If I am honest the treadmill is not just a winter survival tool. We are lucky to own a treadmill that lives in our basement, and it helps get the miles in . All times of year the treadmill is often the best bet for getting my run in.
I have a few tricks to make treadmill time more enjoyable and fight boredom.
I save shows or movies that I really want to see for the treadmill, it’s especially satisfying to binge watch something so I know I have something to look forward to watching. Bonus points if it’s something that Cory doesn’t like to watch. At home we have a TV in the basement gym, at the gym I borrow one of the kids’ tablets, I worry about breaking my iPad especially since I use it for work, the Fire Tablets have big cases around them and are under warranty.
For longer workouts I keep my favorite snacks with me, like gatorade that are hard to carry with my while running outside.
Last and most important I play games with the treadmill to keep things interesting. Our treadmill at home has incline and decline so I will move it up and down to keep my legs engaged. When I have an easy run planned but mentally I am having a hard time I will change up the speed and it makes the time go by way faster.
One of my favorites is a progression run. I start off really easy then speed the treadmill up .1 MPH each minute (or so, doesn’t have to be perfect) until I am running comfortably hard, then I start over and do it again until my cool down. I also like to one minute hard, 1 minute easy or strides at the end to flush my legs out.
Here are some GREAT treadmill workouts if you are looking for a strength workout or speed work:
This 3-2-1 workout is great, this one and many more HERE.
Do you love or hate the treadmill?
Any fun tips for making it work?