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3 Ways to Refresh Your Treadmill Workout

Don't Get Stuck in a Treadmill Rut


    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
    i am sorry but having this article that you had to click three times for more/page1 and two.... and there was actually no substance. i don't use a treadmil.l, and i could'a told you that stuff , in one sentence too. - 11/3/2009 6:02:50 AM
  • I must be a very dull person as I love running on a treadmill & dont find it boring at all!

    I like to keep up my running fitness for races and this is the LEAST injury free way to do it. Also I can crank up the treadmill to speeds I could not dream of doing 'unassisted' to get my HR up without fear of damage.

    An iPod is essential for me - either a podcast for a long slow run or some tempo songs to get the speed up!

    I never let the treadmill go below at least 0.5 degrees and go up to 3 degrees depending on how fresh I feel. (I read somewhere that 3 degrees is the best angle for minimum injury?)

    I have recently been doing high intensity runs - there is a good article on SP on this - you start with 1 min in every 10 then work up to 2 mins over the space of 6 weeks.

    I never run more than 40 mins.
    - 9/24/2009 9:56:17 AM
    You forgot to mention MUSIC! I have a treadmill that has a hookup for an IPOD, but I actually use an old fashioned boombox right next to the treadmill. I plug in a favorite CD to avoid having to deal with commercials and DJ yapping, or I listen to a radio station after 9:00AM, when the "morning shows" stop. Now, I even get motivated just hearing a song from one of my favorite artists. I completely lose track of being on a machine when I'm wrapped up in the music. - 8/30/2009 9:52:13 PM
  • Ohh I hate when people are talking to each other while they're on the treadmill! My gym plays music and the talkers feel the need to scream over it at each other, which I find completely distracting and not at all helpful to my own workout since half the time I get so annoyed I get off the treadmill before my time's up. Besides, if I'm working out, I don't want to be able to talk - if I can, then I don't feel like I'm working hard enough. My gym has 18 TVs mountd on the wall in a line, and you can plug your headphones into a little remote control on the treadmill (or elliptical) which is what I do when I'm working out (either that or bring an issue of Cosmo, since each model in there is inspiration to keep going!) - 8/25/2009 8:41:58 AM
  • Good article. I like to DVR my favorite programs and watch them while I'm on my treadmill. I know they'll hold my interest and it makes the time go by quickly! - 7/21/2009 9:42:04 PM
    I have MS and cannot use the Treadmill. Because of my sense of equilibrium is off. I have found though that I can walk the Department Store Mall at my own pace. I wobble out a mile everyday. The view is always different as people of all sorts come and go. As a senior I am in great company with my wife and other seniors who walk, the Mall everyday. Most communities have a map of their Mall with mileage laid out plainly on the map. When we are done walking I do Tai Chi to stretch out my muscles and cool down. My wife also does a variety of stretches. We have got to know most of the Mall managers who talk with us from time to time as we do our cool down. The price of one gallon of gas $2.10, the cost for walking in the mall FREE, the shared experience of exercising with my wife of nearly forty years..... Priceless - 5/13/2009 6:35:13 PM
  • Great article- I like the explanations of how to change up your routine, and the explanations why.

    However, I do have one issue:

    If I'm working hard on the treadmill, I absolutely don't want to someone to begin a conversation with me. Once I step off the treadmill, then you can talk to me, but not before. While I'm working out, I want to focus on speed, how my body feels and responds, how efficient my stride is, walking and running with proper technique.

    I know that some people like to chat away while they're working out, but many people are like, me- don't want to be rude to others, but really REALLY don't want to have a conversation.

    - 5/12/2009 9:28:44 AM

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