Winter running may be its own adventure, but the treadmill is a convenient option for those of us who don't want to brave the season's storms. So now is the best time to make sure you've got a good treadmill routine going — and that you stick with it throughout the indulgent month. Here are three reasons you should change up your treadmill routine.
- You won't waste time: Your time is valuable, especially during this end-of-the-year rush, so don't spend an hour on the treadmill when 30 minutes will do. Instead of doing your normal one-paced, no-incline routine, add high-intensity intervals and different inclines to your runs; you'll burn more calories in less time so you can get on with your day.
- You'll become a better runner: Mixing up your routine can spur your improvement as a runner and get you over that fitness plateau. Whether it's incorporating longer runs or faster intervals, straying from your normal, overplayed routine can boost your performance level and keep you encouraged to stick with your workout.
- You won't be bored: The worst way to keep a routine is to make it the same all the time. Unfavorable outdoor conditions can mean you and your gym are new best friends, so don't turn your workout into a chore you're dreading. Do your research and keep a stack of fun treadmill workouts handy (or make your own!). Don't worry, we've got you covered; from beginner workouts to rolling hills, here are some of our favorite treadmill workouts.