Top 10 Shows to Watch While Running on the Treadmill
If any of you are like me, you are a wimp. Yep you heard that right, I am a coward. I am willing to get tattoos, give birth, and do the insanity workout, but ask me to run outside when it drops below 40 degrees and you will get a hard pass.
So what’s a person to do when you can’t run outside (the way we were meant to) and the winter is dragging on and the treadmill time goes too slow? Position your treadmill in front of the TV and catch up on your favorite “stories”.
Truth be told, I have kind of learned to love running on the treadmill. I tell myself that I cannot watch the show unless I get my butt on the treadmill and some times it is the only motivation I have to run when the days are short and cold and you just want to sleep the winter away.
Shows I watch While Running on a Treadmill
I consider myself quite a TV connoisseur. I watch a lot of different genres and while I am not always privy to the latest and greatest, stick with me here because I got some good ones! They will keep your blood pumping and mind distracted while you run on the hamster wheel.
10. Modern Family/Sex and the City/Friends
These three are a tie for me because they are all easy, 30 minutes, funny, and you don’t have to see the one before to appreciate it. The are good mindless distractions and while I usually like to run to something more intense and heart pounding, these can get you through just as well some times without stressing you out.
9. Grey’s Anatomy
This one I realize may seem old to some and while I am one of the few that still turns in week to week, it is still good (maybe not as good but still do-able). The other reason that this on the list is because there is years and years of backlogs on Netflix. This means you have hours and hours of entertainment at your fingertips, and usually there is enough going on to keep you engaged and your feet mindlessly moving.
8. Sons of Anarchy
I have to be honest here – I have not actually watched this but it is in my Netflix queue. I have heard so many great things about it and it sounds perfect to run too. I mean a show about an outlaw motorcycle club operating in a small, charming town can only mean one thing… drama!
This one tugs at my “Glee” heartstrings. I hate to admit it, but I was a Glee nut when it first came out, even went to a concert or two (don’t tell anyone). While that show has fallen off the deep end, Nashville took its place in a much better way. There is singing, but also Connie Britton. If you are like me you love you some “Tammy Taylor” and would watch her do just about anything. Believe me, she does not disappoint.
6. Pretty Little Liars
I realize I sound like a preteen by first admitting to Glee and now Pretty Little Liars, but I secretly love this high school drama. It centers around four girls who are being tormented by this elusive “A” character. It has a lot of surprises and twists which leave you on the edge while running on the treadmill. Years of good seasons before the current one, so again you can waste plenty of time catching up with the girls of Rosewood.
5. Chicago Fire
This is a new show and it is exactly what the name says, it is about fires in Chicago and the firefighters who put them out. Sounds boring enough but they mix enough drama and suspense in to keep you wanting more. Something about all the action in this show keeps my blood flowing while I am running, it motivates me.
4. The Americans
This show on FX was one that took a little for me to warm up to. It is about a husband and wife Russian spy team living in American during the cold war. It stars Keri Russell (whom I adored on Felicity) and Mathew Rhys (the gay brother from Brothers and Sisters), both of whom I love so I gave it a shot. Three seasons later I wait every week to see the next episode. It is a great show, again has some good action but the suspense and tension is off the charts. It is a thinker for sure which helps distract you from the monotony of the treadmill.
Another show that I assumed was not up my ally but somehow I feel madly in love with. It is on ShowTime so if you don’t have it you will have to iTunes it but it is worth every penny. The just wrapped season four but you must start from the beginning. It is a political thriller based around a CIA officer with bi-polar disorder operating the counterterrorism unit. This one is full of action and thought provoking moments, it is intense and suspenseful.
Who doesn’t want to be Olivia Pope? She is the “fixer” in Washington DC, cleaning up peoples messes left and right and doing it in the best clothes possible. This show hooked me immediately. Kerry Washington’s fast talking, smooth operating, no BS approach to her job is incredible. This show is never boring and always thrilling. Who knew that political thrillers were so great to run to?
1. How to Get Away with Murder
My number 1 show to watch while logging the miles indoors is none other than Annalise Keating’s crew of HTGAWM. Finally switching gears from political thrillers we step into the world of legal thrillers. I was holding off on this show because I was already so in love with Shonda Rhimes other shows and did not need another obsession but I didn’t hold out long. Once I caved I was hooked. This show is a big time thinker and just when you think you have it figured out, you are wrong.
There are constant twists and turns and you feel as though we will never get to the bottom of it. If you really want to forget that you are running on a treadmill, then this is the show for you. Best of all they are only eight episodes in so you can binge watch on a long run.
Running on a Treadmill
So… there you have it… you now know how I get through the winters in Minnesota. I couldn’t do it without my people; Monica, Carrie, Cam, Meredith, Rayna, Spencer, Severide, Philip, Brody, Olivia Pope, and Annalise Keating. What are your favorite shows?