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Postby Angel » Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:58 pm

How did you work out which treadmill to buy? Can you offer any advice on what to look for or recommend a brand?

I think hiring it before I buy is the way to go but that won't tell me whether it's a good one, or whether it will last.

It's for my rehabilitation (physio suggestion), by way of explanation, I've been very limited to what I can do physically for the past 15 months, showering is a major task so initially it will be for small walks only.
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Postby Groovychic » Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:37 am

I've hired mine. And I went for the best they had. Its costing me $280 for 3 months but I really wanted to make sure I would use it enough. I will most likely hire it for another 3 months and see if I am still using it. I use it nearly everyday and a lot of the times I go on morning and afternoon. I do think you are betting spending a bit more and getting a better quality one. But to get a fairly good one for home you are looking around $2000. It may be worth looking into those schemes where you hire and then buy for a reduced amount. It takes into account how much you have paid etc. The place I have hired mine from sells them also and they take into account how old the machine is. You gotta make sure you still have warranty tho. I don't know if I will buy one as I live an hour from the closest small city and 3.5hrs from Perth, where it would no doubt have to be taken if there was a problem with it. Whereas if I hire then I will just take it back to where I hired it from an hour away and swap it for one that is working. I did initially think that in 6 months I could lose the weight that I wanted to and be able to maintain my good weight with my usual brisk walking. I think that will be the case but the scales are still saying 70 and I have had it for 1 month tomorrow! I have definitely toned up, people are noticing that and asking if I have lost weight, but the scales haven't moved since hiring the treadmill. I know that weight doesn't count as much as what your body looks like but it gets very depressing! :( So my advice would be to purchase one that you can afford, but make it the best that you can get for your money. As for brand.....I really don't know. The one I have here is a health sense and I really like it. I hadn't heard of that brand before. I used a really good one at Bunker Bay resort but it was a quality that a gym uses and when I looked it up on the net it is worth over $6000!!! So I thought hhhmmm not likely to buy one of those then!!! Just try to get as powerful a motor as you can and as wide/long a belt as possible.
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Postby Angel » Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:25 pm

Yeh, I asked about the hire-buy plans, the companies I spoke to make you buy it after 4 weeks or you have to send it back. I didn't really want to spend $2,000 on a treadmill. I was kinda hoping you could get a decent one for around $1,000 - I'm not after anything fancy. Am I being unrealistic?

It must be frustrating for you not to see the scales budge. Are you keeping a food diary? I started counting kilojoules when the scales didn't budge and found that I'd actually been eating more than I should, energy wise I mean.

On the other hand, it must feel wonderful that people are noticing your changing shape. Do you take your measurements too - I find this good if the scales don't budge your measurements usually do. I hope you continually remind yourself that muscle weighs more than fat. Keep it up, you'll get there.
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Postby Groovychic » Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:10 pm

Yeah I have taken measurements and have lost a fair few cms around my stomach and butt......yay. No more "look at that big fat arse!!!". As for the food diary. Yes I do keep one in an exercise book that I fill in dutifully every day and I know damn well what I am doing wrong. I still eat too much crap. Went out for lunch today as well!!!! My mum has decided to go on the CSIRO diet. She's not really overweight just carries a bit around her tummy and the diet is meant to get rid of it. I don't like the sound of it as there is way too much meat for my liking. I eat only a small amount of red meat each week and this requires you to eat a lot more than what I do........about 5 times I normally eat I think. She had this sandwich the other day and it had 50g of ham in, plus salad etc, which was fine but she said it was meant to have 100g!!! She couldn't put that much in. I'm not sure it's a good thing. She has been doing it this week and reckons her pants are a bit tighter today.........hahaha. Mine are looser.....hahaha. I'm pleased about that!!! So yes the shape is looking better but the scales need to catch up.

As for the treadmill. Maybe wait until there is a sale. Keep your eyes open and watch the papers. Over here in the west they advertise a lot in the tv guide in the weekend papers. But do your research first and see how much they are full price. Use the internet. I know I found some on ebay about a month ago and they had good ones selling for around $700 to $800 plus about $400 delivery. So that is another option. They had warranties and stuff but I would check that repairs can be done near to where you live as it is possible they can only be done overseas. So just be double sure if you decide ebay is the way to go. I've had no problems with stuff I have purchased before, 2 floor rugs and a portable DVD, but just check it all out. Hope this all helps. I just need to get strong when it comes to food!!! And socialising. We go out or have people over pretty much every weekend and I always have drinks with them. I know I shouldn't but I do enjoy it. But I don't drink on my own and I normally limit it to 2 or 3. But it's something I have to sort out in my head. Eventually it will click and I will be able to say with pride, hey I am under 70 again!!! It did happen a few weeks back, but then we went on hols!!! :lol:
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Postby Angel » Sat Apr 01, 2006 3:54 pm

Glad to hear those measurements have changed. It sounds as if you know what you could improve on to budge those scales so I hope you get your head in the right space soon - how wonderful would it be to get down to your goal weight!

I can understand your feelings re: CSIRO Diet, they are the only 'health' organisation in the world that is telling people to eat more meat - bit suss. Wow! 100gm of ham in a salad sandwich, thats enough for at least 3 sandwiches! I wouldn't mind betting your Mum will get sick of eating all that meat pretty soon, if its not something you can stick to do forever then I don't really see the point. Meat takes a while to digest, that might explain her bloating.

You're onto something there re: holding off buying the treadmill and waiting for a sale, with the change in weather and no more daylight savings I'd say I should see some on sales very soon, might just pick me up a bargain! For now I'll just hire one and see how I go. Cheers
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Postby Groovychic » Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:33 am

Good on you Angel! We'll have to walk together when you get your treadmill!!! At the moment my sister and I are walking to Singapore!!! Mind you it's like 4300km away and she has been a slack bum and only walked about 30ks!!! I told her she needs to pull her finger out and help me! We are planning on going in May next year so we have a fair amount of time to get the kms up. I'm up over 200ks so far and that has been in a month. So I might have to step up the pace and try and get to nearly 300ks a month. Hopefully she might be able to pick up a bit and do 100ks a month. I better tell her to pull her finger out! Hey I just thought. Your kms can be added to mine and my sisters.....hahaha! We'd be there even quicker then!!!
On a more serious note Angel, just remember to take it slow and see how your body reacts. I've always been fairly fit and not inficted with any health problems, so I can handle doing 6 or 7ks in an hour on the treadmill. But I am sure you know that. And I bet you do get a bargain. I have heard that York are the best ones to get but do some research. And let me know what you find out because I will end up buying one when there is a sale as well. But I do want a good one because i have been using a good one and I know it will drive me mad if I get a cheaper one that I'm not comfortable with!
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Re: Which Treadmill?

Postby shabbychic » Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:57 pm

Angel wrote:How did you work out which treadmill to buy? Can you offer any advice on what to look for or recommend a brand?

I think hiring it before I buy is the way to go but that won't tell me whether it's a good one, or whether it will last.

It's for my rehabilitation (physio suggestion), by way of explanation, I've been very limited to what I can do physically for the past 15 months, showering is a major task so initially it will be for small walks only.


Hi angel, are you still looking for a treadmill? I bought mine new for $800 and it has everything. It is called Sm300 Infiniti Elite. You could look up on the net about this brand to find out all about it. It has everything, does everything and has a keylsafety lock so that you can prevent others from using it The only thing it doesn't do is automatically elevate into the incline positions but that doesn't bother me. If I want a more intense walk I can increase the speed or jog.
When I was out on that particular day I was not intending to buy a treadmill. I passed it outside one of the sports shops with 4 others. They let me try it out first. The bargains are out there, just have to be lucky enough to find them.
Good luck. Maybe you could find one in the local classifieds?? Make sure you try them out first and if they won't let you - don't buy.
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Postby Angel » Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:47 pm

I hired a treadmill and pick it up tomorrow, I'm hiring it for 4 weeks first up to see how I go, hopefully I can use it on a regular basis, never know with CFS.

The one I'm hiring is worth $800 to buy, it goes 7kph, which is more than enough for me while I'm rehabilitating but for when I'm back to my old self (fingers crossed) I'll want one that you can jog on. Be Fit Hire & Sales has a 14kph treadmill for $1095 with a manual incline or $1395 with an automatic. It comes with a 12 month warranty on parts & labour and 5 year warranty on motor & frame and can be repaired locally and I'll have access to their repair person out of the warranty period. This sounds like something I would buy but I'll hire it out first and then make a decision when the time comes, I think I was a little eager!

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Postby Groovychic » Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:41 am

Sounds good Angel. I'd go for the auto incline tho. The one I have hired is an auto and I play with the incline throughout my session. Makes it a little more interesting!!! I like the sound of the warranty and the fact that you can get it repaired locally! I think that is the most important thing. Fingers crossed that you will be healthy again very soon. It sure will make your life much easier! I can't even imagine having CFS. I really feel for you. It must drive you totally mad! I know it would me!
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Postby Angel » Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:22 pm

Okay, no laughing now.

I'm proud to say I've been using the treadmill every day since I got it (a whole 3 days). In total I've used it for 3 mins a day, which for me is pretty damn good. Sure my legs ache like nothing else (no surprise there - haven't exercised for 15 mths) but so far I haven't been totally wiped out by the extra physical activity - crossing my fingers this continues.

Yeh, having CFS does your head in but it's not all bad, I've learnt quite a few valuable lessons along the way, lessons I wouldn't have learnt if I didn't have CFS - like not to take your health for granted! Its challenging some days to stay positive but for an illness with symptoms I can't control at least I'm in control of how I let it affect me. It's a challenge, but one I'm intent on beating!

I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed being on the treadmill, when I'm on it I feel like a normal person (even if it is just for a short period of time). I look forward to being able to use it more.

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Postby kymbahlee » Sat Apr 15, 2006 6:07 pm

I bought my treadmill brand new on ebay (gotta love it) for $490 plus $50 to have it delivered to rural SA. It goes up to 12kmph, 8kmph is jogging fast enough for me! It's great and does everything it needs to except incline, but then I hate hills anyway!. Can't remember the brand but it is 'extreme' something. Ebay constantly has treadmills, just if you buy one make sure you now how much delivery is going to cost to your area first. Definitely recommend buying treadmills on ebay for big savings, but it's a bit of a gamble if it breaks down, although it has a 12 month warranty.
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Postby Dolly » Sat Apr 15, 2006 6:30 pm

I bought my treadmill off ebay too. I got it for $310, it goes to 6 kilometres per hour and does have an incline.
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Postby Angel » Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:30 pm

Thanks guys, I'll keep that in mind for when I'm going to buy one.

I did really well the first week of having the treadmill but this week CFS symptoms have been real bad so I haven't been on it since Monday :( , hopefully my health picks up soon . . . . .
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Postby CrimsonThunder » Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:06 pm

I want to buy a Treadmill, but I dont have enough cash. They sell them on ebay for 400-800.
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