may I suggest a treadmill run w/ a high incline setting. ha ha.
Well you didn't get any takers the last time you made that suggestion to someone else. :-) So now you're trying to sell me? Are you a treadmill salesman?
My two basement machines are a great workout, and I don't have room for any more. Besides, where do you go to find a decent treadmill? The one I used to use at the club had some pretty sophisticated programs that would vary the incline and speed during the workout. Definitely beyond my abilities right now.
the ones at the Y /recplexes I go to now( something called Silver Sneakers - free access to practically any facility w my health insurance) can be operated manually w two flippers reminiscent of a pinball machine to the desired settings. no I'm not a salesman, just have come to recognize it as a good tool. for instance, in your case, I guarantee you will work up more of a sweat on incline treadmill than walking,slow running or even nordic trek. go ahead, prove me wrong.
Well unfortunately my running speed is so slow, I cannot work up a sweat anymore while running. Getting on a treadmill, then dialing down the speed to my pace, would be a waste of a machine. I'd be just like all those walkers, who get on a treadmill....just to slowly walk; what's the point? At that speed, I can walk just fine outside; why do I need a treadmill?
Fortunately my Concept II rower allows me a real aerobic workout, while working the arms, shoulders and legs far harder than I ever could by running. To me, rowing is a perfect exercise: low impact, works the whole body, can do it into your dotage.
Chi, sorry if I didn't make that clear enough - the component that makes you work is the grade. Put it on 15% incline and see if its too easy.
I'll bet even a walking pace of 3 mph at that grade will be quite challenging - so its a way of not going fast and still working hard. You could do that w a steep hill outside, but does Chicago even have 15% hills that take a half hour to walk up?
I can see how the rower would be a good total body workout, though. Just not the greatest training for running. It was just a suggestion, can't hurt to try something new even if its a bust, variety is the spice of life.