Wednesday, August 19, 2015

10 Ways to Entertain Yourself On a Treadmill

Lately I've been trying to run a lot more to build up my endurance and get back into good shape for tennis season. Even though tennis isn't a lot of running, spending some time on the treadmill makes it easier to sprint to balls across the court (not to mention it makes our surprise timed miles slightly less stressful :). The only problem is I get so bored while running which makes me want to stop a lot sooner, which is definitely not ideal when you're trying to build up your distance. Soo after a bit of brainstorming I came up with some ways to entertain yourself on a treadmill! Listening to fun music is always a great idea, but I've noticed that when I forgot my headphones I zoned out and could run a lot longer because I lost track of time. See my 10 other tips below! 

1. Race the people next to you.
2. Make up elaborate back stories for all the people in the gym around you. 
3. Watch a TV show.
4. Think of something fun to do the next day. 
5. Think about the delicious and healthy food you are going to eat after your workout.
6. Pretend you are running in an Olympic race.
7. Bring a friend with you and catch up.
8. Plan out your meals for the next day.
9. Think of all the cute clothes you're going to wear after you shred some calories. 
10. Mix up your playlist and jam to some new songs.

Share your tips in the comments below!


  1. As a former cross country runner, when doing long runs, I set up a playlist for the amount of time that I want to run and I keep running until the playlist ends! It's a great way to stay entertained during those long runs that can seem like forever!

    - Kirstin

  2. If there are TVs in the gym without sound or subtitles on I like to watch them and try to figure out what they're saying or talking about. It gives you something else to really concentrate on and can make you lose track of time :)

  3. Love this post! I like to watch youtube videos on my phone; it makes my workout go by so fast!


  4. I love these tips! My gym has wifi, so when I'm on the elliptical I'll watch Netflix! To make it even better, I find a show that I really love and I'll only let myself watch it while I'm working makes me want to get to the gym!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  5. Totally love these ideas! I'm not the best runner, but constantly trying to go running and improve my skills! Love this post Caroline!

    Xoxo, Katelyn //

  6. LOL I'm crazy competitive so racing the person next to me could either go in a good or bad direction. Our school tennis season actually starts in January/February and runs through May. But, I love this post! It'll definitely help me prepare for USTA tournaments.
    Ruth S. |

  7. Uh the dreadmill. You are a rock star, my friend. I think breaking it up is essential. Go you!!! reproducir una carrera

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