen to music on my stereo with handheld remote control. Or sometimes I will watch TV, listen to an audiobook or podcast. Here are ten benefits of why I use my treadmill for walking not a clothes hanger.
Benefits of Walking on a Treadmill
1. Treadmills are designed to be easier on your joints, which is great for me and the arthritis in my knee.
2. The weather doesn’t stop me from walking.
3. I can walk anytime of the day or night.
4. As I said before I have watched TV, listened to an audiobook, music or podcast while walking on a treadmill.
5. Treadmills have cup holders for your water bottles, smartphone, and other items so you don’t have to carry them.
6. Treadmills allow you to walk at a constant speed and rhythm, which can be helpful if you tend to walk too fast or have problems pacing yourself.
7. You can hold on to the handrails for stability if you have balance problems.
8. If you have allergies, outdoor pollution or poor walking conditions in your community walking on a treadmill is a better option than walking outside.
9. Treadmills can keep track of heart rate, speed, time and calories burned.
10. You can program the treadmill to set the speed, incline, and difficulty of your walk and change this whenever you want.
I have been able to take advantage of just about all of these benefits of walking on a treadmill. Additionally, my blindness doesn’t impede me from its usage, with some simple braille labeling my treadmill is fairly accessible. As a result, my mental and physical health has improved. The ability to have a stable and consistent form of exercise at my fingertips is critically important to me. That is why my clothes stay in my closet and not hanging on my treadmill. I encourage you to make a commitment to yourself, if you haven’t already, to get some form of physical activity going. Use this day of observance as your jumping off point and get out there and walk.
6 thoughts on “My Treadmill is Used for Walking Not a Clothes Hanger”
THIS IS GOOD
Thanks, I enjoyed writing it. And I did walk this morning grooving to Gladys Knight and the Pips! Remember them? They are a classic.
I LOVE walking, and always have! Happy National Walking Day! For a time, I used to run on the treadmill anywhere from 45 minutes to anhour a day. But my gym is closed now so I’m saving up to buy my own treadmill for my brother and me.
Terrific post! thanks for this wonderful reminder!
Yes, Amy, we are both kindred spirits when it comes to walking. Good for you that you are saving up for a treadmill. There are great ones on the market and ones that you can sync with your phone for better accessibility I am told.
There was a treadmill in our home for many years. I didn’t use it much but my kids did. One of them got so used to it she asked for a treadmill for her birthday when she moved out on her own. Even when looking for an apartment, she made sure to find one where she could use her treadmill whenever she wanted without disturbing her neighbors. That’s why her apartments have always been on the first floor so there will be nobody living under her that she might disturb.
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Way to go for your daughter! Yes, I lived in an apartment too and was concerned about that too. I opted for an exercise bike instead and then got a treadmill when I purchased my home.
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