How long do you run on a treadmill for? 30 minutes maybe?

  • Danskerb

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    Apr 16, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    I was doing my regular 5 miles today, and my music goes dead. So I'm just looking around at the treadmill, and notice the ''30 minute maximum'' sign on the treadmill.

    I'm curious if someone were to do an experiment of how long people in a gym would run for, if all the treadmills said ''30 minute maximum'' compared to ''40 minute maximum''.

    I feel like I very often see people do between 25 - 30 minutes, whether they are walking or running. I'm curious if its because that is the socially acceptable time to be on a treadmill. If we raised that little sign to 40 minutes would everyone just treat that as the new normal??

    Maybe this can solve obesity in America! icon_razz.gif
    ... I think I'll have my music charged for tomorrow... haha.
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    Apr 16, 2013 7:18 AM GMT

    Never been to a gym with time restrictions on the treadmill:icon_eek.gif
    Here in United Kingdom



    Bxp011Maybe this can solve obesity in America!



    I think it will take more then that to solve obesity in America &
    United Kingdom.
  • joxguy

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    Apr 16, 2013 1:52 PM GMT
    30 minutes really sucks. It takes a good 6 minutes to get you heart rate up to where the run is doing any good, then a minimum of 20 minutes to reach its peek. It is at the peek rate where you are doing yourself some good, so 30 minutes only gives you 4 minutes of peek running. 40 minutes should be the minimum.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Apr 16, 2013 1:59 PM GMT
    40-50. I don't run the entire duration; I try to split it evenly into jogging and running on a low incline, and power walking up a moderate to high incline.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Apr 16, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    I always try to stay on for a full hour running incline
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    Apr 16, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    I will never understand why treadmills are used, when there is the whole earth to run on. icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 16, 2013 6:04 PM GMT
    I always try to do at least 20mins tread mill a every other day. somedays I could go 40-50 mins depending on how am feeling that day.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 16, 2013 6:11 PM GMT
    I do the elliptical.. for 35 minutes currently. I boost it up almost to the max for a portion of it and I'm usually way ready to finish and walk when I'm done.
    Very beneficial, however.
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    Apr 16, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    italianmisarc saidI will never understand why treadmills are used, when there is the whole earth to run on. icon_eek.gif
    Sometimes it's actually kind of dangerous (heat stroke, hypothermia, getting your ass mugged/shot, etc.) to run outside. I personally prefer to not use treadmills.

    I think 30 minutes is just the go to time to prevent people from hogging the time on there.


    Yeah ok but gyms are packed of people running like mouses. Use other cardio instruments, but not the treadmill.
  • Fritter

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    Apr 16, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
    I think the most I've done on treadmill is 45 minutes. On the treadmill I rarely run, usually I have a brisk walk up a steep incline. I vary cardio machienes all the time.
  • FredMG

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    Apr 16, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    I'll run 40-45 minutes.

    the 30 minute limit is probably more of a "share and play nice" thing. I'd say if you get to the end of your 30 minutes, and half the treadmills are empty, just run as long as you want.
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    Apr 16, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
    I used to run more than an hour on the treadmill three days a week. Running outside is more fun, but my heart rate is much easier to control on a treadmill. I've cut back to running 30 minutes twice a week to focus on gaining muscle.

    I would assume that the "30 minute maximum" is as a courtesy for people waiting for a treadmill. My gym has plenty of treadmills. I never see anyone waiting.
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    Apr 16, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
    *Yaa-a-w-w-w-nn*
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    Apr 16, 2013 8:47 PM GMT
    I dislike treadmills as I came to a near cropper a couple of times, had I not slammed on the Emergency Stop button. I prefer to go out for a run, normally with a companion. The duration of the run being about 40 minutes, or about five miles at an eight minute mile pace.

    However, in the gym, I use the Ark trainer. It's similar to an elliptical except that the feet swing back and forth at an alternate arc motion. I take two 35 minute sessions with a short break in the middle. The first session is slow but high resistance and I burn off around 620 calories. The second session is low resistance and fast, yet I still burn off a further 620 calories, totalling 1,240 calories burnt off in a combined 70 minute session.

    The exercise can be tedious, but working out to music goes a long way.
  • kevmoran

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    Apr 16, 2013 9:19 PM GMT
    italianmisarc saidI will never understand why treadmills are used, when there is the whole earth to run on. icon_eek.gif

    That's cause you live in Italy bub... it's a blizzard 5 months out of the year here, so that's when I use the treadmill. I rarely run less than 45 minutes, you can't burn very many calories with less time than that (worth mentioning the calorie counter on treadmills is drastically off). I usually run 1-1.5 hours.
  • Fable

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    Apr 16, 2013 10:15 PM GMT
    lol running

    wut is dis.


    I hate running. Cycling and rowing much better
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    Apr 16, 2013 10:17 PM GMT
    kevmoran said
    italianmisarc saidI will never understand why treadmills are used, when there is the whole earth to run on. icon_eek.gif

    That's cause you live in Italy bub... it's a blizzard 5 months out of the year here, so that's when I use the treadmill. I rarely run less than 45 minutes, you can't burn very many calories with less time than that (worth mentioning the calorie counter on treadmills is drastically off). I usually run 1-1.5 hours.


    well I did run in Sweden as well, not exactly the warmest and lightest place on earth during winter...but yeah, i understand that during winters it feels better inside...
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    Apr 16, 2013 10:18 PM GMT
    I usually run by miles, not minutes.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Apr 16, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    I have yet to figure out what people are thinking (usually women but occasionally I'll see a man do it) when he/she sets the incline high and then holds on to the display and leans back. Annoys me to no end but I've never said anything to anyone.

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    Apr 16, 2013 11:05 PM GMT
    italianmisarc saidI will never understand why treadmills are used, when there is the whole earth to run on. icon_eek.gif
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    Yeah ok but gyms are packed of people running like mouses. Use other cardio instruments, but not the treadmill.

    Haha... so true. But if you live in the city, too many cars to bother with.
    Oh, and it's "mice". icon_razz.gif
  • waccamatt

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    Apr 16, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
    I rarely use the treadmill, it gives me shin splints. I prefer the elliptical - low impact and works your arms and legs.
  • Danskerb

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    Apr 17, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    Haha, I really like the photo of the girl leaning back and running. I can't say I've seen that.

    I've had someone explain that holding on while running on the treadmill is pretty useless too, as it becomes even more unnatural. I think if your going to go on an incline, just go us high as you don't have to hold on. Maybe work towards a higher incline, as long as you don't have to hold on.
    I don't like the elliptical. If feels so unnatural to me. And I don't understand why I need to hold on to the arm things. I just feel like I'm flailing around. (is that a word??)

    I've just started using the treadmill last November, as the first snow began to fall.
    We get some cold minus 30 days, and at the moment, as our 2 meters of snow is melting, we are left with puddles a couple feet deep. I'm just avoiding my outdoor running until summer.

    I do think that the 30 minute time limit is to keep the machines open for people who want to use it. But I also think it promotes people to run only for 30 minutes, when people could maybe benefit from running for more than 30 minutes. I wont ever get off the treadmill if I'm using it. If I'm having a good run, and I want to go for an hour, then I'm going that long. At the same time, If I'm only walking for 50 minutes, then my gym also provides a small track that would probably be better for walkers. (not ideal for runners)

    Hmm, at the same time, after I finish my half marathon in a couple weeks, Im going to take a different approach my cardio, and focus more on sprinting than distance.
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    Apr 17, 2013 7:59 AM GMT
    TerraFirma said
    italianmisarc saidI will never understand why treadmills are used, when there is the whole earth to run on. icon_eek.gif
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    Yeah ok but gyms are packed of people running like mouses. Use other cardio instruments, but not the treadmill.

    Haha... so true. But if you live in the city, too many cars to bother with.
    Oh, and it's "mice". icon_razz.gif


    OMG My bad English shows up again icon_eek.gificon_redface.gif
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    Apr 17, 2013 8:13 AM GMT
    At some point in my life I was able to do 2 hours worth of cardio straight.
    Now I hate cardio with a passion.
    I still do it every now and then because you have to and because I'm a fat lard.

    Generally I don't think it's really all about the time you spend running.
    The main goal should be to get your heart rate in a place where you're burning efficiently and then keeping that up for a good amount of time.
    I'd say anything 20 minutes plus is fine as long as you get your heart rate at the right pace.
    I'm no expert though, as you can see lol.
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    Apr 17, 2013 9:45 AM GMT


    45 minutes...to whenever I feel like stopping. normally i would listen to my mp3 until its loops. say 28 songs cause my Muvo-slim its only 256mb yes my first ever MP3 still alive till today, I use him for workouts/ exercise, pair with Sony headphones they are magical! they keep my body going.

    If my body is all heat up and ready I would do weights first! after all that then cardio, like the above duration.

    If I'm not heated up say like in the mornings, I would run on the treadmill for 20 minutes or so then do weights.