The Best Ways To Make The Treadmill Less Of A Dreadmill
I don’t know about you, but the treadmill and I have a love hate relationship. If I can avoid it I will. But there are instances where you just can’t avoid it. So here are some amazing discoveries I have made to make my experience less of a ‘dreadmill’ one;)
Cover the dashboard so you can’t see the time or the distance. Just set it at an easy pace and keep on keeping on!
Get out of your head
Don’t think about how far you’ve run because then 3 minutes is going to feel like 30 minutes…..Personally I like to think about new ideas I have, inventions I could make, philosophy, yes even sometimes math…Anything that challenges my brain and can keep it preoccupied. The more I lose myself in my thoughts the longer and faster I can run.
Distract your thoughts
If you’re not one for getting lost in your own thoughts then play something to distract yourself. Listen to audio books, listen to language lessons on YouTube or a TedTalk. If your gym has TVs turn one on, and focus on the subtitles.
Another great way of getting out of your head is to create a story with your surroundings. Make a game out of running (ie. so you’re in a gym, you’re on the treadmill and there are a couple other people running too. So pretend that you are in some type of a movie like Avatar (the blue people) or something like Divergent and you and the other runners are being tested and only the best one will get picked.) It sounds weird but playing games like that seriously helps your time on the treadmill.
Change the negative self talk that’s going on in the back of your head. Don’t think about how much you hate the treadmill and how you are literally going nowhere. Think of how strong you are, tell yourself, “I can do this, I can keep running. I don’t need to turn the speed down. I got this.”
Your self-talk is either going to make your or break you. Think of it this way, when you’re running a race the spectators aren’t telling you to “slow down, you’re tired and need a rest” or “Running hurts you should just stop now.” NO WAY! Those spectators are cheering you on! Telling you, “Yes, it hurts. But you can do it! You are strong enough to accomplish your goals and finish that race!”
Darling, you need to have the spirit of a spectator! Forget that negative voice in the back of your head.
Get super motivated while running
I honestly have struggled with treadmills and stationary bikes my whole life because I prefer the “real” thing; being in the great outdoors. So I stumbled upon this great technique. If you don’t mind getting on YouTube and using your data unless if your gym has free wifi (always a win:) here are some of the inspirational videos I like to watch while running (Or cycling). I’ll just set it on the dashboard of the treadmill and run with ease while watching these:
- Run without limits
- Best running motivation
- Cycling motivation (I know this post is on running but this video has a great message and if you’re into motivational speeches then this will do it for ya!)
If you like this method but your headphone wires make it tricky…even if they don’t I would recommend getting some bluetooth headphones if you don’t have some already. They are amazing! I got the TaoTronics a few months ago and I will never go back to the headphone jack! They make working out a whole heck of alot easier! And with this style of head phones they’re secure in your ears so you don’t have to constantly readjust those annoying little ear buds. You can click here to check them out on Amazon.
In fact I love these headphones so much here is a shameless selfie to prove it:)
Switch up your music
Don’t get stuck in the same old routine. Try listening to a different genera, a different station, etc. (I’ll be posting a list of my favorite workout music soon. If you want to get updates on new posts make sure you subscribe)