Jazzing Up the Dreadmill

Today I am not having the best day but looking at these helps make me feel stronger. What do you do when you aren’t having a good day?

Ran (on the dreadmill): 4.5 miles

Taken while running a race this summer (hence the blur factor)

AND it begins…

I actually realized once I get in my running zone the dreadmill is not so bad. But it take at least 2 miles to get there. A grueling 2 miles I must say.

To combat the boredom I brought some mags (Elle, Shape, and American Fitness) to the gym. The dreadmills in my apartment don’t have TVs but I am guessing having them would be helpful. Running and reading will take some practice but I am sure I will get the hang of it soon enough. I also tried to break up the running by doing a little bit of interval training. This year i am going to work on my speed. Interval training also makes dreadmill workouts go by a little faster.

Last night I ran: (with an incline of 1.0)

6.1 for 10 minutes as a warm up

7.8 for 3 minutes to get the heart pumping

6.0 for 4 minutes

7.5 for 3 minutes


5.8 10 minutes

7.8 3 minutes

6.0 4 minutes

7.8 3 minutes


Here are some other ideas from Women’s Health I am going to try to make dreadmills a little more tolerable.

Play By Numbers

First, calculate your maximum heart rate (MHR) by subtracting your age from 220. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends hitting at least 70 percent of your MHR while you exercise to maximize your calorie burn and fat loss. If you don’t have a heart rate monitor, count your pulse for 10 seconds, and multiply that number by 6. Keep working at 70 percent of your MHR for as long as you can. When you get tired, slow the treadmill to an easy jogging pace, and rest for a few minutes. Next, see how long you can go at 85 percent of your MHR.

Random Pickup

Tom Holland, a triathlete and physiologist in Darien, Connecticut, suggests watching a 30-minute TV program, like the nightly news. Increase your speed so that you’re running hard (about 80 percent of your maximum) during the commercials. When Katie Couric returns, slow your pace to an easy jog.

Take a Hike

Rebecca Rusch, top adventure racer and 2003 winner of the Raid Gauloises, likes to walk or run on an incline to mimic hiking outside. Some treadmills have preprogrammed hiking trails, but if yours doesn’t, Rusch recommends this: Walk at 3.5 miles per hour on a flat belt. Increase the incline every minute until it reaches 5 percent, and stay for three minutes. Next, lower and raise the belt every two minutes until you’ve been exercising for 25 minutes. Gradually lower the belt and decrease your speed over five minutes to cool down.

Weight it Out

If you’re short on time, do double duty with your cardio and grab a pair of two to five pound dumbbells. Perform biceps curls as you walk, raising and lowering your arms with each step. Next, perform military shoulder presses. Hold the dumbbells at shoulder height, with your palms facing forward. Press them up overhead, and return them to start. Do 10 repetitions of each exercise. If you need your hands for balance, try this on a stationary bike.



2 thoughts on “Jazzing Up the Dreadmill

  1. ElenaSC says:

    I just started running – only few months – and I just posted about this new adventure (http://wp.me/pXsUB-Bk).
    If you have any advice for me…. it would be great!

    • Running is such a great workout, mentally and physically. My biggest suggestion would be to stay consistent with your training. I know personally when I take even a week off it is hard to get back into a routine. Find a fun place to run or even a fun person to run with. When you have great surroundings the time just seems to fly by 🙂 Have fun!! and Gooood luck!

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