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Friday, September 20, 2013


* How necessary is visual feedback for maintaining forward momentum on an exercise machine with a continuous belt?


* Hey, I wonder what happens if I try to walk on the treadmill with my eyes closed?


* Visual feedback is necessary for walking on a treadmill and dizziness will cause the opening of the subject's eyes within 10 steps and no real harm will be done.


* Human subject ("Me")
* Gymnasium cardio room stocked with at least 10 witnesses
* Functioning exercise equipment with a continuously running belt, enclosed on three sides with one side remaining open for forward-facing access ("Treadmill")


* Subject stands on Treadmill, facing forward into the enclosed area.
* Subject engages Treadmill and begins walking along the continuous belt.
* Subject walks at a steady pace of 3.2 miles per hour.
* Subject then closes eyes and attempts to maintain steady walking pace.


* Subject waits to get dizzy. Subject does not get dizzy. Subject keeps walking. Subject thinks, "Hey, this is not so bad. I can do this." (This is Subject's first mistake.)
* Subject's survival instinct takes over just in time and Subject opens eyes. Subject has reached the termination of the continuous belt and trips off the end. Subject does not fall flat on face, but stumbles and grabs on to Treadmill enclosure. A noise of commotion ensues, witnessed by at least 10 gymgoers.
* Subject is now enlightened as to what happens when eyes are closed during Treadmill use.
* Subject recovers and resumes normal Treadmill use.


* One should not close one's eyes while using the Treadmill.
* Visual feedback is essential for maintaining forward momentum on an exercise machine with a continuous belt.
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    Hehe, I never said it was a GOOD idea. emoticon
    2760 days ago
    ...why did you think that would be a good idea? I have enough trouble on the treadmill with my eyes open!
    2761 days ago
    Oh dear! Glad you weren't hurt!!! I've tried this before, but only while hanging on with both hands, which sort of goes against the point of being on the treadmill in the first place.
    2761 days ago
    Too funny-glad you didn't get hurt! Reminds me of when the Wii asks me to do my body test/weigh in with my eyes clothes and then tells me that core muscle development will help me rely less on visual stim to maintain balance-lol.
    2761 days ago
    lol, you are too funny.
    btw Love your new background pic!
    2761 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/20/2013 2:14:54 PM
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