With cooler fall weather finally here, I’ve started taking most of my runs indoors on the treadmill. To banish boredom, I load up my iPad with my favorite guilty pleasure TV shows, and I always mix up my treadmill workouts. In fact, one of the great things about the treadmill is how many different types of running and walking workouts you can do, while monitoring your speed, incline and time.
I’ve included 4 of my favorite treadmill workout varieties…Hill Climb, Interval, Tempo and Fartlek. While you’re probably familiar with hill climbs and interval workouts, tempo runs and fartlek might be new. Tempo runs are tough, but they are short, and they help you become faster while increasing your VO2 Max. Tempos are essential for 5k and 10k training and involve running just a bit slower than your goal race pace. So if I wanted to run a 8 min mile for a 5k, I would do a tempo run at 8:30 pace. Fartlek is a Swedish word for speedplay, and simply means mixing up for work and rest intervals…it’s a great fat burner and boredom buster!
After one of these tough workouts try flavored coconut water as a great energy booster. It’s a healthy and delicious way to hydrate!
You can walk or run for all of these workouts and get the printable version here. FitFabCities.com 4 for fall treadmill workout