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Treadmills with TVs are a staple at most fitness centers.
Many people have praised treadmills because of their workout versatility. For example, exercisers can use them when outside conditions prevent a productive workout. Many treadmills have inclines that can be set to simulate hill running. Some models even have televisions attached to them, which could be a useful amenity to new runners and race veterans alike.
As more and more treadmills include a TV set as part of their design, workout instructors are creating exercise videos that guide people through their routine. A treadmill TV workout can direct interval training and provide motivation to runners who need an extra push on the gym floor, for example. There are also programs that can help beginner or seasoned runners train for races.
Distraction is probably the most popular reason people watch TV while running on a treadmill. There are some people who would rather run outside, but they find themselves driven inside by weather or other adverse running situations. Rather than suffer through a workout they find boring, access to a TV can help make a long workout feel much shorter. Researchers in an article from "The New York Times" support the practice for both beginning and experienced runners, and they recommend comedies over dramas or mysteries so runners won't lose their focus and reduce their pace as a result.
Interval Training During Commercials
Many people who watch TV while working out use the rhythm of regularly scheduled programming and ad breaks to do high-intensity interval training. During the program, they can run or walk at a comfortable speed. During the commercials, they can work at their highest speed and then return to their normal pace when the programming returns. The main benefit of interval training like this is that the timing of advertisements can be unpredictable. Such interval training may be more interesting than that provided by treadmill settings.
When the latest episode of your favorite TV show airs, you might be tempted to skip a workout. However, if your TV screen is in view of your treadmill, whether you are at home or at the gym, there's no reason not to enjoy your workout while you enjoy your program. Even if you're using the treadmill at a moderate pace, you're still burning calories you might otherwise have not consumed by sitting like a couch potato.