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Well+Good readers’ top tips for treadmill time


E'Lisa Campbell/Flickr
E'Lisa Campbell/Flickr

Welcome to our every-so-often series of questions to discover how you, our readers, live a super interesting, healthy life. We totally invite you to dish on your habits, preferences, and know-how in the comments, and we may even use our favorite ones in an upcoming article!

This week we asked you to share your best tips for surviving treadmill boredom, for those days that running outdoors is just not an option. Though some readers prefer to just bundle up and face the elements, many of you shared your secrets for making the miles fly by.

Here are Well+Good readers’ 5 best tips for attacking the indoor miles, and having fun while doing it.

1. Queue your favorite series on Netflix

It’s easy to lose yourself in a run when you can lose yourself in one of your favorite shows. Reader Kelsi’s favorite? Friends. “I know it well enough that I don’t need to be looking at the screen—which helps so I can concentrate on form and not miss anything in the show.” Other readers prefer cooking competitions and game shows so that they’re forced to run until the end, to find out who won.

2. Have some healthy competition

When motivation is low, Well+Good readers run with company. You love Mile High Run Club and Precision Run at Equinox to get in your miles. Looking for some competition at your local gym? @heykeels told us, on Instagram, that she likes to race whoever is on the treadmill next to her—like a running buddy, even if they don’t know it!

Liz told us that she reserves her special playlist for runs, “so I look forward to those songs.”

3. Run to the beat of your favorite tunes

Nothing gets your legs moving like an up-tempo playlist. Many readers choose songs that match the pace they’re aiming for, so that they can feel the rhythm pumping through them. Another smart reader tip? Liz told us that she reserves her special playlist for runs, “so I look forward to those songs,” she tells us. Need some playlist inspiration? Well+Good readers have been jamming out to music from Hamilton recently, and we’ve compiled a bunch of other reader favorites into one killer playlist.

4. Change up your pace

When Well+Good readers hit the treadmill, they don’t usually just set a single speed and go. Instead, intervals and changing incline keep you on your toes, making time pass a little more quickly. “I never run at the same speed or incline for more than five minutes,” reader Liz tells us. “I increase speed and incline every few minutes for a while. Then maybe I’ll do some intervals between sprinting and jogging. Then some really steep incline walking too!”

5. Pick up a book

An audiobook, that is. Our readers are busy people. Between early-morning boot camp and preparing deliciously nutritious dinners, we imagine you sometimes have a hard time finding a moment to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read. Many of you told us that you use your treadmill time to listen to your favorite page-turners to pass the time. May we recommend one of our current must-reads?

While you’re enjoying your indoor miles, make sure you’re practicing good form, too!