Beating treadmill boredom

I recently confessed that I have been enjoying running on the dreadmill treadmill lately.

There is a simple reason to this, it’s because I stopped running at the same speed and incline for 5+ miles and started mixing it up! Shocking I know, if you actually change the speed you run at you challenge yourself!

Typically when I hop on the treadmill I always set it at a 2 incline. I once read somewhere that you should always have it at at least a 2 incline if you want a good workout. I usually set it between 7.4-8, it depends on how my legs are feeling that day. From there the setting usually stays put and I plug away until I reach my designated mileage amount for the day. As you can see, it can be a bore. So I have been challenging myself to shake things up!

I thought some of you might be interested in some ways to mix up your treadmill running as well!

Beating Treadmill Boredom:

1.) Run at a 7.4 pace for one song and then pick an up beat song and run at 8.0 for the song. – This is my new favorite thing to do. It makes time fly! love finding up beat songs to run to, my current fav is Timber. I may or may not list to it on repeat for my 8.0 running.

2.) Sprint during commercials- if your treadmill has a tv on it sprint during the commercial breaks.

3.) Hop on and off the treadmill. Sometimes I want to run but my legs might not feel like carrying taking me that far. When that happens I will run on the treadmill for 5 minutes, hop on the stair master or elliptical for 5 minutes and repeat until I am done with my cardio for the day. People may think your crazy but who cares.

4.) Watch trashy tv. If I am lucky there will be a marathon of some trashy show on Bravo or E! (the tv selection is limited at the gym). Since I don’t watch these shows on the regular, the drama entertains me and gets me through my workout.

Intervals: probably the best way to beat boredom!
I get a lot from ones I have created on my own here
Jess and Julie have created some great ones as well!

What are some ways you beat treadmill boredom?

Do you like running on the treadmill?

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