Six treadmill running tips to make it more tolerable
Does the site of this make you cringe? Here are six tried and tested treadmill running tips to make it more tolerable.
To be honest, I love treadmill running. It allows me to zone out and destress. In addition, in contrast to running on the road, I don’t have to worry about running to far and not being able to make it back. After hitting the halfway point of my run the inevitable “now I have to make it home” thoughts aren’t an issue. I can easily stop my run at any point , hop off and already be at my end destination. Somehow knowing this keeps the whining in my head at bay.
I’m fully aware that this is not the case for many people. I think that if polled, most people would choose not running at all opposed to getting on the “cardio machine from hell” as I have heard it referred to. My dad was a part of this anti treadmill campaign. In fact, he had never run at all, but wanted to start. The following are six treadmill running tips I use myself and gave to him to help make the time fly by. You may even start to enjoy this cardio classic.
Treadmill running tips
- Intervals : I never start my run without a plan. I can’t just jump on and go for it with no structure or road map to follow. You wouldn’t head to a new destination without directions would you? Running is the same way. Having something to guid the way helps. Plus it breaks the time your on the treadmill up into pieces making it easier for the mind to handle. Here is an example of an interval workout : (adjust speeds to your fitness level)
For a 30 minute workout repeat 10x
- Add in strength intervals: You don’t have to run for long amounts of time straight. Instead break it up and run for 5-10 minutes then jump off and do a strength set. Repeat this for however long you want your workout to be, changing up your strength set each time. This really makes the time fly!
- Listen to music
- Watch a show or movie: I find being able to zone out to a show on Netflix or Hulu really is the most helpful in making the treadmill tolerable for me.
- Cover the time display
- Walk on an incline : If running just isn’t your thing that’s fine! Walking at an incline burns crazy good calories and works up an amazing sweat. It’s also a lot easier on the knees if they bother you too.
Those are my top tips treadmill running tips. After a good session I always make sure to guzzle water like a beast and enjoy a post workout snack with-in a few hours of completing.
Do you have treadmill running tips?
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