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How not to be bored running on a treadmill says Jen Widerstrom



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Consulting Shape Fitness Director Jen Widerstrom is your motivated motivator, fitness professional, life coach and author of Diet Right for your personality type.

Sometimes I call it on the treadmill. What are some mental tips to keep it fresh and appealing? – @ msamandamc, via Instagram

I see so much about me in this question! Running for me has always been a struggle – I have to push for it. And I also had to get creative on how to stimulate my headspace on the treadmill so I can stick to it and take advantage of this effective tool.

Cue the Right Beats
Using your playlist is the most accessible pick-me-up: if you increase the speed and inclination of the choruses and work more moderately in each verse, the whole thing will be rounded off. (See also: I despised running ̵

1; now marathon is my favorite track)

Try this Spotify playlist to take a step into the high gear. It was specially trained by DJ Tiff McFierce for runners training for the SHAPE Half Marathon. (By the way, it's not too late to sign up for the next race – April 14, 2019!)

Try Intervals
I also recommend setting short-term goals for your running-band sessions. Instead of opting for 20 minutes in a row, I want you to set the speed and distance that you need to reach within certain times. For example, drive at the best speed you can hold for two full minutes. Take 60 seconds and replicate these two minutes by trying to get even one more kilometer. A total of five rounds, and you're already 15 minutes! Do you want a break from measuring the distance? Maintain your speed for each interval, but increase the slope each time. These small goals lead to a higher level of profile work and a much more appealing experience. (Be careful not to make these treadmill mistakes.)


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