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3 Ways to Refresh Your Treadmill Workout

Don't Get Stuck in a Treadmill Rut


  • I love the treadmill at my gym (Fitness 19) I download radio shows that are in 'podcast' form on the internet. some of the good ones are "The Dreamweaver" (Stephanie Doran interprets callers dreams) and also Cary Nosler's "Wide world of health". These 2 shows are syndicated all over the country---you can 'Google" them and find them for your area. Haven't tried any type of "coaching" program yet, but am looking forward to that too---listening to something just makes the time fly by! - 5/7/2008 8:29:44 PM
  • Here's a thought. If the treadmill bores you to tears, try running outdoors. You can also try the elliptical machine or a bike, either stationary in the gym or mobile out in the world. Anything that uses the same muscle groups will help you maintain your running mileage. - 5/7/2008 6:36:27 PM
  • while wallking on the treadmill you can watch your favorite tv show. before you know it your show will be over and so will your workout. - 5/7/2008 5:23:38 PM
  • there are some great music tracks to play on your ipod while on the treadmill, and heaps of workout CDs that have voiceovers to talk you through interval training where the celebrity (my one is a Serena Williams one) tells you when to speed up and slow down etc....all of a sudden you have done 30 mins. - 5/7/2008 3:42:47 PM
    There are some GREAT work out routines on itunes that you can buy for your ipod. I bought one and WOW what a difference it makes. It's like you have a trainer in your ear coaching you along. I got one for an interval run..and LOVE it! - 5/7/2008 3:40:30 PM
  • yup, boring as all get out! So I read a book while I'm on the TM. Or, if I'm doing interval training, I bring my iPod. But now that the nice weather is here, I'd much rather go for a walk! - 5/7/2008 3:00:25 PM
  • I do not find the treadmill boring, that is, not since I got my iPod. When I turn on some music, I find myself in another whole world. I do not know whether itís psychological or not, but Iíll tell you Ė I do much more and stay on much longer when Iím listening to music. Thy gym has televisions all around the place and thatís decent enough; there is even some device where you can put on these headphones and tune into any one of the channels on the various televisions. But that is nothing compared to my music.

    So, I strongly encourage people to add music to your iPod or MP3 player and use during your treadmill routine.
    - 5/7/2008 1:31:20 PM
  • I'm all about multitasking on my treadmill. When I've got a big exam coming up, I might be doing flashcards. I love to watch TV while on it, or listen to my iPod. I also like to keep a notebook and challenge myself, for example, I'll keep track of how much time it takes me to run 2 miles, then try to beat it the next time. I also mix it up, sometimes I just walk, sometimes I increase the incline as high as it will go and walk as fast as I can handle at that incline. Other times I do quarter mile sprints, where I run as fast as I can for a quarter mile, then walk a quarter mile to recover. Then other times I just set it at a speed that I can maintain for at least a couple miles, while I try to work up to a whole 5K or 10K without stopping. All that keeps it interesting for me. Of course, when the weather is nice, sometimes I just want to go outside and take the dog for a walk. But I LOVE my treadmill!! - 5/7/2008 1:21:45 PM
    I used to work out at the gym, before I had my baby. I worked with a trainer who said that if you warm up with a walk, then jog, then spike it into a hard run for one minute and then go back to a walk it will increase your metabolism a lot quicker. It shocks your body so that it does not become complacant with one speed. I also found that if I pay attention to the time and keep changing the speed and incline, time goes by more quickly. - 5/7/2008 12:16:00 PM
  • I LOVE my Treadmill... I got her (yes 'her'... her name is Millie!) in January and she has been my faithful walking partner at least 3 or 4 times a week ever since! I LOVE my MP3 player - I have several Playlists just for my workouts... and I also tend to mix it up using different speeds and inclines as well... I have been known to even read while walking with Millie - but that requires us to go at a much slower pace - so that is not a normal ritual! - 5/7/2008 12:12:35 PM
  • I am big into my MP3 player while on the treadmill. I pace myself to move with the music and go by how many songs I get thru instead of the time. The biggest issue is when I forget myself and sing out loud. I have the WORST voice... LOL :) - 5/7/2008 11:18:57 AM
  • Thanks for the suggestions! There is nothing I hate worse than the treadmill. My husband is so faithful to the treadmill. He runs 3 miles daily on ours but it is like pulling teeth to get me on ours. I just feel like I am doing the same thing over and over again. I can't wait to try this and see if it works to break up the boredom. Thanks again! - 5/7/2008 10:24:15 AM
  • I watch TV shows on my iPod. An hour show runs about 45 minutes with no commercials (a plus!) and I've found some new shows to enjoy. I do find that setting the treadmill for a specific program is better than using the Quick Start mode, because you may be engrossed in the show and not work as hard as you should. - 5/7/2008 9:25:11 AM
  • I found the key to not getting bored on the treadmill, my DVD player, and Netflix, I am watching Star Trek! There are several versions of the Star Trek series and I am watching them in chronilogical order, so it will be a while before I have a chance to get bored. I have clocked over 100 miles since leap day!!! - 5/7/2008 9:17:07 AM
  • The treadmil is my primary source of cardio. I too use speed and incline to rev up the number of calories I am burning. To reduce the bordom, I had my husband install a wall mounted TV in the Bedroom that serves as our exercise room. I also use my ipod, on which I have various paced music which I downloaded from various exercise related web sites. - 4/15/2008 1:35:22 PM

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