Bordom Busting Treadmill Workouts
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Boredom Busting Treadmill Workouts

Treadmill Workouts are a great way to add variety, increase intensity and not get bored!

I am a runner. A distance runner at that — I actually get better the longer I run. There are is a small population of people like this, but the more people I meet in the world, the more I realize I’m not amongst the normal with my natural love of running.

In my experience, I have found that people either:

  1. Think it’s really boring, but suffer through because they appreciate the physical benefits.
  2. Like it, but find pounding the asphalt for long durations is too hard on their body.
  3. Are interested in running, but don’t really know where to start or how to make the most of it.
  4. Then you have the group that just plain despises it and won’t do it.

If you’re in groups 1-3, you may want to book mark this post! I can’t really bang out much more than a few miles on a treadmill without getting cabin fever — even with the best playlist. So I always have to mix up intervals and incline for a few minutes at a time to help the time go by. Here you have three ways to mess with your workout to smash boring in the face, take it easier on your body and make the most of your time.

Treadmill Workout #1: Focus on Incline

Treadmill Workout

Treadmill Workout #2: Focus on Speed

Treadmill Workout

Treadmill Workout #3: Focus on Intensity

Treadmill Workout

Before You Get Started

You see the formula is pretty simple, but having this guide lets you shift your attention from the monotony of being indoors. Be sure to adjust the paces for your current physical level, and be sure to increase them a little bit each week. When you challenge your body like this — you’re asking it to improve. If you keep trudging along at a comfy boring pace, your body has no real reason to adapt to become stronger or better. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone for a few minutes not only helps the time go by, it forces your body to adapt by building strength and becoming more oxygen efficient.

If these are useful, let me know! I’m more than happy to make tweaks and variations so you have even more options next time you’re headed to bang out an intense workout on the tread! What do you think? Ready to hit the tread?

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  • Ann

    Thank you so much for the treadmill options. I have been searching for something like this. I’m no where near a 10 min mile but maybe down the road. I’m more a 13-14 min mile with walk intervals which I can do at the recovery. To tweak this closer to my pace what do you recommend for the speed variations since I’m a snail compared to you? Lol! Thank you again

    • Teresa

      Ha! I’m so glad these are useful! Why don’t you adjust the 6.0 to 4.0 and take everything down by 2.0? If you end up bumping the easy to 5.0 then just take all the other paces down by 1.0? Try that and let me know how it goes!

  • Lisa

    I needed this. I just started running on the treadmill recently and find it monotonous – I prefer outside so much more. These will certainly help!

    • Teresa

      That is great to hear Lisa! You will find the time goes by so much faster when you’re pushing buttons every 1-2 minutes. Not to mention, you get a great interval workout in the meantime! Happy running!

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