By: Melissa Colleary, Sustainability Coordinator, LIU Post
The other day, while working out in the Pratt, I made one of my rare voyages into the cardio section to do a couple of sprints as it was too cold to do so outside. All of the normal treadmills were taken, so I was forced to use one of the curved Woodway treadmills that are usually not in use.
My first reaction to the treadmill was, “This is so cool! It doesn’t use any electricity!” As your movement powers the treadmill, it doesn’t need to be plugged in and it only goes as fast as you go. Very cool.
My second reaction was, “I understand why no one uses this! This is very dangerous!” Since your own movement powers the treadmill, it’s extremely difficult to get used to. However, after a few minutes of struggling and getting over my fear, I gained steady ground and actually enjoyed using the Woodway. I felt less pain in my knees while running and I got tired a lot more quickly from having to power the treadmill with my own movements.
I am by no means a seasoned runner and I can’t really say that I’m overly coordinated, but every time I walk into a gym and see rows and rows of people who have driven there to run on an electrically powered street, it truly upsets me. Although the Woodway is definitely more difficult to use, it’s worth taking the time to get used to. It burns more calories than a standard treadmill and it doesn’t leave your knees sore the next day. While at first I felt like I was going to fall, about three minutes in I felt that it was much more natural to run on.
That being said, there are so many workouts that you can do that require little to no electricity. Lifting weights, using cable stacks, stationary bikes, regular bikes, running outside, and body weight exercises all require no other energy besides your own.
Next time you’re about to step on the treadmill, keep your other options in mind and try to choose one that uses the least amount of resources! Head outside if possible, check for a Woodway or other cardio or weight equipment that doesn’t use electricity!
In the upcoming weeks, keep your eye out for sustainable workouts that will be posted here on the Commpost!