Running for fitness, weight loss, or simply as an aerobic exercise remains popular for good reasons. It’s simple, convenient, and functional. Running on a treadmill makes this simple workout even more accessible. Whether transitioning to the treadmill during the winter months or starting a running program for the first time, a running treadmill offers some distinct training advantages. Here’s what you need to know get started running on a treadmill.
2. Remember that whatever you pay attention to grows in your mind.
If you focus on what’s going wrong in your life—especially if you see it as “bad luck” you can do nothing about—it will seem blacker and more malevolent.
In a short time, you’ll become so convinced that everything is against you that you’ll notice more and more instances where this appears to be true. As a result, you will drown yourself in negative energy and almost certainly stop trying, convinced that nothing you can do will improve your prospects.
Not long ago, a reader (I’ll call her Kelly) has shared with me about how frustrated she felt and how unlucky she was. Kelly’s an aspiring entrepreneur. She had been trying to find investors to invest in her project. It hadn’t been going well as she was always rejected by the potential investors. And at her most stressful time, her boyfriend broke up with her. And the day after her breakup, she missed an important opportunity to meet an interested investor. She was about to give up because she felt that she’d not be lucky enough to build her business successfully.
It definitely wasn’t an easy time for her. She was stressful and tired. But it wasn’t bad luck that was playing the role.
Fatalism feeds on itself until people become passive “victims” of life’s blows. The “losers” in life are those who are convinced they will fail before they start anything; sure that their “bad luck” will ruin any prospects of success.
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They rarely notice that the true reasons for their failure are ignorance, laziness, lack of skill, lack of forethought, or just plain foolishness—all of which they could do something to correct, if only they would stop blaming other people or “bad luck” for their personal deficiencies.
Your attention is under your control. Send it where you want it to go. Starve the negative thoughts until they die.
I explained to Kelly that to improve her fortune and have “good luck”, first decide that what happens is nearly always down to her; then try to focus on what works and what turns out well, not the bad stuff.
Then Kelly tried to review her current situation objectively. She realized that she only needed a short break for herself — from work and her just broken-up relationship. She really needed some time to clear up her mind before moving on with her work and life. When she got her emotions settled down from her heartbreak, she started to work on improving her business’ selling points and looked for new investors that are more suitable.
A few months later, she told me that she finally found two investors who were really interested in her project and would like to work with her to grow the business. I was really glad that she could take back control of her destiny and achieved what she wanted.
Your “fate” really does depend on the choices that you make. When random events happen, as they always will, do you choose to try to turn them to your advantage or just complain about them?
Treadmill running is a great workout on its own, or as a complement to training outdoors. Treadmill running is convenient and gives you the option of being greater control of your workouts. You can choose pre-programmed workouts that focus on speed, incline, or heart rate and you can deliberately set your pace to challenge you to become faster. Additionally, the cushioning provided by the treadmill deck lets you continue your training while reducing some of the stress of running outdoors. Having a running treadmill in your home makes sticking to your training plan possible when bad weather or busy schedules get in the way. If you’re running on a treadmill to lose weight or increase fitness, you can stick to the treadmill for all of your runs. If you decide to train for a road race or event, alternating treadmill running with outdoor runs will fully prepare you for your big day while letting you enjoy the comfort and convenience of a treadmill in your home.
About the writer: Joli Guenther is a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and clinical social worker practicing in and around Madison, Wisconsin. Learn more about Joli.
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