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Will the added pain be worth it?

Jun 13, 2015 8:55 PM

I miss my old treadmill that broke last year. I could walk inside without exposure to asthma or allergy triggers. Back then I was walking about 10mph for 30-45 minutes.

My daughter and her boyfriend are moving and downsizing, so they brought me a Proform 620, a very fancy treadmill. I got on it and just pressed the program button for losing weight. It started at 2.25 mph. My husband started he didn't think I could keep that place, and I commented I was struggling to keep it up. Suddenly the darn thing doubled in speed to 4 mph and I nearly fell off! 😲

I had to unplug it to reprogram it to basic walking. I started it and walked at my normal every day pace... 1 mph! 😱 Omg am I ever out of shape and unconditioned! I walked for 10 minutes and did nearly a quarter of miles (0.238). But hey, it's a start. 👍

My lumbar to my knees hurt and so does the bottom of my feet. I sure hope the additional pain will be worth it, but I can guarantee that it will be a slow & steady progress. 🐢

One good thing is that the side & front handrails make me feel safe, due to my unsteady gait, drop foot, and fall potential. It has a pull key to attach to my clothes and if I fail it stops immediately. Now I'm going to run voltaren gel in my lumbar and calves. 😉. Hope everyone has a blessed and peaceful night! 🙏🌼

Jun 13, 2015 10:05 PM

Slow and steady wins the race. Just ask the tortise!

Jun 13, 2015 11:00 PM

Thank you for your good night wish. I am just beginning to think anout getting up. I suffer from insomnia and have had a bad night. It is now 5am. I also have problems with the soles of my feet. I cannot stand in one place without pain. I am known for my dancing though.

Jun 14, 2015 1:28 PM

That's my plan LMB. I figure if I try increasing the time every few days I'll eventually get back where I was last year.

JollyRoger, I know that feeling well, being awake still at 5 am. I just can't stand it! I always get up if I haven't gone to sleep by 6. I used Ambien for 8-9 years and got where I couldn't speak without it. I sleep now, but wake often to change to a comfortable position. That type sleep is not much better.

Back to the exercise, does anyone know what our how to figure the target heart rate? At rest mine can be anywhere from 68-99. On the treadmill it's going up to 135-146. 🙏🌼

Jun 14, 2015 2:30 PM

Flappsy it will be worth it when you see an increase in your stamina around the house and when you are out and about.

Jun 14, 2015 3:43 PM

Flappy---That's a big increase. When I exercise at a regular level (not pushing it), I think I'm about 110-120. I would think it's because it's difficult for you. Just be careful--yes, the tortoise wins.

Jun 14, 2015 5:25 PM

Starrynight, I was thinking it's a little high too. Unless I get problems I'll just keep going slow. Maybe it's because I'm really very out of shape. 😉 No wonder I feel old! Lol 🙏🌼

Jun 14, 2015 7:25 PM

Hey there Flappsy... Just remember that Slow and Steady wins the race!! I hope it doesn't cause you additional pain for long. How awesome that they gave you the treadmill. Wish I had one myself. Have a blessed and peaceful night with less pain. Sweet dreams everyone, you're all in my prayers. 💕🙏🏻🌺

Jun 15, 2015 1:12 AM

Flappy, I think if it can keep settings that work for you, it could definitely be good.
I remember in physical therapy there was a new tread mill, and it was really hard for me, but I was walking.
I can't say that it will help for sure, and I hope you won't have to reset it repeatedly.
Best of luck!

Jun 15, 2015 8:27 AM

Ferretbandit, I'm just using the basic start & stop until my hubby prints the book. Plus it's going to be awhile before I use the fancy settings. I walked twice yesterday, 10 min each and I was having spasms from my lumbar down the back of both legs last night. 🙏🌼

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