Jump to content

Is buying a treadmill a waste of money?


  • Please log in to reply
42 replies to this topic

#1 Gembac8019

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:03 PM

Just wondering if it's gonna be a waste of money. Thinking with a good diet and using a treadmill i can shed some kg's..

thoughts?

#2 BearBait

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

Mine is for sale. Used 3 times.

#3 Harmonica

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:07 PM

Many people I know who own one use it as a clothes rack!

#4 Gembac8019

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:08 PM

wink.gif  lol, i have heard many ppl say they use theirs as a clothes rack!! I had a gym membership and all i would use really is the treadmill. I suppose cos i got right into it.

#5 April girl

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:13 PM

Could you hire one first to see if the overall investment is worth it?

#6 Cranky Old Woman

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

Why don't you look into hiring one for about three months and take it from there.

#7 bluedragon

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

Can you not just go for a run around the block or around a local park/oval?

I've never understood the appeal of a treadmill, seems like a huge waste of money to me.

#8 sparkles30

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

I didn't use mine much, as there are always other things to do at home, whereas at a gym that's all there is to do. That said, I still think about getting one again! If you have a big house, go for it, but if it is smallish, it's really not worth the space.

#9 teejay

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:16 PM

The gym ones are so much bigger and better than most treadmills that seem to be available to buy without spending a huge fortune. I had great plans to watch tv and exercise while the kids were sleeping but the treadmill was so noisy - I had to have the tv screaming to hear it - then the kids would wake up. I joined the gym instead.

#10 Fat Amy

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:17 PM

Only if you don't use it. wink.gif
Seriously, the advantages of having a treadmill is that you can go for a jog regardless of the weather and also a huge advantage to me having 3 young children is that I can go for a jog without worrying about finding someone to watch the kids.



#11 soapy

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:28 PM

I use mine at least four times a week. It's too hard with kids to go walking/running and I am too busy with work etc. I do it after the kids have gone to bed and watch TV series to get me motivated to get on it. One of the best things I have ever bought.

#12 Tealdash

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:31 PM

I only brought one as I lived in the Pilbara and it was too freaking hot to be outside, let alone running in it...I used it often at the start and then not so much after...now moving to cooler weather I tend to use it more..I dont know why.. rolleyes.gif

#13 Gembac8019

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:05 PM

I would love to go outside for a run but it's hard to get someone to watch the kids. i have a newborn, a 2 & 4 year old. I had thought of doing power walking with the double pram but my 4 year old can't walk that fast and gets tired easily.. i can't stand going for a slow walk. so thought about getting a treadmill.

#14 **Xena**

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:07 PM

Not if you use it biggrin.gif

#15 Jellyblush

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:11 PM

OP, I don't know about a treadmill, but I bought a spin bike. I set it up in the corner of the living room and made a rule that in any night I was watching TV, at least one show would be watched on it original.gif

Lost 9kg and felt amazing.

I think it's all about working it into your life.

I.e., buy one, put it in garage, forget it, not good .Find a way to make it natural part of life, it'll be one of the best decisions you ever made.

My other tip is look on ebay or gumtree! Heaps of people selling!

#16 sophiasmum

Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:49 AM

I used mine a lot, like nearly everyday, until I got into running outside. Now it's hardly used. But it's a good backup in winter if it's too cold or too dark or too rainy to do it outside.

#17 lotsofbots

Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

sold DH tread mill last night, took a bit of doing cost a fortune got nothing for it.  I will miss the clothes rack lol

#18 Rolex

Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:02 AM

I was using mine at least 4 mornings a week before I fell pregnant, and lost 7kg in about 4 months.

It hasn't been used much since I fell pregnant, firstly due to morning sickness and fatigue, and now I just can't be bothered, I'm still so tired all the time!   But I do plan to use it to lose pregnancy weight later this year original.gif

I think they're great.  I couldn't go out for a walk in the mornings because I had 3 kids, often still asleep, and a DH who leaves for work at 4am.  So it was a great option for me.

#19 gabbigirl

Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:09 PM

I am another one trapped at home with the kids..so a treadmill has been great.  I bought  a quality second hand one off gumtree.  The kids know that during rest time mummy goes on the treadmill.  I was doing  couch to 5 program and the kids would yell out the instructions...run mummy run...walk mummy walk..  rolleyes.gif

We have it in the living area as it won't get used in the garage.

#20 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

The second hand store in this tiny weeny town had 6 lined up outside yesterday!


I would strongly suggest getting a second hand one - I suspect they are easily available and cheap!

#21 ~Tranquillity~

Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:17 PM

Good for when you've got kids and can't get out of the house - as long as the kids are sleeping or will happily sit and watch telly for half an hour and not try to climb all over the treadmill! I second hiring one to see if it does suit you before buying.

#22 Frau Farbissina

Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

we have one, my use of it has dropped to zilch. DH loves it and uses it  for at least 2 -3 times a week. So for us it's not a waste, and ummmmm...I'm really going to get back on the treadmill...one of these days - no really, I am!!! biggrin.gif

If you are not sure, I agree with hiring...or going to the gym to use it

#23 DandS

Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

If you are committed to using it, it is great to have one. I have one that I got given to me, via Gumtree, and it got a lot of use last winter as I was training for a half marathon, and it was often hard to get outdoors when they days were so short. I haven't used it for months now, as I much prefer to run outside and there is enough time to get out in the mornings for my runs (training for another half marathon). While I am glad I have the treadmill, I find it mind numbingly boring (even when I watch stuff on the iPad as I run), and prefer outdoor running a million times more.

#24 Vickery

Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

I walk every day, even in the rain - it's great to be outside and a great excuse to get the kids out too. When my kids were little I put the newborn and toddler in the pram and my 3 year old rode a bike.

#25 Feral-Lausii

Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:57 PM

I have one. I don't use it much as I prefer the gym. Mine is a good brand too, just a bit older and noisy. The treadmills at the gym I can plug my headphones in and watch tv. (tv is on the treadmill screen). Makes time go so much quicker. My one at home I used a bit when I was trying to get my fitness up and was a bit shy to go to the gym. I guess I really should dust it off and sell it..




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

That's commitment

First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.