Cardio is Winning + Treadmill HIIT Workout Ideas

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Hey! Happy June 27th! It’s been feeling like fall in Minnesota for the past few days so I’m hopeful that July will bring back the summer feels! We only have so much summer here… be kind to us please.

So I’ve always loved lifting. The name of my blog might give that away. Cardio has never been my strong suit, until recently. All I’ve been doing are treadmill HIIT workouts for the last 3 weeks or so and I’m loving it.

Things have been busy this month with kid’s sports (multiple evenings each week) and graduations so I wanted to change things up to stay on track. Better to slow down or switch gears than stop. There has been zero time in the evenings for 30-40 minute lifting sessions. I mean I could fit it in if I really wanted to but I don’t wanna. I’ve been preferring 15-20 minute HIIT sessions instead. I’ve been “creating” the workouts as I go and wanted to share a few ideas that help me beat treadmill boredom.


Treadmill HIIT Workout Ideas

It’s probably pretty normal to not be very excited by the dreaded treadmill but I have a few treadmill HIIT workout ideas you can try to switch it up and make things a bit more exciting.

Treadmill HIIT Workout Ideas via


  • Play around with sprint/walk times. Sometimes I’ll do 30/30 (30 second sprint, 30 seconds standing on the sides) and sometimes I’ll sprint 30 seconds and walk 90 seconds. Sometimes I’ll even sprint 30 seconds and walk 3 minutes.


  • Do dumbbell exercises while walking. You can do shoulder presses, bicep curls, overhead tricep extensions and lunges if you’re really coordinated (I am not, ha!)


  • Jump off the treadmill during your recovery time and pick up some weights. Do some deadlifts, squats, lunges, chest presses or push-ups and then jump back on the treadmill for some sprints.


  • Walk backwards or sideways. This is harder than it looks and it’s not something I’ve mastered yet but I have a blast trying.


My Treadmill HIIT Schedule

3 times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri or Tues/Thurs/Sat)

I do plan on adding in more lifting eventually but I’m having fun with this right now so I’m leavin’ it alone!

For me I’ve learned that cardio is a necessary evil to keep the “fluffiness” at bay. Maybe that’s just because I really love carbs. Ha! I always feel amazing when I’m done though, so I try to remember that each time I slip into my running shoes. A great music playlist helps too! Which reminds me… I need to make a new one.

Oh and here’s a picture of my daughter’s kitten to make you smile:

Adelle ~ Ragdoll Kitten

Her name is Adelle. Isn’t she purrty?

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!
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