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1. Listening to Wait, Wait! Don't Tell Me! Guys, this seriously makes my treadmill time fly by. As embarrassing as it is laughing out loud and getting the funny looks from fellow gym goers, it really does make for an entertaining workout. If NPR doesn't cut it for you, Runner's World recently posted an article about some other great podcasts (I'm going to have to check these out as well!).
2. Filling my playlist with music I love. I don't listen to music often on my outside runs for safety reasons, so running with music is kind of exciting for me. I think a lot of people would laugh at my workout songs, but they are the ones that I never get tired of listening to. They may not all be "pump you up" songs, but they get me excited about my workouts. Some of my favorites on it are:
- Uncharted - Sara Bareilles
- Feel So Close - Calvin Harris
- So Good - B.o.B.
- The Mixed Tape - Jack's Mannequin
- Play it Again - Luke Bryan
- (Kissed You) Good Night - Gloriana
- Switch - Will Smith (hehe)
- My Life - Billy Joel
- I Would Be Sad - Avett Brothers
You'll notice Reba did not make it on there. She's been banned from my playlists after way too many impromptu concerts happened....oops.
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3. Playing with the Speed/Incline. I hardly ever run at one speed when I'm on the 'mill. I use my indoor workouts to push a little harder than I might outside. Some of my favorites are the "Run at a 'Normal' Pace for 3 minutes, Push for 2 minutes" and the "Change Your Speed for Every New Song." It keeps me from getting bored and makes sure I get an extra good workout in. I think this has also helped me improve my speed outside! I haven't done much with the inclines lately. The treadmills at my little fitness center aren't the best and if you mess with the inclines too much they start acting a little weird. On a happy note though, there are FINALLY notices on the two (of the three ugh) broken 'mills saying that they will be fixed in the next week or so YAY! It has been a bit of a pain sharing one treadmill with the entire complex.
4. Being able to wear shorts and a t shirt. Sometimes I really just hate getting all bundled up. I'm not a girl who loves the cold and I appreciate that the gym lets me not worry about 17 layers for a quick run. I also like that my water is in the cup holder ready when I'm ready.
5. I usually don't pay much attention to the TVs at the gym, but I know a lot of people do. Some of my fellow gym goers bring their ipads in and set them up to catch up on shows. I kinda prefer just listening to my music, but every once in while I get caught up in a show (i.e. that time Curious George was running a race...and let's be real, Judge Judy can be pretty funny sometimes).
Any other great tips to beat treadmill boredom? I know nothing beats a gorgeous run outside but sometimes we have to work with what we've got. Happy running!