(Closed) how to stay entertained on treadmill

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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
1227 posts
Bumble bee

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
9673 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How about podcasts?  I listen to them at work and in the car and they really help pass the time

Post # 7
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
1860 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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.

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