One thing that I am grateful for, now more than ever, is my treadmill. Say what?!
A lot of people have treadmill
Before you start making excuses and looking at me like I have a third head (but how would you know? this is a blog, not a camera; and why a third head, do I already have a second? Gah, why would you think I have a third head, weirdo), try some of these tips for making your treadmill workout more entertaining.
- Add entertainment. Most gyms I have been to provide a row of televisions hanging in front of their treadmills. All you need to do is bring your headphones along and position yourself in front of a television that interests you. If you have an at home gym, even better! I have my treadmill positioned so I can watch my DVR'd shows that I would normally watch sitting on the couch. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
- Be vocal! Okay, so this may not be the best idea at a public gym unless everyone around you has on headphones and cannot hear you, but if this is the case or if you have your own treadmill at home, shout, sing or carry on a conversation. It is important to remember to breathe while running, and being vocal by shouting out mantras, singing to your iPod or having a conversation with someone else in the room basically forces you to breathe at regular intervals. Plus, cheering myself on and shouting, "I'm not fat!" is a great form of encouragement!
- Change it up. And by that I mean, change up your running routine and when you do it. Working out at the same time of day can be mundane for some, but changing it up can give you something to look forward to. Most treadmills have different programs for you to use. Instead of pressing "Quick Start" every time you hop on the treadmill, try out the 5K, Hills or Interval programs. Or throw in intervals of your own! The other day I found myself growing bored after the first 1.5 miles, so I decided to throw in some speed intervals and ended up sprinting my way to the finish.
This post is dedicated to anyone who has ever complained about a treadmill.