Treadmill Tips for Beginners

Yesterday it rained and hailed and even snowed a tiny bit here in UT. It was the perfect day to stay inside and get some cleaning done that I had pushed aside while the sun was out. So, J and I got to work cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, and picking up the toy room. Exciting I know. . but don’t these lines(okay they aren’t perfect) just make you happy? No, just me? ha

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Since Mother’s day is coming up this weekend, I did decide to venture out. Target was calling my name! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find what I was looking for but ended up with this beautiful rug for my front entry. I can’t say where I went next or it would give away my MIL’s gift, but I’ll share it next week.

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We had a delicious dinner of true comfort food: mashed potatoes, green beans, and beef stroganof. And we couldn’t leave out watermelon, it’s a staple for the next 4 months.  J does a good job cleaning up the bowl(yes we use mixing bows as serving bowls).

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It was a great Wednesday and I ‘m counting down till the weekend because Josh and I have a fun getaway planned!

Treadmill Tips for Beginners

I’m no expert, but if you’ve been reading long, you know I love my treadmill! I was asked if I had any tips for beginners, and here’s what I came up with.

  • Set your treadmill at a .5% incline to simulate running outside.
  • Bring a towel to cover the screen so you can focus on feel instead of numbers.
  • If you want to know numbers, focus on time, not distance. For the first couple of workouts, tell yourself to run 15 min and then up it by 5 min every time. If you focus on miles you will feel like you have been running for centuries!
  • Listen to your favorite playlist, watch a movie or show, or read a magazine.  It always helps when I have a new playlist to be excited about or a new show to focus on while on the treadmill. I just zone out and run.
  • Try doing a circuit. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I broke my run up to keep me interested. Some days the thought of running x amount of miles isn’t appealing. So, I break it up. I’ll run 1 mile then do 10 pushups, run another mile then do 20 squats, etc.
  • Interval workouts always keep me entertained. You can run 1 minute at a sprint, 30 second walk, or jog a mile, walk half a mile. A workout like that will help you focus on the task at hand instead of the time or distance.
  • Here are a couple more links of workouts I do to keep me coming back to the treadmill here, here, and here.

I’m putting together a question and answer post, so if you have any question about anything leave a comment, email, or message me on FB=)

any tips to add?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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8 Responses to Treadmill Tips for Beginners

  1. Great tips! I love listening to podcasts while I run.
    Along the lines of doing an interval workout, I think it helps to switch up the incline too. It’s a good way to break up the run, and it’s amazing how much easier running feels when you go from an incline of 4% back to 1% 🙂

  2. absgoldberg says:

    haha, yes cleaning makes me happy too! For the treadmill tips I’d say, if possible, have your treadmill facing the outside. It makes it a lot easier to get through a workout if you have something nice to look at.

  3. Cleaning makes me super happy so I love the lines 🙂 I need to have a Kindle, for some it is hard to read but on the Kindle it makes it much easier!

  4. I love lines on the carpet after vacuuming too. 🙂 I still need to decide what to give my mom and MIL for Sunday. I know, I’m really waiting for the last minute! Great tips for the treadmill!

  5. The vacuum lines make me so happy too! Haha. All these are great treadmill tips! Though I’m looking forward to taking a break from my treadmill in 1.5 weeks when school is out and I can wait til the sun is up to run.

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