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Spice Up Your Boring Jogging Routine With Three Tips From Experts

For anyone engaged in running and jogging as a fitness regimen, a lot of factors may affect your passion to continue your workout. I have seen many people end their jogging lifestyle not because they have become busy or physically tired, but because of a very simple concept: becoming bored.

No matter how initially exciting an activity may seem to be, eventually anyone could lose passion if the activity does not change, day in and day out. Just imagine bungee jumping for the first time, and then doing the same stunt in the same place at the same time each and every time. Wouldn’t it feel routinary?

It’s pretty much the same with jogging. The workout involves running, and basically nothing else. If you don’t put effort into spicing up your exercise routine, then you’l l probably feel burned out in the end.

Here are three tips to mix up your otherwise lackluster jogging routine:

Do the Run-Walk-Run method

Developed by running expert Jeff Galloway, this running sequence was designed for people who cannot finish the run continuously. The method involves running for the first minutes of the routine, then taking breaks by walking before resuming the run.

The alternate sequence of running and walking might sound less effective in terms of fitness and weight loss, but Galloway stressed the importance of achieving a distance goal. He found his own students not only being able to complete the total target distance, but even looking forward to increasing the limit on their next run.

If you want to use this technique, you first need to strike a balance between running and walking time. Galloway has uploaded a matrix on his website to help you calculate your run-walk-run ratio.

Why it works

According to Galloway, taking walk breaks relieves the muscles and prevents sudden fatigue. It also results in a longer jogging distance, which is essential if you’re planning to join marathons.

Include core and strength training

Want to hit two birds with one stone? Aside from running to get fit, experts recommend weight training injected into your regimen. Jon-Erik Kawamoto, strength coach and personal trainer, said that core and strength training is a part of a good running routine.

A lot of strengthening workouts are out there, so here are some that you might want to try out on your next jog:

Perform squats in regular intervals. You can do 6-8 squats for every 5-10 minutes of jogging. Alternatively, you can do lunges if squats aren’t your thing.

Use breaks in your jog as opportunities to do bodyweight exercises. If you need to stop at a pedestrian signal, you can do butt kicks or jump squats before the sign turns green.

Why it works

Weight training workouts provide strength to your leg muscles, protecting you from injury as you continue on your jogging lifestyle. It also provides a momentary break from the monotony of just running on the pavement.

Run somewhere where no one has gone before (or only a few have)

Another easy way to shake things up is to run in areas that you don’t normally go to. A change of scenery is a simple jolt enough to make your jogging routine new. Instead of going to the nearby park, why not jog in the next neighborhood or on the busy city streets?

However, I recommend a place that will not only change what you see, but will also challenge your run. You can do any of the following:

Trail running involves jogging in the wilderness. If you live near a forest or an open area filled with trees, that’s a good way to start. Running through the woods can bring you back to nature, and give you a sense of tranquility even if your heart is pounding like crazy from all the jogging.

A school track, perhaps? Some runners get a rush of excitement when they jog in an oval track. You may spice it up by setting a time goal to reach the finish line, just like you would a real track-and-field event.

If you think you can handle a little more difficulty, challenge yourself by jogging up a hill (that is, if you live near one). The laws of gravity will work against you, like a set of weights on your shoulders, but you will reap much in terms of strength and fitness.

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All in all, it’s really up to you to drum up excitement for your next jogging adventure. Aside from your daily jog, you can always make use of our amazing fitness and wellness program here at Viance.

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