An Interval Workout for the Treadmill

Via Locke Hughes over at Greatist comes to this really smart workout idea for the treadmill.

If you’re like me, the idea of running on the treadmill for 30-45 minutes straight isn’t the most pleasant experience. I have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill.

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On one hand, I know that getting in my cardio routine is an absolute must, and there’s really nothing easier than hopping on the treadmill for a (relatively) quick run and be done with it.

When I’m in need of a quick cardio burn, it’s either the treadmill or my bike.

On the other hand, there’s just something so soul-crushingly boring about running to the same pace for 45 minutes straight, indoors, on a treadmill (as opposed to at least doing an outdoor run, which is so much better).

So we’re always looking for new and smart ways to mix up our routines, to confuse our muscles, to get us out of our comfort zones.

And that’s where the interval treadmill workout comes into play. As you can see from the image above, the idea is to constantly change both the speed and incline of the treadmill — every 30 to 60 seconds — to bring variety to your treadmill run. Not only that:

“Interval running does three things incredibly well,” [David] Siik, [founder of the workout] says. “It burns an immense amount of calories by toasting stored carbohydrates, it’s a total-body toning form of cardio, and it’s hugely time efficient, allowing you to spend less time at the gym to achieve great results.”

As Hughes notes in his post, this workout is actually more effective and burning calories and putting on lean muscle, as compared to your standard treadmill run.

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