Originally Posted by mtlgirl
Another factor may be that outside there are a lot more distractions like the sights and sounds that surround you. Personally I find that a 30-minute run outside goes by a lot faster than a 30-minute run on the treadmill which seems to last forever. On a treadmill you're just looking at the seconds go by, where as outdoors you are covering ground which is more mentally stimulating.
Personally I find that listening to music while working out on the treadmill helps enormously. It helps the time go by faster and helps you move faster to keep up with the tempo of the music. Then you can enjoy the adrenaline rush even more!
I agree that distractions are great for the time walking. I ALWAYS put a towel over the readings on the treadmill. It forces me NOT to constantly look at how much longer I have to go or the dreaded "you mean I feel like I'm gonna tumble over at any moment and this dang machine is saying that I have only gone THAT far?"
I also agree with listening to music while you work out. I have playlists to suit my mood AND tempo for each time I go to the gym (I recycle thru about 4 playlists). Do I want to walk faster, do I want to put a bit of STANK behind the workout (my grrrr face), or do I want a more mellow feeling? Listen to songs ahead of time and swing your arms to what your normal pace as if you were are on the treadmill...is the song too fast or too slow vs. your normal beat? You can also put a playlist together that will be right at 30 minutes so you will know once you finish your list, you have gone through your workout. It's better than watching the clock on the treadmill.
ALSO another thing I find helpful is to "breath" SING the song while you are on the treadmill. You don't have to sing out loud, but use the same amount of breath that you would normally use to sing normally, while listening to the songs during your workout. It's a HUGE lung burning exercise and really adds to the workout. My ex husband was in the military and they would always sing cadences while they run for that reason...to help strengthen the lungs faster.
I'm still new here, so sorry if I sound like an energetic puppy. This site is GREAT!