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ways to make treadmill running fun

Use a running app

There are tons of fun, inexpensive workout apps that you can download to make your workout more fun!

Zombies, Run! is an app that turns your morning run into a story about surviving a zombie attack. In the game, zombies have attacked the town of Able Township, and in order to protect the town you must collect supplies while out running. “Zombies, Run!” can be used both inside and outside, it costs $3.99 and it’s compatible with Apple and Android devices.
Nike Plus acts as a GPS and records aspects of your run, like pace, distance and calories burned. The app, which is free in the iTunes Store, uploads all of the information to the Nike Plus website, allowing you to track your progress. The app can be used both inside and outside, but set it to indoor mode for treadmill workouts to make sure it records your stats. The best part? It links to your social media accounts so people can send you cheers along your run!
For music fans, Upbeat Workouts finds your prefect music by calculating your strides per minute and finding a song that has a matching tempo. Whether walking or running, “Upbeat Workouts” uses music from your own library to sync your workout with songs. It costs $2.99 in the iTunes Store, and is compatible with most Apple products.

Go to the gym with a friend

A little friendly competition can be the best motivation, so the next time you head to the gym, grab a girlfriend. Busy schedules can often make finding time to hang out with your friends challenging, and working out together is a great way to get fit and spend some quality time together. Challenge each other by racing, or do a fun interval workout together. Having your BFF by your side will make your workout more fun and help inspire you to give it your all. The best part? You’ll have someone to grab a post-gym treat with!

Do an interval workout

Running at a steady pace for long periods of time can make the time crawl by. Change up your workout by doing intervals! High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts offer a quick, effective way to burn a ton of calories. You can simply switch up your speed and incline, such as jogging at a comfortable pace for two minutes and then sprinting for 30 seconds, or even alternate between running on the treadmill and doing quick bursts of weight lifting. Interval workouts can be found online, or you can download an app like “Interval Run,” which costs $1.99 from the iTunes Store, to help guide you through the workout.