Running on a treadmill can be boring as watching snails move. Yet, we stick with it for its cardio benefits. However, you don’t have to thoroughly dread the tread. These surprising ways to genuinely enjoy a run on a treadmill will make this seemingly torturous activity more exciting.
Don’t run: Seems like a paradox, but a treadmill is so versatile, you can do more than run. Keep the speed on low and face either the left or right side of the machine. Steady yourself by holding on to the handlebars on either side and gallop to the side. Use your glutes by staying low in a squat form and hop to the side. Do this on each side for 30 seconds to one minute and take break by walking or jogging. You can increase the incline or the speed to give a higher impact to your body.
Compete: If you have a workout partner, great! If not, don’t fret! Compete against the runner next to you in a made-up race. Push yourself harder than him/her. Keep a time frame in mind. Don’t attempt to run at a fast pace for longer than what your body is capable of. Fix a time, and run as fast as you can.
HIIT Workout: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is known to be a great way to burn out calories (Google will support us on this notion!). Either set an interval training option on your treadmill or manually run. Depending on your level of fitness, run fast-paced for 30 seconds, and break into a slow jog for 15 seconds. If you’re more attuned to high intensity workouts, run for 40 seconds and rest for 10. HIIT workouts need not be done for long, either! Simply set a time you’re comfortable with and start the run!
Lunges: If you want to get in a fantastic lower body workout targeted at the quads and glutes, alternate a jog with lunges. For 30-45 seconds, do forward lunges and alternate with a jog, and a side gallop as explained above. Add light dumbbells as you progress to intensify the workout.
- High Knees & Butt Kicks: Set a low pace on the treadmill and get a great cardio workout! Alternate between high knee workouts, a jog and butt kicks. Keep alternating for a set time (about 10-15 minutes), and proceed to another cardio machine or strength workout!
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