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3 Ways to Refresh Your Treadmill Workout

Don't Get Stuck in a Treadmill Rut


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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... Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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.
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. Report
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!) Report
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! Report
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 Report
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.

Hands off the railing!! Stop haning on for dear life - it's just walking. Pump your arms like you mean it! Interval speed training is the way to go. Report
My Kindle has really helped my treadmill workout. Some books just didn't fit properly on the dashboard of the treadmill and at a quick pace, my eyes would get very tired. Kindle is thin enough to fit and the font can be enlarged so it's easier on my eyes. I also have a just-for-exercise book, something fun and engaging that I'll look forward to getting back to. Some days it's more about the soundtrack and just really enjoying some great music. Like someone else mentioned, I also switch off from treadmill/elliptical to a hula hoop. Report
I do 3 minutes on treadmill and 3 minutes of a weighted Hoola Hoop! It makes the time go really fast. And do this for about 20 minutes.
I also watch usually a Joyce Meyer Ministry program or find something that motivates me.
It's all about the music. Soundtrack to "The Matrix" - can't help but run. Some of the songs are six minutes long, but they don't seem like it. It's a lot easier to convince yourself you can hang onto a fast pace until the end of a song. Report
I always find amusement ( and some angst) in comments about how if you're not capable of talking you're at the right level of fitness.

Just want to point out (hopefully seen by some that need it) that this is *** not true. *** If you are doing *anything* more than sitting on the couch its a step in the right direction. If what it takes to get on the treadmill is something like talking with a friend at the gym for a spell, then do it!

If TV works for you, install one on the wall in front of the thing. Get a DVR to record things you are interested in, etc. The whole industry has moved to flat panels and some can be had at really affordable rates. Most cable systems, etc even have music channels to help fill in those gaps. Tons of choices to make it tolerable.

I for one have fun with a back injury that makes pushing anything faster than 2.5 - 2.7 mph extremely dangerous and painful. However after 75 minutes with my current weight, etc I will drench my clothes, my heart rate is up to 140-150 BPM and I can "feel the burn." I am, however, not coming off the machine winded, out of breath, or dying from the exertion.

Fitness is a variable thing depending on your current level of capability. Achieving long lasting fitness takes moderation and time. Careful how much stock you take in comments from people who can do 1000% more than you without breaking a sweat. Report

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