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Do You Cover the Display on a Cardio Machine?

Usually when I am using a cardio machine, I like to change around the resistance, speed, incline, etc., so I don't typically cover the display on the cardio machine. However, just about everyone else at the gym does. Do you?


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murdock99tx murdock99tx 9 years
I cover it! Otherwise, the time seems to drrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaag. If I need to do intervals, I either set one of the programs, or I use my little kitchen timer thingie that I keep in one of the cup holders. - LM
brookrene brookrene 9 years
No. But i dont keep track of my time, I keep track of my calories burned, when i reach my number I have set for the day then I'll get off.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I'm a magazine reader, so that usually covers the display. But my attention span is so short... I like to get engrossed in something and then look down and be (pleasantly) surprised by how much time has gone by.
laurini laurini 9 years
It depends for me. When I'm doing intervals, of course I look at the display. But sometimes when I'm doing something more like an endurance run or bike ride, I cover up the time display with my towel. I find that sometimes I can push myself harder for longer if I'm not mindful of the time. On the other hand, sometimes I need the display to make sure I'm working as hard as I know I can, especially on days when I have to drag myself to the gym and feel like wimping out!
AMP AMP 9 years
No I don't b/c I'm constantly changing my incline and speed and I like to see how far I'm going and how many calories I'm burning (even if it isn't really accurate).
cranbarry828 cranbarry828 9 years
I can not look at it! Knowing how much time left kills me! I think it is so much easier to go for a run outside for an hour then run on a treadmill for an hour. I feel like I am running forever and it has only been two minutes! Working out inside is so dull.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I keep mine visible because I like to change the resistance on the elliptical all the time. When I am running on a treadmill, I try not to look at the time gets depressing.
texgirl texgirl 9 years
if i'm on the elliptical then it's covered because i just put it on a setting. if it's the treadmill that's a different story - i'm constantly changing the speeds (i do intervals in the mornings). is it bad to keep it covered on some machines??
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
Hell no I wanna see my stats!
glitterandgold glitterandgold 9 years
I have to look at it to increase my resistance and decrease it. Ditto for the speed.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
It drives me crazy to look! I get so bored that if I were watching the clock I'd never finish.
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 9 years
I usually read so that covers it but I try and leave the "time remaining" part clear so I know what's what. But I do find that I do a harder workout if I'm watching the stats instead of reading.
susanec susanec 9 years
Magazine. I have to have something to do.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
By the way...that boy is Zexy! =P
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I have to cover it too! If I need to look I look but I can't stand knowing much more time. I think it has been 15 minutes and it has only been 5.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i HAVE to cover it - i can't watch the screen if i'm working out cuase it makes me crazy to think that i've worked out less than i imagined that i did.
yasdnil yasdnil 9 years
I just look at the speed
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
I don't cover it because I don't want to look at it, but sometimes I'll bring a magazine and that covers it.
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I cover up on the elliptical because I own one that has an awesome weight loss mode that changes resistance for you. On the other hand, I do not change the treadmill because every four minutes I change resistance and speed.
Pir8Liz Pir8Liz 9 years
I'm a sometimes-coverer. But I still count in my head. Very slowly. So that when I think I have 45 minutes left, I really have 15. Strange but it works for me.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
I don't cover the display, I like to keep track of the time. And if time starts to drag on, I'll just pay more attention to the TVs they have on.
jessytastic jessytastic 9 years
I can't look at the time, so I have to cover it. Before I would cover it I would constantly be looking at the time and saying "is it done yet?" My workouts became more about time than sweating.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I use a heart rate monitor, so I look at the watch. I like to know how long I have left so I can speed up or slow down.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I like to know the calorie count and how far I've gone...not so much the time although I like to see how much I've done!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
No. I like to watch plus I need to keep track of them time because I powerwalk/run in 2 minute inervels.
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