If you’re ready to kiss that boring treadmill workout goodbye, mix things up with these five workout ideas.
Running, jogging, or walking at the same pace in the same place for every workout can get boring really fast. The bad thing about boring workouts? First, you’re more likely to give up on exercise all together when you don’t find it enjoyable or challenging. Second, your weight loss and muscle gains may stall when you do the same exercise day in and day out.
Instead of resigning yourself to another tedious workout on the old treadmill, try mixing things up a bit with one of these five workouts. Each workout begins with a five-minute warm-up. Walk at a brisk pace or a slow jog to get your muscles warm and ready for the workout. Then, end your workout with a five-minute cool down by walking or jogging to bring your heart rate down slowly.
Ladder run – by incorporating interval training with increasing inclines, this workout will challenge your endurance and burn serious calories. After your warm-up, run for two minutes at a six mile-per-hour pace, then slow down to four miles per hour for one minute. Halfway into your workout, increase the incline to 4% for two minutes while running at six miles per hour. Reduce the incline to 0% for a minute at the four mile-per-hour pace. For the rest of your workout, alternate between your faster pace and an incline of 1-4% and your slower pace with no incline.
Hills – by avoiding hills in your workouts, you’re missing out on an effective way to burn calories, increase speed, and tone your legs and glutes in a hurry. The incline capability of the treadmill offers a workout that mimics running hills. Hills provide a natural way to do interval training….