5 Ways to Beat the Boredom of Indoor Cardio

It's a fact: Indoor cardio sessions can be painfully boring. That's why Get-Fit Guy has created 5 boredom-busting workouts you can do at home on your treadmill, elliptical trainer, or bicycle to make your exercise time fly by.

Ben Greenfield
5-minute read
Episode #161

The sweat drips off your forehead. You uncomfortably shift in your bike seat. You try to avoid glancing at the dashboard to see how much time has gone by.

Then finally, youcan't help yourself and glance at your watch.

14 minutes.

You’ve been on that darn indoor cardio trainer for just 14 minutes, and already you have an intense desire to move onto something far less boring – such as knitting, watching the paint dry, or reading Moby Dick for the ninth time..

It’s sad, but true: indoor cardio workouts can be painfully boring. So in this episode, you’ll learn how to beat the boredom when you’re exercising indoors on a treadmill, elliptical trainer, or bicycle, and get 5 fun indoor cardio workouts that make your workout fly by!

Anyways, you’re probably getting bored with the prliminaries, so let’s get started, shall we?

Indoor Cardio Workout #1: Elliptical Soup

I like this workout because it’s a full body workout in disguise. It gives you a great cardiovascular boost while still integrating some strength training!

Do an easy 2-minute warm up on the elliptical trainer, then do the following:

  • Fast pedal – Medium Intensity (2 min)
  • Backwards pedal – Medium Intensity (2 min)
  • Get off elliptical and jump rope or do step-ups (1 min)
  • Get back on elliptical and fast pedal – Hard Intensity (2 min)
  • Backwards pedal – Hard Intensity (2 min)
  • Get off elliptical and do squat jumps – 20 times. Here’s a video that shows you how to do squat jumps.
  • Straddle run for 1 min. A straddle run is done on a step aerobics step or another raised surface that's 4-6 inches off the floor. Start standing on the step. Step off and to the side with your right foot, then your left foot, and step back on with your right then left foot. Do that as quickly as you can for one minute.
  • Get back on the elliptical and fast pedal – Hard Intensity (1 min)
  • Backwards pedal – Medium Intensity (1 min)
  • Side shuffle - 2 min. Here's a video that shows you how to do a side shuffle.

At this point, you can either repeat everything (excluding the warm up) for a total of 2-3 times through – or just call it good and cool down!


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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.