4 Simple Ways To Get More Out Of Your Treadmill Workout
Even for the most dedicated of gym goers, getting motivated for the treadmill can be a difficult task. You’re normally stuck in a hot, sticky room with nothing to look at apart from your own reflection. Recent scientific studies have also hinted at why our brains hate the treadmill – it doesn’t allow the mind to wander at will. A large chunk of concentration is needed to be able to stay on the machine, which makes it impossible to fully switch off from the monotonous running.
Over at Huffington Post, there’s an article which has four simple ways you can get the most out of your treadmill workout. Here’s a short extract:
1. Run To The Beat Of An App
This, however, is why apps and tech-integrated treadmills are so ideal. Take for example, Beat Burn, a treadmill app that manipulates the speed of your playlist to match the intervals in your workout. Listening to music doesn’t take the same kind of focus as watching a drama. “It’s the combo of music and coaching that keeps you motivated,” says Chris Klug, who designed many of the workouts in the app. “And it’s constantly changing, so you don’t have to think about getting through 90 minutes. There’s a change about every minute and a half.”
2. Run Around The World
Bit Gym offers “destination tours” in 70 different locations. You can run through the streets of Chicago, jog past bikini-clad women on the beaches of Sydney, or explore trails in the Swiss Alps. “Everything is filmed from the athlete’s point of view, and using interactive technology, the video goes as you go,” explains Fournier. Bit Gym uses the camera on your smart phone or tablet to analyze how fast you’re moving. If you slow to a walk, the video slows to reflect your change in pace.
If you haven’t noticed already, all of these steps include using treadmill apps to help relieve the boredom of your workout. They can be downloaded from the iTunes store where you’ll find everything from motivational speech to zombie apocalypse.
So even if in reality us treadmill users aren’t running anywhere, these four tips can help us grind out more miles and possibly even enjoy doing it in the process.
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