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5 motivating ways to fight boredom on a treadmill

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Treadmills are an essential part of many people’s training program. Using a treadmill in a warm, safe environment is convenient and effective.
However, many people complain that exercising on the treadmill is boring!

Here are some great tips and suggestions on how to keep motivated and entertained while using a treadmill.


Entertainment on Treadmill

Watching a movie or a TV program while working out has two major benefits:

  1.  You will feel happier and more motivated during your exercise session
  2.  It will definitely feel like time passes more quickly!

If you feel totally absorbed in the screen you are watching you won’t be fixated on the digital clock and the passing of each second.

You need to make sure you are either using a treadmill that has an in-built television OR you have an easy-to-fix TABLET MOUNT for your own Ipad or other device.


Tablet Treadmill

This simple ‘easy-fix’ tablet mount from Charger City is compatible with any size or shape of handlebar and can be installed within one minute!

It is compatible with many types of tablet including Ipad, Ipad mini, Microsoft Surface Pro and Nexus Fire.

You can fix it to your treadmill at home or take it to the gym with you. Spending a few dollars on this simple device could transform your workout and encourage you to exercise more and get fitter and healthier!

Is it safe to watch TV when using the treadmill?

For the most part, this is safe to do, but we have a few recommendations to ensure you stay safe and healthy:

  • Always make sure you attach the safety clip between you and the treadmill  (if there is one).
  • It is safer to be absorbed in watching TV when you are walking or slowly jogging on the treadmill.  If you are a fast runner or doing interval type training sessions, you may wish to listen to music instead
  • Try not to tip your forehead forwards when watching the screen to prevent over-extension of the neck muscles


listen to music on treadmillHere are some of the ways music will benefit your exercise session:

  • You will exercise longer and harder if you choose some upbeat music that makes you feel happy and motivated
  • Music can drown out irritating and distracting background noisese – e.g. other machines and other people!
  • If you are listening to music, you can’t hear the sound of your own breathing!  Trust me, listening to your own huffing and puffing can be a major demotivator!


Most people these days use their mobile devices to listen to their favorite music, and use a pair of good quality headphones.

One major disadvantage of wearing standard issue earphones is that they tend to pop out due to your movements on the treadmill.

Earphones pop out

We strongly recommended using:

  • Earphones that fit AROUND THE EAR such as these ones from Philips which come in a variety of colors:
  • Headphones that fit OVER THE HEAD, such as the well-known superior headphones from BEATS are generally the best choice for runners as they don’t tend to slip and offer amazing sound quality.
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If you really want a hassle-free experience, then choose Bluetooth and wireless headphones as the wires won’t get tangled up in clothing or pulled by the movements of running or walking.

TOP TIP:  Create a go-to playlist with your most uplifting and motivating songs, specifically for working out to!


Intervals on TreadmillMake the most of your workout by doing some interval training.

Interval training is the favored method of exercise for athletes that really helps you get fitter and faster.

How to do Interval Training:

  1. Run fast for short periods (up to 2 minutes) at a fast pace you would not normally run at.
  2. Follow that with a rest period of walking or slow jogging
  3. Repeat

As you get fitter, you will be able to run these intervals at a faster pace (don’t increase the time beyond 2 minutes).  You many also be able to decrease the rest period time or increase the rest period speed.

Many runners say that the treadmill is ideal for interval training as it allows you to define the exact speed and distance you wish to run at.

Interval training pushes your body beyond it’s normal limits*, and it therefore undergoes a number of responses that result in you getting fitter and faster!

Some treadmills have in-built programs that allow you to set up your own interval training workout.

*Always seek guidance from your doctor before commencing an exercise program


listening to audiobooksListening to an audiobook instead of music might seem like a unusual choice, but getting hooked into a great story is a fantastic way of diverting your attention!

Audiobooks are particularly suited for long, moderate-paced treadmill workouts.   The story allows you to develop a strong, rhythmical pace and allows your mind to take a total break from day-to-day life.

You can listen to audiobooks on any mobile device, Ipad or tablet.  If you download the Kindle app onto your device, it makes it easier to upload audiobooks.

Did you know that you can borrow digital books completely free of charge if you have an Amazon Prime membership?   It’s called the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library* and Prime members can borrow a new book every month.  There are literally hundreds of thousands of titles available!

Amazon Prime membership  also includes access to music, videos and of course FREE two-day shipping on products bought from Amazon


Goal SettingThe biggest motivator of all is to have a specific goal that you are aiming for.  Goals can be long-term, medium-term or short-term (ideally you will have all three!).

Use SMART goals to help you keep motivated:

Specific – what is it EXACTLY that you want to achieve?

Measurable – how can you measure your progress towards that goal?

Achievable – are you sure that you will be able to achieve it?

Realistic – what kind of things could get in the way of you achieving your goal?  How will you overcome these obstacles?

Timed – what is the timeframe for achieving all that you want to do?

Once you have considered all these factors, now is the time to WRITE your goals down and SHARE them with others who will support you on your journey.

Here is a great example:

When I reached 40 years old, I decided that I wanted to get in shape and do something for myself for once.   In the heat of the moment, I signed up to do a 5K running event later that year.  I hadn’t given my plan much thought, but with the help from a friend who is a regular runner, we agreed on the following:

Long-Term Goal:   I will complete a 5K running event on 21st October 2015 in under 30 minutes

Medium-Term Goal:  By 31st July 2015, I will be able to run 2.5K without stopping on the treadmill, in less than 15 minutes

Short-Term Goal:  Between now and 31st July 2015, I will complete two 15 minute workouts on the treadmill every week (Tuesday and Thurday evenings at 6 p.m.).  I will start by doing one minute of walking and one minute of jogging and build up slowly and gradually.   If I am sick , I will return to my plan as soon as I feel well.   When on vacation, I will take my running shoes and go outdoors to complete my workouts


There are lots of motivating ways to fight the boredom when working out on a treadmill from watching your favorite program to listening to music to setting goals and doing interval training.   Whatever method you use, the aim is to encourage to exercise more often and for longer durations.   Any exercise program will be more successful if you are enjoying keeping fit!

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