The Perfect Home Gym: ProForm Treadmill And A Pair Of Weights

by Kathy
(North Carolina)

In the past 30 years, I have owned two ProForm treadmills. That speaks volumes for the quality and longevity of life for this particular brand, especially since I use this treadmill 6 days a week and it has never gone longer than a week without consistent use.

The current treadmill I own simply says "Proform LS" (no model number specified, probably as it was an "original" model…LOL). There are no bells and whistles on this treadmill, other than the addition of "crosswalk" arms and adjustable incline. It doesn't monitor your heart, or have built-in video and speakers. It just does what a treadmill is supposed to do: it lets you select your speed and tells you the distance you have walked.

Initially, I purchased my first ProForm treadmill to lose weight, but have now found it to be a vital part of weight maintenance and overall physical well-being. Although I have read about the additional benefits of the included "crosswalk" arms, I myself prefer not to use them. Not holding on to anything while walking gives better overall results (in my opinion). I also do not use the incline feature. I find this makes walking much more difficult and I tend to procrastinate and "dread" my workouts if they feel like work.

On the other hand, you get out of a treadmill what you put into it. If you want to lose weight, you need to increase the speed; vary the speed; prolong the duration; or a combination of these. As with any fitness equipment, over time your body will become accustomed to the routine and it will feel like your equipment is failing you. That is not the case at all. Just change up your routine and, once again, the equipment will do what it is intended to do.

When I need to take off some weight, my ProForm treadmill routine is as follows: brisk walk for 3 minutes, followed by jogging for one minute, back to a brisk walk for 3 minutes, etc. for a total duration of one hour. Of course, additionally, I have to watch my calorie intake.

Then, to tone my body during weight loss, I like to include a 20 minute DVD "sculpting" (workout with weights) routine a few times a week. It also helps to have a TV set up in front of the treadmill, to help pass the time and, sometimes, actually lose track of time while walking. Listening to music via headphones is another good alternative to a TV.

Over the years my weight has fluctuated up and down, diets have failed and there have been times when I was ready to "throw in the towel." But I have also discovered that when I am once again ready to work at weight loss, my Proform treadmill and a pair of weights is all I need to get back into shape.

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