January 4 – Treadmill Hell

…when you’re working out, don’t feel compelled to keep up with anyone else.


Melissa and I went to the gym where we still have a membership and mounted the treadmills. I started slow, but picked up to the “standard” 4.0 mile per hour pace. I really hate treadmills. I hate treadmills because they make you walk on a hard, flat surface that has no “give” to it. I know that streets have no “give” either, but the difference is that there’s a lot of variance in sidewalks and streets. Their unevenness conforms better to your shoes and feet. Plus, there’s no variation on a treadmill. It remains steady at whatever pace you set. 4.0 miles per hour is a pretty brisk pace to maintain for 45 minutes. If you don’t believe me, try it.

It was a good workout, but I found myself in a lot of foot and leg pain at that pace. If I’d stayed at 3.5 miles per hour, it would have been far more comfortable, but somewhat longer. Melissa finished before me (about two minutes), which didn’t bother me because everyone has their own pace.

My advice is, that when you’re working out, don’t feel compelled to keep up with anyone else. Don’t ever try to lift more, run faster, or stretch farther because of who you think is watching. Work at your own pace. You’ll experience fewer injuries and a more enjoyable workout. You’ll also be able to maintain a workout routine for a longer period of time, if you’re not feeling intimidated by someone else’s awesome-looking workout.

Don’t compare yourself to other people; you are on your own journey. Feel free to leave comments and questions about your workouts, routines, and any advice that you might have for others in the comments area.


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