Running on the treadmill can be one of the most daunting tasks when training for a race. It never ends; that is, until you give up and push the stop button. But how can you combat the boredom that sets in during your daily treadmill run?
Combat your boredom
SheKnows is training for our first half marathon at the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon in January. With the time change and the cold temps, sometimes we have to train inside. Here's how to make the dreadmill bearable.
Create a pump-up playlist
Editor's tip: Try Cardio Star Motiontraxx workouts, where you can download audio coaching for your treadmill run. A coach will lead you through your workout of choice with music playing, just like spin class!
Everyone has those few songs that motivate them to workout even harder. By creating your ultimate running playlist, full of songs with fast BPMs, you'll always have a pump-up song to keep you going. Try to choose shorter songs (around three minutes), so the constant switch-up will keep your attention.
Interval training is not only one of the best ways to improve your endurance, but also to keep you on your toes. Alternating between a sprint and a slow jog will keep your heart rate high and help make the time on the treadmill fly by.
Watch YouTube videos
Nothing is more motivating that seeing someone with your dream body, and where do the girls with the most bangin' bods hang out? Music videos, of course. Open up your YouTube app to play one of your favorite music videos. Watching YouTube is a safer alternative than reading on the treadmill, because you do not have to constantly keep your eyes on the screen.
Plan your dinner
The next most motivating thing for achieving your dream body is the dinner you're going to eat afterward. Think of all of the ingredients you have in your fridge and plan which delicious, healthy meal you are going to reward yourself with after you finish training.
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