Nov 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm #1241755Nov 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm #1545978
Mark McLauchlinBPL Member
@markmclauchlinLocale: Western Australia
Hundreds if not thousands for a treadmill vs less than $100 for a pair of shoes and the open trail, I know which one I choose.
Thanks for the link.
CheersNov 18, 2009 at 3:09 pm #1546217
@jasonklassLocale: Parker, CO
I agree with Mark. I can't understand those people who run like rats on a laboratory treadmill to exercise when they could get the same workout by doing a dayhike in the wilderness.Nov 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm #1546221
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> I can't understand those people who run like rats on a laboratory treadmill to
> exercise when they could get the same workout by doing a dayhike in the wilderness.
Do you WANT them all out in the wilderness, leaving rubbish everywhere and having to be rescued daily?
CheersNov 19, 2009 at 4:58 am #1546349
@johnnybgood4Locale: New Hampshire
>>>I agree with Mark. I can't understand those people who run like rats on a laboratory treadmill to exercise when they could get the same workout by doing a dayhike in the wilderness.<<<
That's easy to say when you live in Denver! Not so easy if you live in Manhatten, or LA, for instance.
I say good for anybody that makes an attempt to exercise.
(I didn't open the link so hopefully I didn't miss anything from just going by the context clues.)Nov 19, 2009 at 7:05 am #1546368
I get enjoyment out of both. During the week I simply can't take a hike (of any duration) to fulfill my exercise needs. My treadmill is a good respite from a hectic day. I actually enjoy running on it, doing some nice, exhausting HIIT at the end of the day. It doesn't replace backpacking and hiking, far from it. But it does act as a nice companion to my weekend endeavors.
But, strangely, I do have a wicked hankering for cheese when I climb off it…..Nov 19, 2009 at 7:23 am #1546375
I have a nephew whose parents think the answers to life's problems come in a pill. He is on ADD and anti-depression medication. I can't help but thinking that the best "medicine" would be a thru-hike of any of a number of wonderful trails. Clean out his mind and body. When I suggest this, you'd think I suggested he go live in a cave or join a commune or otherwise "drop out." Jeez, don't people realize that our modern way of life is in no way "normal" compared to most of our human existance? We humans are natural born wanderers and need to get our feet moving and seeing new scenery, not take a happy pill and zone out in front of the tube.Nov 19, 2009 at 7:41 am #1546381
Thomas BurnsBPL Member
@nerdboy52Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
>But, strangely, I do have a wicked hankering for cheese when I climb off it…..
Ha! I find that if I hang a bit of cheese or a small bit of beef jerky a few inches in front of my head, I walk a lot farther. Also, a nice picture of the Pyrenees helps a bit.
Seriously, my wife bought me one a few Christmases ago, but I'd rather slog through the snow in the neighborhood or a local Metro Park than use it. Too bad, really. It cost a bundle.
Now if I could charge a battery with it or grind corn, that would be another matter. I mean, after all, the "daily grind" seems like a kind of treadmill as it is. Most of us are fighting hard just to stay where we are. A treadmill is not-so-uplifting metaphorical reminder.
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