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Treadmill Tricks

“The key is to trick yourself. Recently I joined gym that has— the horror! —no TVs and I’m not a fan of running with music. So I’m constantly coming up with ways to get a workout and make the time go by.”
—Ellison, a book bully and another mother runner

One way I trick myself is to check my calories and decide I will bump up my speed and run until I hit a certain number. Example: I may move my speed up two notches and run until my calorie count hits 250. Then back it down again and repeat later on.

Or if I’m really feeling motivated, I will vow to run faster until the person to my left or right changes their speed. This has come back to bite me on more than one occasion (i.e., the younger gal next to me never varied her speed) so I have to be feeling a bit Shalane-ish to attempt that one!

Have tricks to add? Post them in the comments below!

7 Responses to Treadmill Tricks

  1. I just moved from Southern California to Minnesota. Thanks for the treadmill tips because I have a feeling I’ll be on the ole’ dreadmill a lot this winter!
    Now, I just hope I can make it from my house to the gym in this crazy weather! ;-) Only slightly regret giving my treadmill to a friend before the move- as long as she uses it, it was worth it!

  2. Deanna says:

    I try to do something different for either two or three minutes. I will up the speed for two minutes. Then, lower the speed but up the incline for three minutes. I just keep changing something every two or three minutes so the time seems to go faster and my body doesn’t know what is coming. Just straight running at a steady pace on a treadmill makes time DRAG.

  3. Sammie Khora says:

    Treadmills are a great piece of exercise equipment, not only do you get to exercise your legs, your arms also get to work out as well.Treadmills also have speed settings, so you can choose the speed that is right for you. Beginners can start with a small jog…

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  4. Lorii Anne Nelson says:

    I like podcast music ! No lyrics just music

  5. Dave says:

    I found myself a small whiteboard that I put up in front of the treadmill to write down a favorite quote, date of the next race and anything that I think will provide the inspiration to get on it and work out. Dealing with Canadian winters the treadmill can be a very useful tool.

  6. FitFunMom says:

    I listen to books on CD to pass the time. Sometimes I go longer just to hit the end of a chapter!

  7. Anna says:

    In front of my treadmill is a picture of me & my Dad in a half marathon we did a couple years back. Totally motivating to run and look at that picture..reminds me to run harder or run further, even if I’m stuck indoors on a treadmill!

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