It is that time of year again when the weather reaches 20 or below and the wind seems to cut through the three layers of moister wicking fabric you've forced on your body. It is at times like these that I lace up the shoes and head for the treadmill at the gym. However, I do so with trepidation because it seems like people leave their common sense at the door and end up making some pretty poor choices when the treadmill is involved.
Here are 5 things I've recently been exposed to. This is certainly not a comprehensive list of the madness that has graced the walls of the many gyms I've been through. If you are reading this and you have been known to do one or more of these things, please take a moment to use your brain.
Things to avoid while using a Treadmill
1) Spending 1 hour on the treadmill and then heading to the weight bench to start your workout.
No one wants to be exposed to your back, chest, or butt sweat. Change clothes, then come back out and lift with the rest of us.
2) Using a cell phone while on the treadmill.
There are few things to concentrate on when running in place. We do not need to be drawn into your conversation about how your best friend stole your boyfriend.
3) Singing out loud with your iPod.
Again, fellow runners on the treadmills around you are trying to get through their workouts. We do not need to hear you singing your favorite Britney Spears ballad. Oh, and don't wave your hands in the air... very bad.
4) Running on the treadmill that makes the spine tingling screech noise.
Yes, not every treadmill is created alike and at times you will pick the machine that knocks, squeaks, or rattles. However, if you get the treadmill that makes the constant high pitch screech... turn the machine off, apologize to your fellow runners, and wait patiently for another machine. Oh, and tell the next guy that the machine sucks so he doesn't fall into the same trap.
5) Keep your eyes to yourself.
This is probably one of the toughest things to keep yourself from doing but trust me, it will help everyone out. Don't start keeping track of what your neighbor is doing, this will only lead to ill conceived competition, or even worse, injury. Once you start silently competing with the runner next to you, the pace and or incline begin to increase and the next thing you know... one of you is on the floor and the other is straddling the treadmill belt at 12 mph.
Today's Run Summary
Distance: 5 Miles
Pace: 7:45 per mile