My my my, what a beautiful day it's turning out to be! I'm loving this warm weather in December, it's one of my favorite perks of living in the south :)
Last night it was so nice out I decided to skip the gym and run outside around Music Row. I did a little over 2 miles at a 9:51 pace and then rounded that out with 1-min intervals of crunches and planks for a good 30-min workout.
I gotta tell ya, I do not miss the days of always having to do my runs indoors in the winter months. If you get easily bored when confined to indoor workouts in cold weather (like me!), here are some great tips on making treadmill workouts more fun via azcentral. Even though these tips are treadmill-specific, they could easily apply to your indoor stationary equipment of choice :)
Ways to Make Running on a Treadmill More Fun
1. Warm up slowly for your treadmill running workout. Walk at a leisurely pace and pick up speed little by little until you're jogging comfortably. Take an easy 10-minute jog before beginning to run.
2. Vary your pace. Run as fast as you can for 1 or 2 minutes. Take a breather at a slower pace for several minutes. Continue to alternate between challenging and recovery paces 5 to 10 times. Spend as much time at recovery pace as you do when running hard. Adjust the cycle to extend the time periods as your fitness level increases over time.
3. Run hard during commercials if you’re able to watch TV during your treadmill workouts. When your show resumes, slow the pace back down. Switch the order up by running at an easy pace during regular programming and taking slower recovery breaks during commercials. If a TV isn’t available, run for 10 minutes and drop to recovery pace for 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Vary your treadmill incline level by increasing it 4 or 5 degrees for about 20 minutes. Reset the incline to zero and repeat the cycle twice more during your workout to increase your aerobic capacity. Try speeding up during incline increases for a more vigorous session.
5. Experiment with the different programs that your treadmill affords you. Try various speed and incline intervals, hill climbing and heart rate monitoring modes to help strengthen your muscles and increase your aerobic capacity. It will help hold your attention and add some interest to an otherwise dull workout routine.
6. Walk backwards to culminate your treadmill running workout and ease yourself into a final cooling down period. You’ll challenge your balance while using leg muscles in a whole new way.
7. Cool down to end your session. Assume a comfortable recovery pace for 2 to 5 minutes. This will help prevent blood pooling in veins and muscles that can produce pain, cramps, swelling and sudden dizziness.
Whatever kind of weather you're dealing with, I hope you're having fun getting fit! What tricks/tips do you have for making indoor workouts more enjoyable?