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3 Ways to Refresh Your Treadmill Workout

Is there anything more boring than the treadmill? After endless hours staring at the same wall, anyone would start to wonder if that’s all there is to exercise. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By shaking it up and loading your workout with variety, you can rediscover the fun of a good treadmill workout.

The first thing to remember is that any workout is and can be what you make it. The opportunity to go all out or to barely break a sweat is completely up to you. With that being said, even though the treadmill might be an uneventful and boring thought to most, you have the ability to make it fun and challenging. The following are several tips on how to create your own workout.

1) Change up the pace
If you always walk at the same speed for the same amount of time, your body will get used to the routine and you might not see the long-term effects that you desire. Keep in mind that the body responds to changes in pace and sparks your metabolism accordingly. You can begin by trying a pyramid scheme. For example: walk at 3.2 mph for 1 minute then pick it up to 3.5 mph for 1 minute, then go to 3.3 mph for 2 minutes and then 3.6 mph for 2 minutes, etc. You can continue up the pyramid until you reach a point where the speed is at a level where you cannot hold it for the time period and then go back down. Before you know it, you will be walking faster and the time will have flown by.

2) Change the incline
With the same thinking that was behind the change in pace, you can do the same with the incline. Shock the body a little bit and do some hill repeats. Your body will respond positively and you will gain some cardiovascular strength in the meantime.

3) Engage in another activity while on the treadmill
If you see an opportunity to spark a conversation with the person next to you, go ahead – talk your time away. There have been many studies that show the positive effects of having a training partner. You might also find some benefits to reading or watching television. Just be sure that you are safe and don’t lose too much focus on the task at hand.

These are just a few tips that can help transform the monotony of working out on a treadmill into a very rewarding experience all around. Now get out there and keep on walking!

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Member Comments

I tried the preprogrammed settings on my treadmill, but it kept changing the speed to 6 mph. Yikes! It's an old machine.

I usually walk outside, but I like walking videos as well like Leslie Sansone. When I am on a treadmill, it is usually during my nighttime phone call from my husband (lives in another state) or while watching something on my tablet. I once almost fell off because I wasn't paying attention to where my feet where going, so I keep it simple. Report
Thank You for the improvements recommended for my Treadmill Workout. Report
Simple concepts, good results. Report
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No treadmill available, but do walk an up and down route at park. Report
Interesting suggestions. I seldom am on a treadmill so will keep those in mind. Much prefer the outdoors to walk. Unless its a bad storm , rain or snow, I walk. Report
Great ideas I will try them right now just listening to music not to get bored Report
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You can actually lose weight and do well without ever using a treadmill...... Report
Hints to make the boring tenable Report
Thanks. Good ideas. I have already used some of them. Report
When I walk on the treadmill, I go for a virtual walk in a new location via Periscope or YouTube. I also regularly switch up speed and/or incline throughout so there is a lot of variety. Report
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Holly Little
Holly Little
A former Division I basketball player, Holly is a certified in Spinning and personal training.
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