I’ll say from the outset, this article about creating a fitness schedule will not be for everyone. It involves a treadmill. I love running on a treadmill but I also realise that a treadmill is not for everyone. So if it’s not, feel free to go onto the next post. However if you are open to walking or running on a treadmill, keep reading.
I have found it hard over the years to build fitness activities into my schedule. Between taking the kids to and from school or childcare, along with work, it’s hard to find time during daylight to run. It was then that I realised that for me to fit running into my fitness schedule, I had to do things differently.
So I decided to try something different.
I hired a treadmill. I did not know whether I would like a treadmill in the house, but it has meant that I keep fit in spite of my schedule.
I hired one just through googling “treadmill hire” and found a company where I could hire a treadmill for 3 months. I then had the option of buying it at the end of the 3 months. Based on how often I used it, I took up this option.
How it works for me
- I find that the only time my schedule allows me to run is when it is dark outside. I know that I don’t want to run outside when it’s dark and so that’s when I use the treadmill
- I either get up early in the morning before work, have a quick run on the treadmill and then get ready for work
- Mostly though, I run on the treadmill straight after I put the kids in bed. This means I am not working out too close to bedtime. If I did, I would find it really hard to get to sleep! There have been many nights where I have put the kids in bed, jumped on the treadmill, only to have one of them toddle out and try to stall going to bed. It’s then that I tell them this is my running time and I have my headphones in. I stick to this and don’t get off the treadmill unless it’s clear there’s something obviously wrong. They know I’m not getting off the treadmill so they have learned to go back to bed
- I bought a treadmill that folds up, which means that it doesn’t have to be stretched out the whole time. I wheel it out from the corner of the room and fold it out to use. After I have used it, I fold it back up and put it back in the corner.
If you’re unsure whether you should try this, remember you can hire one for three months and try before you buy. Without a treadmill, there is no way I would have a pretty regular fitness schedule.
If you want further incentive, my kids are now 10 and 8 and ask to use it too!
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