Trending Video: The Original Treadmill Was Used As A Torture Device (Heck, It Continues To Be One!)

Mon, Sep 28th 2015

Charlene Flanagan

2 mins read

If you’re wondering about the worst possible way to spend an hour, fitness wise, there’s no doubt that the treadmill is akin to a torture device. And no, we’re not talking about just the physical pain. We mean the absolute mind-numbing, frustrating and never-ending time spent, where 60 minutes feel like a lifetime, all because you’re walking, jogging or running to get to nowhere.

So if working out on the constrained space of a treadmill feels like torture, it would appear that that’s exactly what it was designed for when it was first conceptualized in the 1800s. Did you know that the treadmill was created to punish prisoners for their crimes? In fact, many succumbed to injuries, and even death, as they were expected to go for up to 6 hours non-stop, to power windmills, grind grain, and for many such purposes while they served their time on the treadmill.

“… the monotonous steadiness, and not its severity, constitutes its terror” was the verdict, before the treadmill was banned for being too cruel a punishment for convicts in 1898.

Isn’t it strange that we’re still caged by this torture device in 2015, where we run for hours on the treadmill in a bid to lose weight while we stare at the same wall, try to drown out the sound of the belt with our music, and torture our bones as we thud forward to nowhere?

Having become slaves to what we consider “convenience”, we’re just lucky that we can still pull the plug on this masochistic device when we’re ready to get off. And despite all that we’ve said, this video does so much more; watch and you’ll know why it’s going viral on the internet.

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About the Author
Charlene Flanagan

Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.

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