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Exciting Ways to Make Your Treadmill Workouts Less Boring

Running on a treadmill can seem monotonous and at times boring, but this should not be the case. Sometimes the weather outside is unfavorable or you’d rather run on a treadmill while the small one takes a nap. Overtime, you end up sticking to the same workout and your body tends to get lazy.

If you are one of those people who have a treadmill as their backup plan, do not worry. With the right mindset and planning, you can have fun at the treadmill.

Here are some unique ways to give your brain a break from the monotony and make your treadmill workouts more fun.

Increase the incline

You don’t have to run for a whole hour every day. One of the ways to change this is to walk slowly. Once your body warms up, you can then run or jog on the same slope. You can do three to five of these intervals and move to speed intervals. Alternatively, you can change your movements. This not only changes your routine, it also makes the workout more challenging.

Listen to your favorite music

Running while you listen to music boosts performance and helps to get rid of boredom. Studies also reveal that music reduces the levels of perceived effort, making it easier for you to run longer. Start with slow tempo songs and afterwards increase to songs with a faster beat to keep you motivated.

Visualize yourself being outside

Running outside creates a lot of memories, why not bring those memories to your treadmill workouts? When on the treadmill, think of your favorite route, running by landmarks or getting past that hill. Visualizing your good running memorizes makes your treadmill experience natural and exciting. If visualizing doesn’t come easy for you, look for videos and images that feature running routes and think of this.

Include bodyweight exercises

Treadmill workouts when combined with body weight exercises not only help to burn fat, but get rid of boredom while at the same time improving performance. After a jog, you can choose to sprint for 30 seconds, do 8-12 reps of squat jumps, do some lunges and cool down with a slow jog.

Incorporate high intensity interval training

If you’re tired of running at a steady speed for a long period of time, incorporate high intensity interval training to your treadmill workouts. You can go as fast as you can for a given time frame and return to your previous pace for a given amount of time. While it’s up to you to choose what ratio to use, it’s imperative to remember that you need to put in the effort to get the most out of this form of training.

Let go of the bar

When first introduced to the treadmill, you’re told not to hold the bar.  When running or jogging, you won’t be able to grip, the only time you get a hold is when on a steep incline or while walking. Holding the grip reduces the intensity and makes your workout boring and less effective.

Take a workout class that includes treadmill running

Staying in the house for a long time can leave you bored and stressed out. Go for a workout class that includes treadmill running to get rid of the monotony.

Run with someone

If you live with a friend or spouse, you can get them to run with you to make the experience more exciting. You get to have similar conversations inside that you would have outside. There’s no need to slog through the workouts alone when you can get a buddy to encourage you to keep at it.

Hydrate

When running inside, you’re likely to sweat a lot due to the indoor temperatures and reduced airflow while running on the treadmill.  If you’re dehydrated, you’ll feel fatigued and less motivated to continue running. The trick is to consume lots of fluids like you would on an outdoor run. Most treadmills must have the capacity to hold a bottle where you can easily drink up.

Take your eyes away from the screen

If you’re used to constantly focusing on the screen, the numbers can drive you insane after some time. Distract yourself by watching TV or listening to an amazing playlist.

Minimize the time you spend on a treadmill

You should spend at least 30 minutes doing cardio five days a week. To minimize boredom, spend 15 minutes on the treadmill and the other 15 on a stationery bike.

The secret with treadmill workouts is to vary your routine. Get your favorite playlist and drink up while working out.  Remember not to quit. Quitting won’t get you any results. Stay motivated and inspired while you work out.

 

ASUS VX238H Gaming Monitor Review

When talking about the most elite gaming monitors on the market, the ASUS VX238H may not be on the top of the list. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad monitor. As will soon be found out, the VX238H is a competent model with loads of great features.

Great Image Quality and Response Time

As with all monitors, one of the more important qualities (no pun intended) is the image quality. With a 23-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) LED screen, the VX238H certainly has the goods. That’s just the core of the screen and that doesn’t always guarantee superb quality. No, what makes the picture so eloquent on this ASUS monitor is the contrast ratio and super-fast response time. With ASUS Smart technology, an implemented 80,000,000:1 contrast ratio produces the brightest whites and the darkest blacks.

However, the most important feature (in a gamer’s perspective) of the VX238H is its response time of 1ms. What this provides is the smoothest playback in games, while minimizing as much input lag as possible. With its implemented Trace Free II technology, motion blur, screen juddering, and screen delay is also not an issue. To top it all off, this monitor is built with flicker-free technology that significantly reduces eye fatigue over long uses.

Video Intelligence Technology

Adding on to the superior quality of this model is its video intelligence technology. For those who don’t want to adjust the screen’s settings for hours on end, there are six pre-set video modes that accommodate many different viewing experiences. Present are modes for gaming, theater, standard, night view, scenery and sRGB that can all be selected with a hotkey.

Dual HDMI Ports

There is no point to a gaming monitor that doesn’t include HDMI ports. After all, all modern consoles must be connected via HDMI. Unless the intent is to exclusively compete in PC gaming, then an HDMI port is needed. However, why not include more than one? To ensure multiple consoles can be plugged into the monitor simultaneously, this ASUS model includes dual-HDMI ports.

Honestly, this may not be the best gaming monitor in the world. However, there aren’t too many negatives to it either. It has a crisp picture, incredibly fast response time, terrific contrast ratio and multiple HDMI ports.

For another option (if this model isn’t ideal), it’s highly recommended to check out the Acer R240HY.