Top Treadmill Domination Tips
(or, how not to die on a treadmill)
One of the most often heard complaints by runners is how much the treadmill sucks. Runners even go so far as to call it a dreadmill - for very good reasons. Anyone who has tried to pound out mileage on a treadmill knows that it can be boring.
I want to help you discover how to dominate your treadmill, be it at your house or the local gym.
Distraction is key. Just not too much distraction, or you will go flying off the back of the treadmill. I'll spare you the horrifying pictures.
- Get a gym towel and cover the display. Seriously. If you have to peak, that's fine. But really, once you start staring at the display it's all over!
- Create a music playlist to inspire you. I have my favorite playlists listed at the top of my blog and linked to Spotify. You can also putting together a playlist that lasts a certain length of time. Once the playlist is over, your workout is over.
- Race the person next to you. We all do it. It's just rude to yell "I've won!" when they quit running.
- Find an amazing (read: trashy) TV show and tune in. News does not work. Neither does documentaries.
- I'm just going to throw this out there - magazines. I mean, I've seen some people read them, I can't, too much bouncing around.
- While I'm throwing things out there, go ahead and dance on the treadmill. Totally counts as cross training and your miles. It's a win/win/win. And bonus points if you can do this -
- Use a pre-setting on the treadmill to experience hills. Or do a workout that's not distance/time based - check these out on FitSugar.
- Totally use the hot girl (or guy) to inspire you to run for one more minute... then another. It's like racing to the next tree only much more awesome and scenic.
- Bake cookies. Bring to gym. Set on treadmill. Promise yourself hot cookies after you run another mile. Bring extras to share. You've earned those calories, dang it! Plus it's sure to attract lots of new friends.
Remember, the treadmill is only as boring as you make it out to be. If you whine and moan and freak out over your treadmill miles they will be every bit as awful as you think they will be. This I know for sure - I've been there.
Anyone else have any thoughts on how to dominate your local treadmill?
Feet dominating Pavement cannot guarantee the results of any of these suggestions and cannot be held liable for you being kicked out of your gym.