While there's nothing quite like running outdoors, unruly weather sometimes make it impossible. For those rainy days, there's the trusty treadmill. Whether you are a beginner runner or advanced, we've got a workout for you. From a treadmill workout that mimics running up and down San Francisco hills to another that has you ascending a mountain, you'll swear you're actually running outside.
- Getting started: If you're new to running, try our 40-minute beginner treadmill workout. The workout combines walking and running to get your heart rate up while also priming your body for distance and speed. If you feel like the workout is too easy or hard, play around with the speed, but be sure to give your body time to adjust to the physical demands of running for the first time.
- Walk-Jog workout: Once you're feeling a bit more comfortable on the treadmill, give this workout that mixes walking and jogging a chance. This 60-minute workout alternates between walking briskly, jogging, and running slowly; plan to burn around 300 calories.
- Pyramid intervals: Keep boredom at bay with this pyramid interval treadmill workout. By changing your running speed every minute, you'll also be winning the war against weight gain.
See the more advanced, calorie-busting treadmill workouts after the break!
- The 500-calorie workout: If you can find about 40 minutes in your day to do this high-interval treadmill workout, you'll burn about 500 calories. Do it four times a week and you're already down half a pound.
- Rolling hills: This treadmill hill workout will show you what it's really like to run in San Francisco. After doing the incline variations in this workout, running flats will seem like a breeze.
- Go for a hike: Even if you can't make it to Yosemite, this treadmill hike workout will mimic what it's like to be in the great outdoors. The 45-minute workout involves walking and jogging up steep inclines so you'll strengthen your quads and work your butt.
- Graduate to a mountain: Once you've hiked up some hills, why not try for a mountain ascent? This treadmill mountain climb mixes a brisk walking speed with steep inclines.
- Add leg work: The treadmill doesn't have to be just about running. This treadmill leg workout allows you to go at a comfortable pace while mixing in lunges, squats, and pliés.