You love your running routine, but if it’s starting to become boring, then here are some ideas to liven it up.
First of all, if you run or jog alone, you may want to rethink that. Going it alone can seem like drudgery, while having a running buddy can make it a positive social event. Having someone else to run with not only makes it much more enjoyable, but it can also keep you more accountable.
It’s also possible that you’re not being challenged enough with your current running workout—or that you’re just getting tired of the same old scenery and path. If you think you need to up your workout intensity, then add some resistance to it. Maybe use some ankle weights, wrist weights or an adjustable weight vest. Or, add some 30-second all-out sprints to your regular run.
If you need a change of scenery, then run a different route. Go the other direction, launch out in another place—a park of nature preserve, perhaps—or even catch a ride with a friend somewhere and then jog back home.
You can even add roller blading, roller skating or skateboarding to your running routine. You can start out with it and then continue with your regular run or pick it up at the close of your run to top off your exercise time. Either way, however, the roller blades or roller skates can add pressure to your ankles, so make sure they’re strong enough for them if you use them.
If you really want to add some life to running, have a friend create some running plans for you that include some of these suggestions and other creative running adventures—and have him or her place them in a sealed envelope so that you don’t know what to expect until you open it. When it’s time for your run, pick one from the pile and go for it!
You see? There are many ways to revitalize your run.
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.