Running is one of the most efficient ways to shed some kilos. Unfortunately, it’s quite boring — especially when the weather is crappy and forces you to run indoors on a treadmill.
However, you don’t have to hate your life every time you’re on a treadmill.
The trick is simple, DISTRACT YOURSELF (not much though, you don’t want to slam your face on a running treadmill right?) — give your mind better things to do and your treadmill workout is done
Break the Monotonous Workout with these tricks:
1. Think about your Form
You obviously don’t want to think about running while you are running. You can burn up a lot of time and calories (YES CALORIES!) with a mental checklist on your form. Think about your Neck and Shoulder. How you want those color bones back. One of the most sought after features. Think about your arms and swing them from front to back with relaxed hands.
2. Play With the Buttons
Running at the same exact pace will inevitably bore you tears. You can try one-minute interval training (alternate between running, jogging and walking). Research suggests that short sessions of high intensity workout can help you burn fat, if that’s your goal. If you just want to improve your fitness, science shows that intervals will help with that too.
3. Listen to your favorite music and sing along
Music can make running much easier. Studies find that music reduces your perception of how hard you are actually running by about 10 percent. Music also elevates positive aspects of mood such as excitement and happiness, and reduces negative aspects such as tension, fatigue, and confusion, so it can be used pre-performance to get runners into an optimal mind-set. Music can motivate you to push yourself harder and you can burn more calories in less time.
Play music on your stereo if you are working out at home, or listen to music using your headphones.
Select a variety of rock or dance songs for your playlist. They must have between 120 and 140 beats per minute. These songs help maintain your energy and motivation during your workout sessions.
4. Increase the Incline
Good news! You can walk instead of run on the treadmill, and still reap plenty of benefits — you just need to increase the incline. Once your body feels warmed up, alternate between one-minute intervals of walking slowly at the treadmill’s highest incline, and jogging or running on the same slope. Do three to six of these intervals, then move on to something else, like speed intervals.
5. Focus on Your Breath
A funny thing happens when you think about breathing, you sort of forget about the other things you’re doing, i.e., running. Try to coordinate your breath with your pace: Counting while you breathe is incredibly relaxing as well as distracting. Deep breathing can also lower your heart rate and blood pressure to help your body run more efficiently for a longer period of time.
6. Cover Up Your Monitor
Unless you’re doing time-based intervals, you really don’t need to see the timer. Just like when you want to leave work on a Friday, staring at the clock will only make it worse.
7. Plan Your Workouts around Your favorite series
You might not want to run, but you definitely want to watch your favorite series. You might find that you want to run a little longer just to finish an episode of Friends.