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5 treadmill boredom buster workouts

It’s that time of year again – the weather outside is frightful. Temperatures are dropping, snow is falling, and ice may be covering your favorite running route.

If you’re like me, you can’t run to the treadmill fast enough. But if you’re like my husband, the last thing you want to do is hit the “dreadmill” for your runs. Still, sometimes Mother Nature leaves us no choice and the treadmill may be the only place you can run on the worst winter days.

These quick, challenging workouts switch up the pace or incline so often that you won’t get bored. Who knows – you may even enjoy your time on the treadmill. (OK, maybe we’re being a tad optimistic.)

Note: Adjust the belt speed accordingly based on your ability. The starting speed does not matter, but increase or decrease the belt speed by the same interval as the example.

Treadmill Boredom Buster: 20-minute sweat session, If you only have 20 minutes to run and want to get the biggest bang for your buck, give this high-intensity interval workout a go.   It’s guaranteed to make you sweat!


TREADMILL BOREDOM BUSTERS: 30-minute ladder sessions, Increase your speed and incline with each of these “ladder” sets – your mind and body will never get bored.

45-minute treadmill boredom buster: This longer workout takes your heart rate up, down, and back up again and torches calories along the way.

Treadmill boredom busters: 2 hilly miles, For these climbs, set the treadmill belt speed at an easy run pace. Challenge yourself to hold that speed even when the hills get tough. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, repeat this workout to make it 4 miles.
Treadmill boredom busters: four fast miles, Picking up the pace gradually with this workout may help you to negative split in races come spring.

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Written by Jen Matz.