Bored after the first few minutes on treadmill. What to do?



  • Azdak
    Azdak Posts: 8,281 Member
    I do different combinations and challenges. You can do all kinds of interval combinations. I'm a data guy, so I always have a list of performance benchmarks to keep me motivated. The toughest workouts are the base endurance ones and that's where the ipad comes in handy--at least for an incline walk workout (for running, need a TV).
  • Lynzdee18
    Lynzdee18 Posts: 500 Member
    Oops. I misread. I thought elliptical. Do Not shut your eyewear. You'll fall off!
  • Selkie_Runner
    Selkie_Runner Posts: 41 Member
    Melolson14 wrote: »
    I have tried treadmill and I seem to be bored after the first 5 minutes. What can I do
    Go outside and run/walk there
  • Magrice13
    Magrice13 Posts: 1 Member
    The ONLY thing that made the treadmill bearable for me when I was using it was I was using it at the gym and it faced the TV. I would watch something on TV with the closed caption AND have my music playing through headphones. Lol. I had to have the stimulation from both to stick with it at all. As soon as I built up my endurance though, I started doing something else.
  • ltworide
    ltworide Posts: 342 Member
    Find an activity you enjoy to do...go outside, do circuit training, play a sport you enjoy, join a dance class, martial arts...
  • Bluepegasus
    Bluepegasus Posts: 333 Member
    Run outside.

    This. I have never run on a dreadmill, I would find it boring too and would struggle to go any distance. Outside you have things to look at, and even if it gets tough and you want to stop, you have no choice but to carry on to get back home, whereas a dreadmill would be too easy to get off.
  • LisaJV
    LisaJV Posts: 10 Member
    I'm using the time to learn French on my Ipod - I also stare out the window at my car to make sure no one is stealing it from the Gym Carpark! :)
  • Froggymcconnell
    Froggymcconnell Posts: 92 Member
    I downloaded app to iphone called Zombies, Run - its brilliant - it keeps me going as i find it interesting lol. never gets boring lol
  • Tyler2020Mike
    Tyler2020Mike Posts: 53 Member
    Melolson14 wrote: »
    I have tried treadmill and I seem to be bored after the first 5 minutes. What can I do

    Ditto. This has happened to me before on multiple occasions. Try listening to your favorite music, or reading a book. I usually day dream.
  • Dominicj569
    Dominicj569 Posts: 30 Member

    The point isnt so much to run, its to run faster than last time.
  • ghimm
    ghimm Posts: 38 Member
    Try intervals or a c25k program. I find that if I don't allow myself to do any one speed or incline for more than 2 minutes, it distracts me enough... Or I'm counting down seconds until I am allowed to walk again. Either way, I don't get bored.
  • Mlkyway
    Mlkyway Posts: 1 Member
    I started running 5 years ago and music didn't do it for me. Audible books saved me. I can go for miles with a good thriller going in my ears.
  • spookyface
    spookyface Posts: 420 Member
    Lennonluv2 wrote: »
    Its all about the music!

    Agreed, it's a chore w/o music.
  • kuroshii
    kuroshii Posts: 168 Member
    I prefer the bike when I'm in the gym, personally, with LOUD STOMPY MUSIC on my headphones. I do know several people who enjoy audiobooks while on the treadmill.
  • rldeclercq4
    rldeclercq4 Posts: 269 Member
    Incline will get your blood pumping
  • erickavalos96
    erickavalos96 Posts: 47 Member
    I wouldnt distract yourself by watching anything, I find running on any machines extremely boring as well, what helped me was running outside and doing high intensity interval training which is challenging so you dont have time to get bored
  • Gisel2015
    Gisel2015 Posts: 4,100 Member
    Oh I wish I could walk (I don't run anywhere) again in the treadmill. I loved it and I loved to change speed and inclines and get a good cardio workout while just getting lost in my own thoughts. No music, apps or TV needed. But my knees are bad and the treadmill and my OA don't get along. I am now in love with the ARC Trainer but I still miss the treadmill. Interesting how different some of us are with respect to exercise and equipment.

    OP have you tried the ARC? Is a really good workout, gently on the hips and knees and with lots of programs options to choose from.
  • VeryKatie
    VeryKatie Posts: 5,910 Member
    You could try dancing to music on your treadmill.

    @someone! post that video of the guy dancing on the treadmill that's awesome...
  • JoRocka
    JoRocka Posts: 17,551 Member
    go out side.
    or run harder.

  • RespectTheKitty
    RespectTheKitty Posts: 1,667 Member
    I like to play games with the numbers on the display. I like nice, round, even numbers, so I'm always like, "I'll just keep going until I reach 1.50 miles," or "I'll just go until I hit 300 calories burned." And by the time I hit one number, another number is close to reaching a milestone, so then I'll keep going until I hit that, etc. etc. etc. That plus really good, kick-*kitten* music is what keeps me going on the treadmill.