March 16, 2017
Let’s face it: running on the treadmill can be b-o-r-i-n-g! Whether you run religiously on the treadmill or use it as a place to store laundry, you may find that a good distraction is all you need to pick up the pace (or unbury your machine and get moving). Since I’m starting my training for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, I decided to ask my coworkers how they get through their treadmill runs.
Here are some tried-and-true tips to make your next treadmill run more fun:
Couch potatoes, rejoice! You no longer have to feel guilty about binge-watching your favorite shows. In fact, you have an excuse for watching more, as long as you move it to the treadmill. Use a TV, a tablet, or even your phone to find a new series and only allow yourself to watch it on the treadmill. Just think, you can run a marathon (or walk really far) and watch an entire season of Stranger Things or Gilmore Girls or The OA — or whatever your guilty pleasure is. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the new streaming shows coming out, let alone catching some of the oldies you missed, so it’s time to start multitasking.
If you find it hard to focus on a screen while running, a podcast may be more your speed. Listen to stories, get career advice, learn something new, or just LOL with one of your favorite comedians. I promise you, there’s a podcast for everyone. Here are a few to check out during your next treadmill run: This American Life, How I Built This, TEDTalks, The Nerdist and The Ricky Gervais Show.
This one’s especially fun because it’s only limited by your imagination. The idea is to create your own high-intensity interval training (HIIT). You alter the pace and incline to keep your treadmill run interesting and maximize your results. Here are some HIIT treadmill workouts you can try, but it’s more fun to create your own. Give one of these ideas a try:
No matter how you pass the time on the treadmill, you’ll find that it’s best to keep switching up your routine. And don’t forget to track your progress! There are so many different apps and smartwatches and fitness bands to make it easy and oh-so-satisfying when you reach a new goal.
Does writing count as exercise? Then my fingers are in great shape! As a senior copywriter at IBX, I've learned a lot about how health insurance works and how it can help me stay healthy. My goal is to share this knowledge with others in a fun and engaging way.