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6 Ways to Get Motivated for Indoor Cardio

6 Ways to Get Motivated for Indoor Cardio

The weather is getting colder and is a little less ideal to get your warm tootsies out of bed for some outdoor cardio…so indoor cardio it is! But, if you’re like me, 5 minutes seems like 5 hours when running on the treadmill. It’s so boring. No change of scenery and I am just not going anywhere.

people on treadmills


Even though lifting weights and bodyweight training is a huge part of my fitness routine, I also need to get some cardio in the mix as well. So, to make sure I don’t die of boredom, here are some tips to make your (and my) next indoor cardio sesh less boring.

friends going to the gym


Bring a friend

This doesn’t mean you talk to your friend the entire time. You want to be working hard. But sometimes when you know your friend is meeting you for some cardio, you’re much less likely to make an excuse as to why you can’t go. I do this on Fridays with my co-worker. We both are mentally exhausted from the week and feeling a bit lazy, but we’re always so glad afterwards that we did it.

Switch machines

Do 10 minutes of running on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the bike and 10 minutes on the elliptical machine. This makes the time fly by.

woman on a treadmill

Do a treadmill interval run

My favorite 30 minute session is:

  • Warmup: walk 5 minutes
  • Workout: jog 2 minutes, sprint 1 minute, walk slow on an incline for 2 minutes (repeat 4x)
  • Cool-down: walk 5 minutes

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Bring your BEST playlist

Seriously, you want songs that make you feel like you’re a fighter getting ready for a championship fight. These songs should make you feel awesome, strong, and pumped up.

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HIIT it, don’t quit it

This makes me super sweaty and I love it. Try this HIIT routine on an elliptical machine:

  • Warmup: 5 minutes moderate
  • Workout: 30 seconds super intense, 2 minutes moderate (repeat 8x)
  • Cool-down: 5 minutes moderate
woman with trainer using machine


Do 5 or 10 minutes on a cardio machine and then get off for a quick 5 minute strength training circuit. Then get back on the cardio machine and repeat. This style of workout is perfect when you don’t have a lot of time but want to get in a killer workout.
Most importantly, you have to figure out what you like and which style of training works for you. These winter months are coming whether we will it or not. What we can’t do is get lazy and wait for our motivation to come back with the sun. Stay focused, stay positive, and stay active.

About Lunden Souza

Lunden Souza (CPT/FNS) is the Runtastic Fitness Coach and host of the Runtastic Fitness Channel on YouTube. She loves to dance, cook, blog, and help others find their way to a fit, healthy, and balanced lifestyle. Find her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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