The Original Treadmill Was Used As A Torture Device

by Charlene Flanagan

If youre wondering about the worst possible way to spend an hour, fitness wise, theres 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 youre walking, jogging or running to get to nowhere.

So if working out on the constrained space of a treadmill feelslike 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 formany 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 thesound 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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