One of the frequent refrains in the discussion of Angry Gray Rainbow’s “I Hate Exercise” post was the dislike of exercise bikes, treadmills, and other “hamster-wheel exercise-for-the-sake-of-exercising”. I grinned when I saw it, because yes, I’d rather walk to someplace than walk in place or around the block.
But, then, there’s today. Today my leg is hurting. Uneven strides and uneven walking surfaces are painful…and the treadmill offers me a level walking surface and an enforced uniform speed. Trying to correct my slight limp as I walked over to the office’s mini-gym I wasn’t sure even that would help, but I did 20 minutes on the treadmill with no limping and no pain. I finished with a variety of stretches.
So…yeah. Boring, yes. Purposeless…depends on what your purpose IS.
That said, treadmill distractions can be nice. Today’s treadmill distraction: Barefoot Contessa: Snapper with mustard and creme fraiche; broccoli with parmesan, basil, and lemon; whole fingerling potatoes.