Boredom Buster Treadmill Workouts

In case you haven’t noticed, August is one of the hottest months of the year. At least it is where I am! Most days, all it takes is about one minute outside before I’m dripping with sweat.

As such, I tend to whole-heartedly embrace indoor workouts during this month. I also tend to get reacquainted with my treadmill at this point of the year. I no longer have the luxury of semi-cool outdoor runs like I do in the spring, so I suck it up and run inside.

I’m guessing that a lot you guys find yourself in a situation similar to mine during the summer months. I’d also venture a guess that some of you find treadmill running as boring as I do. I have VERY short attention span- probably the reason that I’m always doing a million different things at once…so the thought of jumping on a treadmill and just running for 30 minutes straight, with nothing to stare at by my ugly basement walls, rarely excites me enough to serve as any sort of motivation.

To help myself stay focused, I tend to come up with some atypical treadmill workouts. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you guys today!

Workout #1

This workout gets your heart pumping with 4 minutes of sprints and then gives you some time to recover by turning your attention to your abs! In case you’re not familiar, I thought I would explain a couple of the exercises:

Plank Walkups: Start in plank position on your forearms. Push yourself up ont your hands, one arm at a time, then return to your forearms one arm at at time. Repeat. (Also known as suicide planks and walking planks)

Plank Knee Tucks: Start in plank position with your hands flat on the floor and your arms straight. Bend one knee and bring it towards the opposite elbow under your body. Return your leg to its original position and repeat with the other leg. Continue alternating for the allotted time.

Workout #2

This workout is breaks up your running with a tabata and a plank between each mile. Tabatas are done by giving maximum effort for 20 seconds and recovering for 10 seconds. During this workout, I do each tabata two times through for a total of 4 minutes.

Some exercises you may not be familiar with:

Fast Feet: Pick a spot on a stair or box in front of you. Tap that spot with one foot, then immediately touch the same spot with the opposite foot. Repeat, switching feet as fast as possible, for the allotted time.

Frog Jumps: Start in plank position with your arms straight, hands flat on the floor. Jump your feet forward so they land next to your hands. Jump back to your original position. Repeat.

Workout #3

This is one of my all-time favorite workouts. It basically requires 1 minute of sprinting, and then you get a break from running to do another exercise. You can adjust the running speed to whatever is challenging for you! Trust me, those two miles will fly by!

There you go, friends! Three treadmill workouts that are perfect for short attention spans and will help you beat the summer heat with an indoor workout!

So tell me:

Do you enjoy running on a treadmill? Do you think you would like these workouts that help break up your running?

Enjoy! –Lindsay–

photo credit: eccambell

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Lindsay is Registered Dietitian and writes about food and fitness at The Lean Green Bean. She shares healthy recipes, fun workouts, and snapshots of her life. She lives with her husband in Ohio and enjoys traveling and spending time outside with her dogs.