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The Corporate Wellness Bible by Kate Cook

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42. Fartlek

Stop sniggering at the back. This is how to make the treadmill seem less of a, well, treadmill.

If you’re already a gym regular you won’t need to be told that aside from injury the biggest threat to success is boredom. Walkmans and TV screens may help distract you but they’re there because cardiovascular work like cycling on an exercise bike or plugging away on the rowing machine can soon become mind-numbingly dull. Worst of all has to be running on the treadmill – a term which is in itself a byword for tedious and grinding routine. That’s partly because it’s so easy to fall into the common trap of thinking that treadmill running is about one of two things; either running faster, or running for longer. Running faster certainly ...

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