Post # 1
I hate running on the treadmill, but it’s a necessary evil of living in a place with a cold and snowy winter. I can handle 3 miles pretty easily, but it is so hard to make myself keep going past that.
The treadmills at my gym have a TV screen above the display with local cable tv channels. They can hook up to your iPod/iPhone too. I’ve been watching TV, but the commercials make me so bored. I adjust the speed and incline to keep myself moving and focused.
Any tips out there for staying entertained on the treadmill? Is there a free/cheap way to get movies downloaded onto my iPhone to watch so I can avoid the commercials on the TV channels?
Post # 3
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When I am stuck on a treadmill, I use intervals to keep me interested and I manage them by hand. That way, I’m focused on just the next 2 minutes or 5 minutes or whatever instead of the entire hour.
Post # 4
You’ll get far better results from intervals than long duration steady state cardio and it’s impossible to get bored with intervals. When I have no choice but long periods of steady state cardio (walking 90 minutes home from work on a nice day) I listen to podcasts as they engage my mind more I find.
Post # 5
I listen to music. I will watch TV if it is there in front of me. I will also do alternate things to keep me from getting bored sometimes. Like I will run 3 miles and then do 10 minutes walking at 3.2 with the incline at max, then walk a few minutes normally and then run again. So that breaks it up into 5-10 minute intervals or whatever.
I still hit a wall at about 60-70 minutes and I can’t stand the treadmill anymore (I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to stay on it any longer than that). Usually that is fine and I’m done, but I do like to run/walk longer (like 10+ miles) sometimes and honestly I can really only do it outside. So I just tend not to do as much running during the winter and I will do other things/machines in the gym instead.
Post # 6
How about podcasts? I listen to them at work and in the car and they really help pass the time
Post # 7
Running intervals is pretty much the only way I can keep myself on a treadmill! I also have Hulu+, which I can watch on my iPhone, so old episodes of The Office help too.
Post # 8
I listen to music – I download songs that have a beat that I can match my strides with, and sometimes use my Zumba songs too (so I can do the dances in my head – ha!). Sometimes I will watch ESPN or something similar on the treadmill’s TV, it tends to ‘distract’ me better than regular TV shows.
If your gym has internet (or your iphone has a good signal there), have you considered using Netflix? It’s not free, but I think it’s very reasonable. Then you could watch commercial-free TV and movies.
Post # 9
I have netflix on my phone, but don’t have enough data in my plan to use it unless I’m connected to wifi. They do have free wifi at the gym, but I couldn’t find a signal in the cardio area yesterday. I don’t know if it reaches that far, since the building is all concrete. I don’t mind paying to “rent” movies on my iphone, but they would have to download to the phone if I can’t get wifi.
It does baffle me that I can run 20 miles outside when I want to, but it seems so much harder to cover just a couple miles on the treadmill.