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I have been in a bit of a funk lately. I don’t know if it’s the cold or what, but I just haven’t had the motivation to do much exercising.
It’s like I’m in hibernation. I’m a little jealous of those bears and all that sleeping they do!
Most people get in an exercise funk every now and then. The challenge is to avoid letting the funk take over. You decide to forgo a run one day because the weather is cold, then the next thing you know you are counting the steps you take to get to the fridge as exercise.
I always remind myself that even a little bit counts. You do not have to run three miles every day to stay fit.
Researches from UNSW found that women in their study lost three times as much weight doing shorter, interval training than those exercising for a longer period of time at a continuous pace.
So, even though I absolutely despise the dreaded treadmill, I decided 20 minutes couldn’t possibly be so bad.
Simple 20 Minute Treadmill Workout
Since I am not the biggest fan of treadmill running, I did some research on ways to make it more enjoyable. I know I could always just throw on some cold weather gear and head outside, but sometimes it’s just WAY too cold (or there’s ice on the ground).
Here are some other posts I found that may encourage you to jump on that treadmill.
- You don’t always have to run on the treadmill. Try not to break your neck with some of these clever exercises that’ll certainly make your treadmill workout less boring.
- Avoid injury with a few tips. Read about the 10 treadmill mistakes you may be making over at Prevention.
- Take the dread out of the treadmill. Sparkpeople has some ideas for making treadmill running an enjoyable experience. I really like the idea of “racing” someone!
For those of you interested in purchasing a treadmill, we really like the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill. It wasn’t too pricey, and it gets the job done! It was really easy to put together and it runs very smooth and quiet.
Now check out my simple 20 minute treadmill workout. Mix and match the incline and speed to what you are comfortable. I like doing different versions of this so I’m never bored.
Do you like using a treadmill? Let me know in the comment section below!