Not only do I love to run, but I love the treadmill. A bit odd for someone who has self-diagnosed A.D.D., but it’s true; I find it easier to run on the treadmill versus the pavement. With colder weather right around the corner, most outdoor fans are forced to transition to indoor workouts. I know many LOATHE the big ‘T’ but here are a couple of tips on how to pass the time. Keep in mind that I have the attention span of a five-year-old.
Be Your Own DJ – Rev up the Ipod and be sure to add lots of mini playlists to your mix so you never get bored. Be sure to add some “mash ups” and fast-paced fun music that really get you going. (Note: I have music on even when I’m doing all the rest of the activities listed below. It’s the A.D.D.)
Grab the Remote – I know, I know… there isn’t much good programming to chose from these days, but it does serve as a great distraction. Not only do George and Robin fill me in on the world’s top stories during morning runs, but I’ve already got a couple of miles logged by the time Sam gets to his first weather forecast.
Go Ahead. Be Rude and STARE – Pick an object – a book on a shelf, molding around the doorway, a speck on the wall – and stare at it for as long as you can. It sounds ludicrous (OK, it is) but it actually works.
Interval Training – No time to slack because you’re scheduled to change things up in about 2 minutes! Not only is this a great calorie burner (some experts claim it’s the best routine a runner can follow) but because you’re constantly changing sequences – running to walking to sprinting – you never get bored. *Those who are more advanced can even add in side shuffles and backwards moves. Me? I’ll stick with the good ol’ face forward method.
Books on CD – Dig out your Sony Walkman Portable CD Player, pop in some batteries and head to the store (or library) and pick out titles you’ve been dying to get around to. If you’ve ditched yours along with Gordon Gekko cell phone, Amazon sells them for as little as $33.00. Of course, you can simply read an actual book or magazine but the words get all jumbled for me when I run at fast speeds.
Time Yourself – I saved the best for last because this is my own little made up game that makes the time fly by no matter what my mood or energy level. I’ll time myself in calories or miles depending on what I am watching or listening to. For example, if I’ve got the baseball game on (Yankees of course!), I’ll say to myself, “OK – you’ve got to burn 20 calories during Jeter’s at bat”, or “cover .3 miles during the next commercial break”. I’ll do the same with my music; i.e. 15 calories before the chorus part comes up. Sounds kooky (though perhaps not as strange as the spot-on-the-wall tactic) but these ‘mini goals’ always get me moving and motivated!