Implementing a Treadmill for Home Rehabilitation
Posted on 2017-01-30
You’ve suffered a setback of some kind. It could be physical injury, or perhaps it’s sickness-related. No matter what the ailment, rehabilitation is tough. There’s a lot of work to do, and often times you have to visit a specialist to do it. That’s exactly why you might want to consider getting a treadmill for home rehabilitation. Fact is that if you have a piece of exercise equipment in your home, you’re 73 percent more likely to exercise, and a treadmill has versatility that can help you build cardiovascular health at a variety of intensities. Let’s take a look at the benefits and how you could implement a treadmill for home rehab as you prepare to make your comeback.
Why a Treadmill?
When it comes to your health, a treadmill can be one of your most powerful tools. For starters, it’s versatile, so whether you’re recovering from serious illness and need to take it easy or you’re sidelined with a shoulder injury and want to put in some aggressive miles, a treadmill can meet your demands. The benefits are off the charts:
- - When recovering from a stroke, home exercise has shown to be just as effective as a rehab facility.
- - Lower blood pressure
- - Reduction in bad cholesterol and an improvement in good cholesterol
- - Continued use helps you avoid a sedentary lifestyle, which is one of the biggest contributors to cardiovascular disease
- - Lessens your risk of developing diabetes
- - Building cardiovascular fitness can mean a 50 percent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease.
- - Improves your state of mind. It can produce an elevated production of mood-elevating endorphins so you feel better more often.
While these benefits are tremendous, the truth is that it’s hard to build consistent, daily habits that help you create this type of health in your life. By having a treadmill in your home, it’s right there. You don’t need to leave the house. You don’t need to fight through traffic. As a result, you’ll be much more likely to create these healthy habits (73 percent more like, in fact) than if you didn’t have a treadmill around at all.
How to Implement
OK, so you know it’s good for you to have a treadmill in your home and use it, but knowing that something is good and actually doing it are two different things. So, how do you make it part of your life so you can create a consistent, daily habit? Glad you asked:
- Set aside a space for the treadmill: If your treadmill is right in the middle of a high-traffic area in your home, then you’re going to be less likely to use it. You don’t want to be in anyone else’s way, Conversely, if you have to shimmy through a bunch of storage boxes to get to the back of the garage just to get on the treadmill, you’re not going to be likely to use it very often, either. The key is to find a place in your home that’s accessible but also not in the way. Perhaps a spare bedroom or a bonus room. It also helps if you have a TV or something in the room to give you some entertainment while you’re exercising.
- Figure out how much to exercise: Before you proceed with a regiment, it’s best to consult a doctor and make sure that you’re healthy enough for physical activity. Depending on what you’re rehabbing from, you might need to take it easy and catch up on Netflix until you’re strong enough to exercise. Once you’re ready to go, you can start small with something like 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise. In many ways, “moderate” is a relative term. For some, that could mean jogging. For others, that could mean walking. Typically, you’re aiming for something between 60% and 75%, but again, consult with your doctor.
- Listen to your body: As you’re rehabbing, make sure you pay attention to how your body is responding. Are you sore the next day? How sore? Is it just soreness, or are you hurting yourself? Are you getting winded or lightheaded at any point while exercising? Keep checking in on your body as you exercise. One of the biggest mistakes people make when they start exercising is pushing their body too fast. Be careful and make sure that you start slow to avoid the risk of injury. Remember, there’s no rush.
- Maintain your motivation: Has this ever happened to you? You start something (whether it’s exercise, learning another language, or finally writing that novel). At first, things are great. You enjoy the process, and you’re making progress. But, as time passes, it gets harder and harder to keep going, and eventually you stop altogether. Don’t let this happen! Focus on the mental side of things so you keep trucking. Find ways to make the experience varied and entertaining. Also focus on your reasons for getting started. Often times, those reasons are strong enough to inspire you to keep going, even if you don’t always feel like it.
- Check your progress: Keep track of your improvements. Not only does it help keep you motivated to see how well you’re progressing, but it also helps you identify when it might be time to set your goals a little higher when your results start to plateau. Without keeping track of your progress, you won’t know whether you’re doing well or not. Develop a system of tracking your progress that helps you continue to improve your fitness.
Rehabilitation is difficult. It’s often a grueling process, and it’s easy to get frustrated along the way. By implementing a treadmill at home, you can supplement any work you’re doing with a therapist or medical professional. You can also make it easier to get the exercise you need, since the treadmill is right there in the next room, not a car ride across the neighborhood. As long as you’re able to put some of the above items into action, your rehab should end up going a whole lot more smoothly.