Conquering the Dreadmill

The treadmill… it seems to be my worst enemy when it comes to working out. Like any stationary cardio machine, like the elliptical or stair-stepper, moving in place for an extended period of time is just not worth it to me. Cardio is so beneficial to health and weight loss. Cardio is also the way I tend to lose my weight, more specifically running. Ugh I hate it, but at least I can take it outdoors and sight see when I go on a run in my neighborhood. Trudging along on a treadmill can be more painful from boredom than any physical exhaustion you may have. Well I used to feel that way, avoiding all treadmills at all times. I’m sorry, I could not give 30 minutes of my time to bounce along staring at a wall or the soundless CNN newscast that sits on the TVs in the gym. But running outside is not always an option (i.e. rain, or potential wildlife that may chase me in the dark). I’m very particular when it comes to my outdoor running conditions.

Well I used to feel that way, avoiding all treadmills at all times. I’m sorry, I could not give 30 minutes of my time to bounce along staring at a wall or the soundless CNN newscast that sits on the TVs in the gym. But running outside is not always an option (i.e. rain, or potential wildlife that may chase me in the dark). I’m very particular when it comes to my outdoor running conditions.
So how do I go about making 30 minutes on any stationary machine seem like 5? Well I have a few things I do to keep me occupied on the treadmill. First, it is ALL about a solid playlist. I have about 4 or 5 workout playlists on Spotify and each fit a different mood. I’ll listen to one playlist where all the songs have a strong quick beat that helps me when I feel like I’m going superfast and can keep going for days. Another one more for cruising along, smiling and enjoying the “ride.” Creating a playlist on either Spotify or iTunes is a great opportunity to keep your mind focused on something other than the task at hand (i.e. the treadmill).

Also, I like to interval train when I am on a stationary machine. Interval training is changing up the workout every couple of minutes by increasing your speed or incline. For example I may walk for 3 minutes on an incline then run for 2. Or include sprints (full out runs) for 30 second to 1 minute intervals. Or keep it on a steady walk but continually alter the incline on the treadmill from a little to a lot (this is definitely something I do when I want to work on my leg muscles). Interval training does not have to be done only on treadmill. Up the resistance and your speed on the elliptical or stationary bike.
Finally I make sure I am in the most comfortable workout clothes I own. I found that certain shoes make running on a treadmill miserable, meaning I would not usually finish my workout. Certain exercise shirts tend to get floppy or caught in my way when I’m going on the elliptical, and I always have to opt for leggings over shorts when I grind out on the bike.

These are just a few things I have learned after years and trial and error in the gym. I constantly am learning and observing what others do. How do you make cardio fun at the gym? I would love to hear!

By | 2017-05-12T14:47:37+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

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