On Saturday, I did the unthinkable. I, a self-proclaimed hater of the treadmill, ran on this machine for a whole hour. Even 15 minutes is usually unbearable to me. I've worked up to 30 minutes, and I'm finally comfortable doing that. I always prefer to go outside, but when I looked out the window on Saturday morning and saw snow on the ground, I knew that my long run was going to be on a treadmill. My goal was eight miles, but I settled for six. Eight will have to wait.
Running on the treadmill is great exercise, and yet so many people loathe running in place on a conveyor belt with no change of scenery except for the digital numbers on the machine. One of the best things about the treadmill, though, is that the workouts can actually be versatile and fun. I learned this when I was shaping up for my wedding and looking for high-intensity interval training workouts. You also don't have to run the whole time, or at all, to get your butt kicked (in a good way). These workouts go by quickly and can get you in better shape no matter where you are in your fitness journey. Here's a roundup of some of some challenging but (potentially) fun treadmill workouts:
30-minute Bun-Burning Power Walk from Freeing Imperfections
Intense Incline Treadmill Walking Workout from Peanut Butter Fingers
The New Runner Treadmill Workout from Popsugar
40-Minute Run/Walk Intervals from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life
ADVANCED HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING WORKOUTS
30 Minute HIIT from Melinda's Fitness Blog
3-2-1 Run! Treadmill HIIT Workout from Your Trainer Paige
Advanced 30-Minute Treadmill HIIT Workout from He & She Eat Clean
ABOUT jennifer Martin, MS, RD, LDN
I am a Chicago-based Registered Dietitian working primarily in Acute Clinical Care. I started this blog in 2010, before I even knew that I wanted to be an RD! Now, as an active dietitian, this blog will become part of my life again. Read about my current healthy habits, but please peruse my old posts (from 2014 and before) to read about life as an RD student and my previous years in Australia!