BEAT-THE-BOREDOM TREADMILL WORKOUT

BEAT-THE-BOREDOM TREADMILL WORKOUT

Hey everyone! Back from a calm weekend of cleaning, teaching Pure Barre, girls’ night, and a fun Sunday night mini-date with my husband at a pizza/pasta café nearby. 🙂

This past weekend was dreadfully hot. The heat index was well over 100°! The sun room in which our treadmill lives gets warm during these hot days, so I knew I couldn’t handle an actual full-length run, but I wanted to fit in a cardio workout on Saturday.

My solution? A mixed-bag walk/run workout!

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I grabbed my ankle weights and light hand weights and got creative so I wouldn’t get bored. The workout started with quick walking (about 3.5-3.8 mph) on an 8.0 incline with my ankle weights. I think my ankle weights are about 2.5 pounds each, but don’t quote me on that. I walked like this, playing around with speed and incline, for 20 minutes. I really felt my glutes kicking in!

Then I started getting bored. So off went the ankle weights and I grabbed the hand weights. I kept the treadmill on an incline and kept the speed, starting out with holding the weights while normally swinging my arms. Once that got boring, I used the weights for some slow shoulder presses and bicep curls until my arms started burning–the key is to not allow any breaks! Moving the arms around like this while walking on an incline really engaged my core. At about 10 minutes of doing this, yup, I got bored.

So I tossed the weights, lowered the incline, and did a 3-minute interval of running. I don’t like running on the treadmill when it’s this hot, because I usually get a little headache afterward, but I was feeling decent so I wanted to throw in some faster paces. After 3 minutes, I walked at about 3.5 mph for 2 minutes. I repeated these intervals to finish my workout at a perfect 40 minutes.

I finished up with some stretching and that was it! In and out, getting sweaty, all under 45 minutes.

What weekend workouts did you do?!