Active Living, Health & Fitness

5 Ways to Avoid Boredom on the Treadmill

I have a love/hate relationship with running. I love it because I can push myself. I can run further, faster, longer. I can work hard and see results and improvement from it. On the other hand, it can get really boring. It’s not so bad in summer, I can run outside and have a change of scenery. I used to do runs along the river and there was always so much to see and the view was beautiful. I now live in an area that I’m not as comfortable running alone in, especially in the early morning. Plus, winter. This means I spend a lot more time on the treadmill in order to get my cardio in.

There is a joke that treadmill minutes are the longest minutes out there. I have to say, there is a lot of truth to that. I’ve realized that I could never run a full or half marathon because I feel like I would just get really tired of running. Clearly, I give HUGE kudos to anyone who is able to run long distance. Not just because of the sheer difficulty of it, but also because the length of time invested.

While I stick to my 5k’s, here are some ways to keep the treadmill interesting, or at least not completely boring.

Make an epic playlist

When a teacher is leading a spin class, or really any fitness class, they invest time into making the best playlist possible. They chose songs that will help push and motivate you. Why should your solo treadmill run be any different? Create a playlist for yourself that will inspire you to keep running. Do you know that you always get tired and want to slow down after mile 2? Pick a fast song with a good beat! I don’t know about you, but I certainly want to “push it” more every time Salt-N-Pepa comes on my iPod! Listen to all your favourite songs that will help you forget the task you have ahead of you.

Do intervals

Don’t spend your entire time on the treadmill at one speed with one incline. Mix it up a bit! Push yourself to run for a certain amount of time before slowing down. If you’re someone who prefers to walk, play with the incline. Not only will you see and feel more changes from this, but it will also help pass the time.

Have some entertainment

It seems like most treadmills nowadays have TV screens included and some gyms even have Netflix available on their machines. Watching a show is a great way to pass the time, it can make a 30-minute run feel more like 10. Other options including bringing a book or magazine to read, people-watching, or even listening to a podcast! There are so many ways to keep your mind entertained and not focused on the seconds that are slowly passing by on the treadmill.

Focus on your goals

Remember why you’re on the treadmill. Anytime that the walk or run is starting to feel too difficult or too long, think about your reasons. It can be training for a race, wanting to lose weight, wanting better endurance, there are so many valid reasons! Keeping it in the forefront of your mind why you are putting yourself through this will make every minute worth it, no matter how long they feel.

Do the math

There are days that I want to be done after just one minute on the treadmill. I’ve had enough already. But hey, I’ve already made it one minute, what’s doing that one minute 29 more times? Or if I’m one minute through a 5-minute push, I only have to do that four more times. That’s nothing! This way of thinking helps keep me motivated, it pushes me, and it keeps my mind busy! This is also joked about in the video below, but hey, it works!

It doesn’t matter if you’re running or walking, a total newbie or a seasoned runner, treadmills can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Using these tips will hopefully make your time spent on the treadmill a little more bearable.

Do you have any tricks to help pass the time on the treadmill? Tell me below!

To end this off, here is a video courtesy of Buzzfeed that is just SO accurate.

1 thought on “5 Ways to Avoid Boredom on the Treadmill”

  1. Boy do I need these… Only I prefer the elliptical to the treadmill! Thanks for sharing and motivating me to get off my butt today! Blessings!


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