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How To Not Get Bored On Treadmill? Read On!

Published by Danica Rojero
Last Updated on May 31, 2021

If you're reading this blog post, it's likely that you need to stay in shape and are looking for ways to stay engaged while on a treadmill. Well, we've got some good news for you! There are many different things that can be done to keep the time seem less long when using a treadmill. Some of these include: listening to music or podcasts, watching TV (which is possible with an iPad), taking phone calls during your workout, etc.

Take a look at the list below for some other ways to stay engaged when on your treadmill.

  • First tip would be to listen to music while running; this will distract from any background noise or scenery that may cause distraction while running. preferably something upbeat like pop music. 
  • Another great option is listening to podcasts; if it's something like an interview with someone who has gone through trying times, it can easily make the exercise feel worth it!
  • Get off the machine every few minutes and do some light stretches. You can even dance around with music playing in the background
  • Put a mirror in front so that you can see yourself working out which may help increase self awareness as well as give encouragement during difficult moments.
  • Change up your routine by alternating between incline and flat runs.  
  • Mix things up with intervals (sprints, hills, etc.).
  • One way is to set goals for yourself, like time or distance. That will allow you to monitor your progress and focus more on what's in front of you instead of what might be behind you (the TV).
  • Download TV shows or movies onto your device for entertainment; watch videos online through YouTube. This is possible with an iPad, but you should be careful not to watch too much or else it could throw off your balance and cause injury.

Don't worry about what other people think of you! If they're paying attention to how hard or slow you are working out, then they need more distractions in their life anyways.

Running on a treadmill rewards

Running on a treadmill can be boring and repetitive, but it doesn't have to be. In this blog post, I will show you how to make your running sessions more rewarding by adding some variations in speed and incline. 

There are many benefits of running on a treadmill including increased endurance, improved cardiovascular health, weight loss, and stress relief. When people first start out with their new exercise routine they are usually excited about the challenge of conquering something that is difficult for them.

This may lead runners to want an even greater challenge which leads them to add speed or incline changes into their workout routine. The key word here is "challenge." Adding these variations should not take away from the runner's enjoyment of the activity nor should it create a higher risk for injury.

I would like to give you a few suggestions on how to stay engaged while using the treadmill:

  • Using an app or music player that has tempo changes can help make your workouts more interesting and will not distract from engagement with the task at hand.  
  • Add in some weights, bands, or dumbbells when running so you don't get bored of just pounding away on the belt. You can also incorporate pushups into your routine which is one way to really challenge yourself and avoid boredom during these sessions!
  • Changing up incline levels can be great for a a negative stress response.

I hope these tips will help you find ways to stay engaged as you continue your treadmill workouts.

How can I make my treadmill more fun?

Many of us have been in the situation where we're too busy to get outside for a good run, but we still want to maintain our fitness. It's not easy though! The treadmill is boring and it can be hard to stay motivated. However, there are some ways that will help you have fun while getting your exercise on.

Read on for five tips that I use myself when my treadmill feels overwhelming or dull.

First off, make sure you've invested in a good pair of headphones with noise cancellation capabilities- this way you won't be distracted by any noises around you like the TV playing in the background or other people talking nearby.

Next up, set yourself goals so you know what your personal finish line looks like- whether it's to run a certain amount of miles this week or burn 500 calories in one go.

Then, set up your treadmill with some visual stimulation- try using different colors on the floor so you can zone out while still keeping an eye on where you're going and not want to step off the belt (great for runners who are prone to heel strike). Music is also important- find songs that have lots of upbeat tempos or voice tracks from TV shows like Friends that will help keep things lively.

Lastly, if possible, alter your running routine every few days by changing up speed inclines. By doing this it'll force yourself to be more attentive since there won't always be cues as how fast or slow you should be moving at any given time.

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