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April 17, 2012 8:27 AM
Anyone read while on their treadmill? I finally have a treadmill again.


What spec you walk at?
I usually walk at a 2.5mph - 3mph pace
total incline

What are you reading?
currently finishing up ""Here's The Deal - DON'T TOUCH ME" - By: Howie Mandel with Josh Young

Keep Steppin,
April 17, 2012 8:30 AM
I don't use a treadmill, but this reminded me of the time I used to read on the elliptical. I wasn't able to focus. I read a whole book, got to the end and couldn't remember a word of it.
April 17, 2012 8:31 AM
Reading on the treadmill makes me nauseous :(

But I rarely walk on the treadmill anyway (usually doing HIIT on it), so that wouldn't really work. But I DO read on the stairmaster--it's the only way I can get through the torture. I like the Janet Evanovich books (One for the Money is the first one). They're funny, quick reads, and I can breeze through them pretty well to distract me from the fact that I'm sweating to death.
April 17, 2012 8:32 AM
I will read while on the treadmill or elliptical, but like an earlier poster said, it's hard to concentrate. I tried reading NROLFW, but I read the same paragraph about 15 times before I finally gave up and just opened up a fictional book on my phone. It really helps make the time go by faster!
April 17, 2012 8:33 AM
When I used to babysit for my neighbors, I'd use their treadmill & read their Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

It was a weird combination.
April 17, 2012 8:35 AM
I used to study flashcards for exams, which worked because I would stare at one card for the entire workout.

But...I get a better workout by listening to music, so I "read" in the car using books on CD (and repeating a lot of tracks/discs because my attention is on driving, not the book, so it takes a few times for information to sink in).
April 17, 2012 8:35 AM

When I used to babysit for my neighbors, I'd use their treadmill & read their Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

It was a weird combination.

hopefully not Titus Andronicus. a.k.a. Shakespeare's Quentin Tarentino period.
April 17, 2012 8:39 AM
I read on the elliptical, I found thath I am able to stay on it longer because I'm so into whatever book I'm reading. So glad I have the Nook on my phone, it makes it easier than turning pages. Right now (and I know I'm behind) I'm reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
April 17, 2012 8:40 AM
I used to read while on the elliptical but the one I used was very sensitive and after about 10 minutes on Level 11 The book changed the level, dang you Hunger Games)devil , thinking I was about to die, I have given up that. Mostly listen to music now
April 17, 2012 8:40 AM
I hate the treadmill. However, if I am reading a good book I WILL opt to walk on the treadmill so that I can read. I've been reading the Hunger Games so needless to say, I have been walking on the treadmill lately :)
April 17, 2012 8:41 AM
I have no time to read on the treadmill or any other cardio machine. I'm on there to workout and go at it hard. I set the incline to max (15%) and speeds of 5.2 and greater seeking to burn 1200 calories per hour or more. I see people reading while working out on various machines but that doesn't work for me. I'm drenched in sweat and full on Beast Mode. I realize its each to their own but if you are really trying to step up your game put the reading materials down and get your fav playlist blaring and get after it. The results will amaze you.
April 17, 2012 8:41 AM
Personal preference but if I'm able to read while I'm running, I'm not really running. I wait to read until after I'm done working out because I can't split my attention to both at once.
April 17, 2012 8:41 AM
I walk on the treadmill at the gym and find it's much easier to read a magazine than a book, as it lies flat and I can let my hands swing as I walk. And I tend to read the fitness magazines there, which motivates me to keep on going. I walk at the 3.7 setting for 35 minutes with a 1.5 incline. I've been able to go longer and with more speed and incline since I started two weeks ago. I totally have to have something to occupy my mind while I walk, whether it's watching the overhead TVs or reading. Otherwise I just notice the time I still have to go. :-)
April 17, 2012 8:42 AM
If I am exercising in any fashion, I want to concentrate on what I"m doing because that is the whole object. For me, I don't quite get the multi-tasking, whether it is reading or talking on the phone or anything else that takes away from me getting feedback from my body. I'm not out for relaxation on the treadmill or the bike or the elliptical. I'm out to BURN some calories and I want to concentrate on all the muscles and joints that are involved. That's just me. For me, it doesn't make sense to be distracted.
April 17, 2012 8:43 AM
my hubby reads while walking on the treadmill or doing the elliptical. he loves magazines. i used to get on facebook (and type too), but i haven't done that in years. :) i can't focus on the keys while i am running (too much bounce).
Edited by godblessourhome On April 17, 2012 8:46 AM
April 17, 2012 8:43 AM
I love to read on treadmill because it's a great distraction, the only problem is i can't go faster then 3mph or I won't be able to follow the page. I use my NOOK because the backlight is easy on the eyes and it's easier to swipe to turn page then having to hold an actual book.

I just read a teeny bopper book called Prince of Wolves that my daughter told me about. I loved it. Easy read while exercising.
April 17, 2012 8:43 AM
I burned 1100 calories in one elliptical session...and im about to expose myself for the nerd I am but...I was reading the second hunger games book... didnt even realize i had been on the machine that long....true story
April 17, 2012 8:44 AM
I watch "Lost" on my tab while walking really fast 4.5mph sometimes on 2 or 3 incline. Works great!
April 17, 2012 8:44 AM
I sometimes read on my stationary bike, right now I'm reading Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris. But most of the time I'm listening to loud music.
April 17, 2012 8:44 AM
I LOVE reading on the treadmill. Only downside is I can't up my intensity the way I should. At most, I can do 3.5. The vibrations from going any faster cause my kindle to slip and eventually fall. BUT, I love how 45 to an hour is gone before I know it!

Currenty reading Private Pleasures...can't remember the author's name but I go through books so fast. I probably read 2 to 3 a week.
April 17, 2012 8:45 AM
Constantly. Usually only on 'rest' days - I've also fashioned an iPad cradle out of string for my treadmill since it doesn't have a built-in book rest! I can only really read at quite a relaxed pace though - anything above 4mph and I struggle to keep my eyes on the page.
April 17, 2012 8:46 AM
I walk only on my treadmill, so I am able to read. Never thought of reading but once I ran out of DVDs to watch I gave my Kindle a try and it worked great.

The time went by so much faster and I had no clue how much I was walking as I was so caught up with my book :)

If I was to run, I would go back to watching DVDs again.
April 17, 2012 9:00 AM
I do try to read while on the stationary bike. :)
But once I start going hard, I have to put it down so I can work!
August 13, 2013 1:33 PM
I do have the same issue, words seem to bounce a lot.

Few days ago I saw a product on which can help reading on a treadmill. Looking for pre-order to start.
August 13, 2013 2:27 PM
Don't read but I do listen to the radio. I find a baseball game or a good talk show and that keeps me going. I am not a fast walker, I had a hip replaced so I usually only do 3.0 MPH but if get the "go fast" feeling I will kick it up to 3.5.

I do this 3 times a day for 10 minutes per session.
Edited by mrpintobean On August 13, 2013 2:28 PM


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