It can be hard to keep up the motivation while on a treadmill when the outdoors isn’t the option for the day. Here are some tips to stay pumped when it’s just you and your sneakers by Kate Hays, Ph.D., a sport psychologist at the Performance Edge in Toronto.
Because running is repetitive, you can tap into transient hypofrontality, when the mind slows but heightens creativity. Take advantage: Think of a nagging problem that needs solving and see what solutions float to your relaxed mind mid-run.
Mix up your intervals
Amp up the motivational power of your running playlist: Choose a word you know will pop up in some of the songs and pick up the pace for 30 seconds every time you hear it.
Narrow your targets
You may be in the middle of a training plan or trying to lose a few pounds, but before you start each run, state your goal for that particular workout (faster intervals, longer distance, better recovery, etc). It’s easier to accomplish small targets, and accumulating these successes over time can make reaching your big goal more rewarding.