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5 Tips For Spicing Up Your Treadmill Exercise Routine

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Treadmills offer some of the best health benefits of all other exercise machines. If you are looking for a machine that will pack the most calories for every mile you log in, a treadmill is likely the piece of equipment for you. Unfortunately as with anything you may find over time you become bored with your workout routine. Boredom is one of the most common reasons people stop exercising regularly.

The good news? Your workout doesn’t have to get stale. There are many steps you can take to ensure your treadmill routine stays invigorating and exciting day after day. So, if you are looking for a little motivation try the tips listed below. You may find your treadmill workout infused with new zest!

Tip #1 Vary Your Workout

This one is a no brainer. If you can afford to, you should consider investing in a machine that offers multiple pre-programmed workouts. That way you can select a different workout routine weekly to help keep your workouts interesting. You can also opt for a machine with an incline that allows you to rotate flat runs with hill runs. This will help keep your fitness at peak levels and help keep you motivated.

5 Tips For Spicing Up Your Treadmill Exercise Routine

Tip #2 Workout Backwards
Another way to vary your routine is to walk or run backwards. You’ll actually burn more calories because your body has to work harder to focus and remain balanced while in reverse. Studies suggest that our metabolic rates increase when moving backward than forward. We use more muscle volume when walking or running backward! Just be careful you try this out SLOWLY at first. You don’t want to fall off the treadmill after all. Running backward will also challenge different muscle groups thus improving your fitness training. While some find running backward awkward initially, most do well after practicing for a little while.

Tip #3 Try Interval Training

If you get up every morning, hop on the treadmill and run three miles, in no time you’ll find you are bored and your body has adapted so you aren’t realizing the best benefits of your exercise equipment. Interval training is an easy way to spice up any exercise routine. Consider alternating high intensity intervals with a slower easy pace. You can run for 2 minutes on the treadmill for example at your maximum intensity, then walk for 3 minutes, then run again. You can also increase or decreases the incline or resistance for each interval to keep things varied and help improve your overall cardiovascular strength and endurance.

Tip #4 Get Some Good Music
If you don’t listen to anything while running you may find you’re bored within minutes of starting your exercise program. Consider mixing a bunch of CD’s so you have something interesting to listen to every time you workout. Alternatively you can punch in your favorite music video channel and enjoy various music videos while working out. If you are feeling really motivated you can even listen to books on tape while working out. There are a number of fiction and non fiction audio books you can buy to listen to while working out.

You can even learn to speak a foreign language! These suggestions will definitely keep your routine interesting.

Tip #5 Set Goals For Yourself

If you are just starting out you may aspire to run 1 mile. After time this gets easy. You have to continually set new goals for yourself to stay motivated while working out, regardless of the type of exercise you engage in. Once you hit a milestone consider setting new goals for yourself. You can set daily goals or weekly goals. These may be routine oriented (run 2 miles at X pace today) or total fitness related (improve muscle strength and lose 2 pounds in 2 weeks). Successful athletes know and understand the benefits of setting goals with respect to their fitness regimen. Fortunately you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from goal setting.

Remember, variety is the spice of life. This is probably truer when it comes to exercise than anything else. If you want to stick with your treadmill, then keep things spicy week after week. This will improve your total fitness and keep you engaged day after day for years to come.