If you’ve secretly referred to the treadmill as the “dreadmill”, you’re not alone. After all, the gym staple isn’t known for being the most thrilling way to get your aerobic fix sorted. Even Susie Chan, a U.K-based runner who bagged the Guiness World Record for the longest time (12 hours, mind you) spent running on a treadmill admitted it’s a “horrible” activity.

However, not all of us have the good fortune of time to head to a scenic beach or running trail for a safe workout, and so the treadmill is often the only choice left. Yes we hear you groaning, what if we told you you could half your run, but still achieve the same results?

First, the bad news: If you’re looking to lose weight, being consistent will leave you running straight into a boredom-filled rut. That means, if you’re in the habit of hitting the same speeds and incline every single time, it’s going to a mind-numbing, often frustrating affair.

The good news? With just a few minor tweaks, your treadmill session can evolve from tedious to efficient — and even include toning up other muscles to boot. So stop side-eyeing the hamster wheel, and get cracking with these five useful hacks.