How To Avoid Treadmill Boredom – Women's Running UK

How To Avoid Treadmill Boredom

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  August 2, 2017

How To Avoid Treadmill Boredom

If you’re fed up with getting wet and cold during your training runs this winter – or don’t feel safe running early morning or in the evening when it’s dark – the treadmill is a good option. Here’s some easy ways to make treadmill running more appealing.

1. Know your treadmill

Get to know the different programmes on the treadmill. Many people only get friendly with the quick start or manual programmes. Try a programme you’ve never tried before – use the ‘personal trainer’ programme if your treadmill has one, as it will tailor the routine to suit your age, weight and fitness levels – and it will give you a real challenge. The ‘random’ programme can be similarly challenging, as it’s far more exciting not knowing what’s coming next.

2. Break up your runs

If you get really bored doing 30 minutes of plodding, run for ten minutes, then get off and do some light weights, run for another ten minutes, then do some core moves and then run for your third and final ten-minute burst. Try to improve the distance covered with each burst of ten minutes.

3. Embrace those inclines

Don’t neglect the incline button! Even running on a 0.5 per cent incline will prepare you for outdoor running. For variety, run at a faster speed on the flat for a few minutes, then reduce your speed but run on an incline for a few minutes, repeat the pattern and so on. You could always try to increase the incline by half or one per cent each time as well. Allow recovery periods if you need them.

4. Vary your speed

To make you treadmill training effective and more enjoyable, incorporate plenty of time running at a variety of speeds into your routine. Pay particular attention to your high-intensity speed work. Running faster for longer will provide a greater challenge to your fitness and running muscles, creating changes in your body which will prepare you for running outside, where you’ll be moving more slowly but contending with more challenging terrain and variable weather conditions.

5. Find a solution

Got a problem? Solve it in your head while you run. Ask yourself, what is the problem? How would I like to tackle it? What options do I have? What result would I achieve? What would I be happy with as a solution? Kicking this around in your head while you run will take your mind off the run, while helping you to resolve any problems that have been bothering you.

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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