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Running. Many of us are in a notorious love-hate relationship with it.
Whether you log 2 or 20 miles, your running or jogging routine can, and likely will, grow monotonous over time. There are several ways to change up your workout to keep it effective, interesting and even fun.
While treadmills may have a lackluster reputation, they provide the most control to vary your workout. If you have access to a treadmill, we encourage you to give it another chance with one or more of the approaches below.
During times when gyms and recreational centers are closed, you may take your workout outdoors instead. All of the tips below translate to road and trail routes, too. We recommend using a smartphone app (e.g. Strava, MapMyRun, Runkeeper) or GPS watch (e.g. Garmin, FitBit) to help track your time, pace, distance and elevation.
Try these workout methods to spice up your next run or jog.
Hovering at the same speed for the duration of a workout can become tedious. Your legs and your mind will likely appreciate changing pace. Try some of these speed change-ups to keep your workout interesting.
Hill training is an effective method to break the monotony of a run or walk while boosting your fitness and increasing calorie burn.
A treadmill’s incline feature will give you the most control over your hill training. If you’re running on a road or trail, choose a route with elevation changes as best you can.
Challenging yourself to a race is another way to liven up your workout. Even though many road races have been canceled or postponed this season, your training doesn’t have to go to waste. Use your workouts to push yourself to a new personal record.
Sean Brown, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, is a physical therapist with OrthoCarolina's Sports Therapy - Sports Medicine Center. He competed in cross country and track and field in college at Western State College of Colorado, where he was a 5-time All-American. After college, he competed in road races professionally and qualified for and competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon.
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