Stroll into a health center or gym almost anywhere in the world and you’ll come across a treadmill.
They're ubiquitous. You may even find one in the living room of a pal or the office of your favorite CEO.
The setup is simple enough - once you flip the switch there's a continuous belt that moves which allows the user to simulate the act of running, jogging, or walking. If you are rehabbing an injury, stuck in unfamiliar environs that make a run kind of sketchy, or pushed indoors due to bad weather, the treadmill can make for a stable and trusted friend.
Alas, you likely have more interesting friends. This one only cooks pasta and seems to have lost all the herbs and spices. Enduring a mile on the treadmill can leave you feeling like a deranged hamster on a wheel.
Make your time on the 'mill a bit easier by putting your ego to the side and learning a few fun hacks to meet your alternative cardio demands:
1.0 For the Win
Running enthusiasts in conjunction with exercise scientists have determined that setting the grade to 1.0 will even out the effects of taking the party indoors. In other words, the benefits of road running no longer become statistically significant once you set the treadmill's incline to 1.0.
Agility on Parade
The term agility refers to one's capacity for starting, stopping, and changing direction. Spice up that boring old run by doing some side shuffles and back peddling. Start slow with these or you will end up on your tush.
Turn off the treadmill and power the belt with your leg strength or set the speed to a slow and do a few walking lunges until those glutes are on fire.
App it Up
There are loads of fun running apps to keep you motivated and moving. Zombies, Run! Is a good time. Toss on your headphones for a simulated run for survival - grunts and moans of the undead included!
Mix it Up
Increase your speed and run for a minute. Slow things down, but raise the incline. Fast walk up a hill, before hitting the flats for a sprint.
Play around with this menu and 30 minutes of running indoors will go by in a flash and leave you excited and motivated for your next workout.