Some of the biggest reasons are safety during the winter icy weather, comfort during super cold wind chill days and when you are recovering from an injury. Here are some tips to fight the boredom that may come from running on a treadmill.
Yes, running on a treadmill is something that can be very helpful and can keep you safe and warm. But, the reality is that sometimes it can be boring. If you are used to running outside and seeing the sights – staying in one place can drive you crazy. One of the things that may be possible is to position your treadmill by a window. By doing this, you can still see what is going on outside.
Another thing that you can do is to make sure that you have your treadmill positioned in front of a television. This is how I survive most of my treadmill runs. You can lose yourself in one of your favorite shows or a ballgame and you’ll be surprised how fast the time will go by.
Also, you can listen to a book on your mp3 player. This is another great way to get your mind busy on something else besides the treadmill. I don’t have books downloaded to my mp3, but I do have my tablet with my Kindle app with me sometimes when I run. There’s a place on my treadmill where it sits perfectly!
A good hill or speed work out will also help you get lost in your run – and forget where you are running. Start by an easy warm up mile and then go for a certain interval at a certain incline or a certain speed. Then, ease your treadmill back down for recovery and then do it again. A good hill workout – is to go up a certain amount of an incline (can be from .5% – 1%) until you work up to your goal incline. Then bring the treadmill back down to 0 or 1 for recovery and then do it again. This really will help the time fly by.
You can do the same thing with your speed levels for your speed interval workout. Or you can just have a goal speed and go straight to that for so long – and then back to your recovery speed. Either way is a great speed workout!