While there's nothing quite like running outdoors, unruly weather sometimes makes it impossible. For those hot, humid, can't-bear-to-move Summer days, there's the trusty treadmill. Whether you're a beginner runner or have a few half-marathons under your belt, we've got a treadmill workout for you. From a run that mimics going 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, then 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, then 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. The 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 30-minute pyramid interval treadmill workout. By changing your running speed every minute, you'll also be winning the war against weight gain. Have more time to spare? Up the ante with our 45-minute pyramid interval treadmill workout.
- Get in, get out: If you're short on time but still want to get in a solid run, then give this 20-minute treadmill workout a chance. Not only will you play with speed, but also, the incline gradually gets harder, which means you'll feel like you got in a challenging workout in under 30 minutes!
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, then 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.
- Blast fat: Intervals are one of the best ways to fight stubborn belly fat. Say goodbye to your muffin top with this 45-minute treadmill interval workout. You'll run your heart out and walk out with 421 less calories than you came in with!
- Do double duty: Sometimes you need to mix things up, and we all know how important strength training is to a fitness regimen. This 45-minute plan starts on the treadmill and then finishes off with 15 minutes of strength training. If you're just feeling bored on the machines, then try this two-cardio-machine workout that utilizes both the elliptical and treadmill.