I couldn't really recommend a treadmill over a proper run outside either in the park or even along the road.
Thinking about running to increase my general fitness because I can't run 30 yards at the moment without gasping for breath. So unfit at the moment and starting to get a little middle age spread, I used to do the 1500m at school no problem . . . 25 years ago
Anyway, do you guys go out to a favourite run or course or do you just step out the front door and go from there. Living in a city, with just the streets to run on doesn't really appeal . . .
What are your thoughts on treadmills for the home, we don't really have room for one but I thought it might be an option?
I'm not planning on running any marathons or 5k runs, just increase my fitness.
Treadmills are very boring and unfulfilling from an exercise perspective.
Getting out in the air is preferable and you'll actually find it easier to go for longer.
No offence meant but you should be aiming to work yourself up to a minimum of being capable of running a 5k. As strange as that may sound to you at this stage, you'll be amazed how quickly you'll build up to that level and it would be a good base of fitness to have.
Best of luck mate, maybe look to Gurgy in the Nike+ thread, he has had a pretty inspirational path to fitness over the past two and half years.