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3 Ways to Refresh Your Treadmill Workout

Don't Get Stuck in a Treadmill Rut


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  • I've never tried treadmill other than the broken one at our recreation centre (office). But from what I've seen, treadmill seems to be a bit boring (sorry to treadmill lovers!) compare to elliptical machine and jump rope. Maybe because I'm not too keen with any activities related to running or jogging. - 4/12/2010 8:43:18 PM
    Here's another good article on the same topic --
    -boredom.html - 3/19/2010 2:58:00 PM
    That's exactly right, I tried to run on 6.0 for 1 minutes at the time. Sometimes I stop and do 20 push ups and run again by increasing the minutes and pace every time. It is fun to do that. - 11/12/2009 10:44:40 AM
  • My trainer has us slow down the speed on the treadmill to about 1.5 and do walking lunges while holding on. She also has us walk backward at a slow pace and do side-hops at a faster pace on the treadmill. Changes the pace and gives you lots of variety! - 11/9/2009 5:24:50 PM
  • I'm rather proud of the book / laptop rack I put onto my treadmill. Now depending on what I read or watch while I'm on the treadmill I sometimes only get off it when my legs start giving out. (Usually after two hours.) - 11/4/2009 8:27:50 AM
  • I listen to music, and read gossip magazines on the elliptical trainer (or books -- but they can't be too substantive). I also glance at the TV in the gym, which is playing CNN, and I get some news that way. - 11/3/2009 12:41:23 PM
  • Since I don't get alot of time to read, I download audio books to my ipod and listen while I'm on the treadmill. I even have some exterior speakers I can connect to so that I don't have to wear headphones if I don't want to. Makes me stay on the treadmill a little longer and the time goes by faster. - 11/3/2009 10:55:17 AM
    Something I like to do while I'm running on my treadmill is pray. I run between 5 and 7 miles 5 times a week, and it gets monotonous even if I'm watching something. When I pray, I finish feeling at peace with the world as well as relieved of the stress from work. I can pray for pretty much everyone while I am running. - 11/3/2009 10:30:03 AM
  • I use my Ipod in many different ways, Videos, E-books, and podcasts I have a new podcast each day - 11/3/2009 9:38:43 AM
  • I agree that I don't want someone striking up a conversation while I'm on the treadmill. Although at times it can be repetitious and become boring, most times I use this time to do my most creative thinking, a sort of meditation. I find the suggestions here very helpful for variation on those days when I simply cannot conjure up anything creative in the old noggin and will use them. I particularly like the one from the gentleman that has MS and was persistent enough to find a way to keep himself limber. Good for the mind, good for the soul. Have a wonderful day. - 11/3/2009 9:19:15 AM
  • My laptop fits in the book/magazine rack on my treadmill, so I can either watch tv/movies ( is awesome!) or surf the internet while I walk. Makes the time go by faster, too! - 11/3/2009 9:02:21 AM
  • BECKY1720
    I read when I am on the treadmill if you have a good book the time just speeds by. - 11/3/2009 8:56:52 AM
  • my treadmill is in front of the TV. I record The Price is Right on my DVR and run while I'm watching people win prizes...great, fast paced show for jogging... - 11/3/2009 8:48:29 AM
    I watch videos of walking through a scenic area...forest, jungle, desert. I enjoy the videos and by the time I'm done, I've reached my goal. - 11/3/2009 8:19:09 AM
  • SHANEY63
    Not sure how changing the incline and speed makes much difference as such workouts are already programmed into the treadmills at my gym... and I don't think I'm alone in saying I really don't want to converse while working out. At my gym there are some who do converse with each other or worse, talk on their cellphone therefore even LOUDER, and their voices don't sound conversational, just shrill and stressed and obnoxious *SHUT UP!!!!!!!* ahhhhhh quiet. hehe

    Personally I jazz mine up with music or plug my earbuds into the tv monitor and watch the news or a show. I figure if the treadmill is boring (really it's only exciting to hamsters because it's their only choice) I take my workout outside to the track or park. - 11/3/2009 8:12:08 AM

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