I love running on the treadmill, but if I forget my headphones at home, the treadmill quickly becomes the DREADMILL. Even with all the perks such as being able to track my speed, incline,distance and calories burned, I STILL find the treadmill to be insanely boring, if I don’t have music. So, what’s a girl to do if she forgets her music at home? Turn around and call it a day? Well I was thinking about it, but instead I decided to stay. Luckily, I was able to use some other creative methods to keep myself entertained, even without the help of my headphones.
How to Beat Treadmill Boredom
Add Variety: Include intervals in your workouts. Instead of just running at one constant speed, change it up. Try out some Tabata style workouts such as this one, or make up your own. Jot down a quick workout before you leave your house, and try to follow it exactly. Having a plan to go by will keep your mind engaged on your intensity, not on the clock.
Race the Person Next to You: Pick a treadmill next to someone who looks like their training really hard. Glance at the display on that person’s machine and try to work harder than they are. It’s a good way to give yourself an extra little motivation, and they won’t even know that you are racing them.
Change your Attitude: If you get onto the treadmill thinking that you will be bored to death, then you probably will be. Remember that the mind controls the body, and if you are able to run with music, than you can surely run without it too. Although it is nice to have music, a book, a magazine or a friend to help you get through your run, you should not have to rely on any of these distractions. Enjoy the fact that its just you, your body and your thoughts. Don’t let a gadget choose whether or not you will run!
How do you avoid getting bored on the treadmill?
Do you run with or without music?
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