A Week of Thanks in Workouts

Hi Friends!

Happy Monday! It’s going to be a short work week so this makes it an even more marvelous (thanks Katie for hosting another #MIMM!) in my opinion. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I would dedicate this a Week of Thanks in Workouts. Of course, I’m thankful for my family, friends, a job, a home etc. but this week I want to show particular gratitude to my health. Even though I’m sidelined from doing exactly what I want right now, I am still healthy. I am thankful that my body is able to move. I am thankful that I am able to strengthen my body to overcome (and hopefully prevent further) injury. I am thankful that I have alternatives to running for exercise right now.

What better way to show your body thanks than with a workout?

So, let’s talk about the treadmill. It’s a hot topic among exercise enthusiasts.

Love it? Hate it?

I can’t believe I’m writing this but…I am thankful for my treadmill. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. It’s not my favorite thing in the world, that pesky dreadmill, but it’s a great piece of equipment to have when it’s zero dark thirty, 20 degrees and crazy windy outside. It really is convenient to not have to bundle up under 3000 layers and light myself up like a Christmas tree. I can just throw on a sports bra and my ugliest shorts and head down to my basement. Now that’s a real No Judgement Zone!

It has also been super spectacular to have since I’m still restricted on jumping and bouncing. I’ve been using the treadmill for killer hill climbing walks. Nothing fires up the ol’ Glutes, quads and sweat like a progressive hill climb. I did this workout the other morning and loved it.

Treadmill Hill Climb - happyfitmama.com

Changing the speed and incline every couple of minutes keeps me from poking my eyes out. It also mimics real life hill climbing – as the hill gets steeper, your speed slows down. Make sure that you are not holding on to the handles either. That’s cheating yourself out of a challenge! If you are having trouble keeping up, slow down the speed. You’ll still get a fantastic workout.

If you are looking for more treadmill workouts, check out these:

crossfit @ home workout 1 - happyfitmama.comAfter Burn Treadmill Workout - happyfitmama.comFrosty Dash - winter speed work - happyfitmama.comRise & Sweat Treadmill Workout - happyfitmama.com

It’s a busy week of travel and family gatherings for a lot of us. Stay tuned for more workouts that can be done anywhere with little to no equipment as I continue the Week of Thanks in Workouts!

Treadmill – love it, tolerate it or refuse to use it no matter what?

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38 comments on “A Week of Thanks in Workouts

  1. Angela, those are some great workouts you posted. Thanks for sharing. I am on the injured list now too but hoping just for a few days. Dislocated my shoulder and had it put back but still doesn’t feel right. I am slightly amazed at how much we use our shoulders for! Spin seems best right now! And I like the treadmill. I would LOVE one in the house. Would make getting workouts in a lot easier with the kids.
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  2. This is great! I’m always looking for new ways to not “poke my eyes out” while on the dread. I feel the same as you do about the old ‘mill. I’m thankful it’s there when there’s really no way of running outside…but I still hate it. I also love how you said your basement is the “true no judgement zone!” Amen.
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  3. Ugh, I just hate it! As a child, I loved it and could run on it with no problem. Now I see it as a torture device! But since I’ve just moved to a place that actually experiences weather, I may need to learn to tolerate it! Your hill climb walk may be just the thing to get me to try it out
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  4. Ooooff you are crazy for loving the treadmill, I HATE using it for my training! Although it has saved me a few times when it was dangerous outside, or coming abck from injury. That is good you change your pace around on it, as I think that is an important point, as well as keeping the incline on a minimum of 1.0 to mimic outside.

    Enjoy your Monday :) I get to run in 2 days….I hope :)
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  5. I don’t have one at home, but wish I did for those days when you don’t feel like layering up and lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree LOL. Luckily my work offers a free gym and they do have a few treads there. For me it’s only out of desperation though. But once upon a time, I never ran outside. Crazy right?
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    1. I started watching Dancing with the Stars about a month ago one day a week on the treadmill. I don’t think I’d watch it if I wasn’t on the TM. Keeps me occupied and entertained!

  6. I really like the Treadmill Hill Climb workout idea! The speeds seem slow!!! Which is great for me! I usually make up my own cause the speeds on most posted workouts are way to fast for me! I am actually excited to go to the gym and try this out tonight! And I am so not a treadmill lover! Can’t wait for the challenge!

  7. Thanks for the workouts! I have gone back and forth between loving and hating the treadmill. I used one to train for a marathon many years ago and by the end wanted to take a hammer to it;) Now I have a better relationship with it. I really appreciate being able to run on it when it is cold or wet outside. Which is 75% of the time here in WA:/

  8. You might like to try the new CardioSurprise! app for iPhone or Android. It shuffles in strength & conditioning activities to your cardio workout at random or pre-selected intervals. It works great when running on the treadmill, I think it really breaks up the monotony and adds to both your performance and your enjoyment!

  9. There are definitely advantages to having a treadmill. I don’t have one anymore, but I’ve spent miles and miles on one up until we moved and I sold mine. Changing the speed/incline is a great way to keep from getting bored.
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  10. I’m learning to like the treadmill. I recognize the value in learning to run at a consistent pace and as you mentioned, it’s chilly! I really like the idea of making the work out a circuit!
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  11. If anyone on this thread would be interested in trying my new app and posting a review to your blog and/or Facebook or Twitter, I’d be happy to send you a promo code for one free download for the iPhone. Please free free to reach out to me through Twitter @nancymanci or @cardiosurprise. It is the perfect app to break up a treadmill workout so this conversation could not be more fitting! Thanks, Nancy

  12. Thanks for sharing these great workouts Angela. Its workouts like these that make the treadmill tolerable. I really don’t mind it (sometimes) because I know that the treadmill can be a great tool for training. But obviously as winter starts to fade, I get itchy to get outside. But I have feeling i will be inside more often then not over the next few months. My biggest things, are changing up pace frequently, and find some way to make it fun or into a game- keeps the mind an legs fresh!
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  13. I can safely say I tolerate the treadmill. I certainly don’t love it, but am grateful that there’s one in the basement. My have treadmill workout is actually a hill workout: warm up 10min, every 2 min increase incline 2% until you get to 12% and then every two min decrease by 2% until back to zero. Try to keep speed the same. Tough!
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