Some days we just don’t have the time to commit to a full exercise routine and other days we are hit with unexpected roadblocks that take up much more time than we anticipate. On days like this we often just give up on our workouts because there just doesn’t seem to be enough time, but that’s not the case. Even a short run can keep us on track to that better body we’re working to achieve. For days like this, I’ve prepared this quick 20 min treadmill workout.
20 Minute Treadmill Interval Workout
The warmup on this workout is pretty tame, no use burning yourself out early, even when you’re short on time. You’re going to want to begin by running at just under 4 mph for the first 3 minutes at an incline setting of 1. This will get your heart rate up and provide a slight amount of resistance.
Once you hit the 3 minute mark, increase the speed to about 4.5 mph and then just under 5 mph at 5 minutes. The slope should be increased to 2.5 and 3.0, respectively.
Now you should be reaching the peak of this 20 minute treadmill workout. at 7 minutes you want to be at 5 mph and incline of 4.5, then by 9 minutes you should be at the peak speed of 6 mph and incline of 6.
From here, all you have to do is mirror all the steps leading up to this point in reverse at 11, 13, 15, and 17 minutes.
It’s as simple as that, just a quick rising and falling curve. As far as 20 minute treadmill workouts go this one is pretty easy and a great way to squeeze some running in on a busy day.
For other quick workout routines check out this article, “Building Muscle 101″.