Read on to see how I am implementing this healthy lifestyle change for 2022 and how I plan to make this habit stick
More times than not, living in the Midwest presents some difficulty with less-than-ideal weather. In the past, that made walking not very possible for me when I was stuck indoors during the rainy season or our long, dark winters. This year, I made the goal to make sure that THIS would be the year that I would finally get my health in check. I want to be a good example to my children and that starts with taking good care of yourself.
I am SO excited to share with you my new found love–the ultimate space saving treadmill that can help you keep your fitness goals in check so you don't have to miss days because of the weather.
If you're anything like me and live in a 65 year old cozy “smaller-ish” house, then you know all too well that storage space can be a premium. I have always wanted to put a treadmill in our unfinished basement (since we didn’t have extra space on the main floor for one to fit), but something about hanging out in the basement for more than doing laundry was not appealing to me. My husband has his office down there and is perfectly content, but for me, not my cup of tea. Nope.
So I have been putting off getting a treadmill because we don’t have the open real estate to store one in our main living area that won’t be a focal point of a room. There’s nothing wrong with that, but with my decor, that just won’t work for me. We are lucky enough to have an addition on this original 1950s style ranch, but we are using that room as a family room/school room/my office so I didn’t want a huge treadmill sitting in there either.
After the long winter we have had here in the Midwest, I was itching to get some walking in because nice sunny skies with beautiful spring temps seem so far off for us still. Yes, it is the last day of March, and we had a small dusting of snow this morning. As I type, it is a whopping 31 degrees outside. You guys! Tomorrow is APRIL and we have no end in sight to below 60 degrees temps on our forecasts. Seriously. Welcome to the Midwest.
Needless to say, with all these less than desirable temps, a few weeks ago, I was looking for a treadmill that was a low profile that I could fit under my couch at least ( little did I know until I was about ready to order one, that my couch is only off the ground about 3 inches). Seriously. I'm so glad I decided to measure because that would have NOT been a nice surprise when it was delivered. So back to the drawing board I went. This time, I was thinking maybe I could get something relatively short to fit in the bedroom at the bottom of my closet, although not the ideal set up.
Much to my surprise, I stumbled upon one on Amazon that folded up to a super tiny size! Yep, it folds up and I couldn’t be more smitten with it. It is called the WalkingPad and I believe I have the original model. Amazon seemed to have more models but I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on this thing that I was frankly, still kind of skeptical about.
Me being me, I spent about 4-5 evenings after the kiddos were tucked in bed researching and watching YouTube videos about this "mini treadmill" and at one point, I decided against the WalkingPad and was going to keep looking. However, something drew me back to it a couple of days later and I figured I would take a shot because I had the perfect place it could store if the logistics worked out correctly.
After the first of the year, my mama helped me remodel our school room into a multipurpose family/school/office like I mentioned above. This allowed me to have my beloved popular "item of the pandemic''--the egg chair. That's a whole other story in itself, but I picked mine up from Walmart. It is the Better Homes & Gardens version and it brings me joy every time I see it. I had it out in our gazebo last summer, but it just wasn’t getting the use out there that I had hoped for. But many thanks to my mom for having the genius idea to bring it into our family room as the seating spot and turn it into the perfect reading nook, tablet playing nook, tv watching nook, whatever your heart’s desire! My kids love our new space equally as much as I do. I love walking through and catching a glimpse of them picking a book off the bookshelf to cozy up and read on a slow Sunday afternoon.
To make this space even more perfect, the beautiful thing about it is that the treadmill, when folded up, is about the exact same size as the chair and fits neatly underneath it.
Since the WalkingPad is on wheels (in the front), I am able to just pull it out to the center of the room and walk while I read a book or watch a YouTube video. It is such a great set up and I can see myself taking many walks in there in the future!
Besides the fact that the WalkingPad folds up and rolls around so incredibly easy, I think my favorite part is that it is so minimal in design and also in usage. I just have to plug it in, flip the switch to turn it on, and then hit the start button on the remote. It starts up at a nice and easy pace. I think it is like 1.5 or 2.0 mph and then as I'm going, I can speed it up.
I will admit, it is just as its name implies, a Walking treadmill, and I don’t think it would be a good fit for any serious runners. However, I will say that I was able to get it up to its maximum speed and for someone who is a slow runner, it was sufficient for me to actually jog for a while on it at that speed if I wanted to.
So keep that in mind--this isn't some weak little treadmill that won't allow you to get a good workout in if you so desire.
I have been walking daily, multiple times a day on most days for about 2 weeks now and I haven't had any trouble with it. It is quiet (my son's room is on the other side of the wall and he can only hear the "beep" when I first turn it on if he’s listening for it) so it's perfect for early morning or late walks without disturbing the rest of the household.
The remote to turn it on also keeps track of speed like I mentioned above, and also several metrics like steps, distance, calories burned and time walking. It is minimal in design and easy to learn to use.
Time will tell how this fares for me, but so far, it has been a wonderful addition to our household and I'm thrilled I went for it.
Please check out my other post here for information on how beneficial walking can be for your health.
And if you are interested in getting a WalkingPad for yourself, you can purchase it through my affiliate link here on Amazon. Please keep in mind that these can be hard to keep in stock so if you are also looking for something like this, then don’t hesitate because I don’t want you to miss out. * As of the writing of this article, the seller is offering a coupon you can apply to the purchase which makes this very affordable!
If you purchase one, or already have one for yourself, let me know what you think of it. I have a feeling you will love it as much as I do!