Treadmill running……or “dreadmill” running as people often call it. You have the choice to run outside, but unfortunately, there is ice or subzero temperatures or you are in an unfamiliar location…..and back again you are on that treadmill again.
Ideas Can Help….
It doesn’t have to be so bad, everyone! You can be outside and potentially can get injured with black ice. Instead, you are in the comfort of your own home or gym with controlled weather conditions. I agree with you – if you are merely staring at a wall or at yourself in a mirror, treadmill running can be extremely tedious and boring. If that is all I did, I would have hung myself a long time ago in my basement….. not really, but you get the point.
Mix it Up….
Get a TV and put it in front of your treadmill and watch your favorite show – or a live sporting event – or an action movie – or anything on DVR. This will definitely make a difference. Something like Rocky or Die Hard keeps me going. Music! Anything that gets you excited – put it on. Or watch a concert on the TV of your favorite band and kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Lastly, change the incline, change the speed and change the temperature (open windows in the winter, for example) for different experiences in the same exact place. Have you ever tried to talk to a friend who is also on a treadmill?
Some Basic Rules….
Don’t forget to keep the treadmill at least at 1% incline to mimic the lack of wind resistance. Buy a treadmill for you – if you won’t use bells and whistles, don’t get them. If you run only 50 miles a year inside, don’t get the best model. I will go over my treadmill buying tips another day.
Treadmill running does not have to be painful – you can change your perceptions. If you think glass half empty, you will not like it. Maybe you can like it more now?? A little?