Menu

How To Spice Up Your Running Routine

Your body requires change. The same running routine at the same pace every day can become tedious and boring. It may even convince you to give up running because you are not enjoying the thrill of running that you once did. And even if you force yourself to continue, know that your body is not thrilled either. As a result, there might be no improvement since last month. Your body has adapted to this routine hence there is no significant impact.

It’s suggested to revise your running routine every three to four weeks to ensure you continue to see improvements. Adding some variety in your routine can make your running more fun, adventurous and benefits to your body. Read more on how to spice up your running routine.

How To Spice Up Your Running Routine

Fight Gravity
Try more uphill running and defy gravity. Find a small hill near your home or a hilly road. Climb up fast and then coast down. Running up the hill for a runner is similar to lifting weights. You are working on your strength and endurance. By building muscles in calves, quads, hamstrings and gluts, you are minimizing your risk of injury. Uphill running is more challenging and fun then running on flat courses.

The Speed Workout
Now, this is a workout that has a lot of variety. You play around with speed and intervals. Choose a place that has various landmarks. After five to ten minutes of warming-up, choose a landmark destination that you have to reach from the starting point. Decide whether you would want to run or jog to the destination point and set yourself a target time. For example, 30-minutes to reach the destination point from the starting point.

After reaching the landmark, pick another landmark that you must cover at a slower pace within 15-minutes. This slower pace will help your body to recover and cool down. When the 15-minutes are up, pick up your pace and run for the next 30 minutes till you reach another landmark. Repeat the pattern for your entire workout. Your body will feel great and you get to check out new running routes.

Related Post  How Running Reduces Anxiety and Prevents Stress

HIIT
Known for its fat-burning success, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) gives you a strong workout in less time. In it, you alter short intense aerobic exercises with less intense recovery periods. Sessions vary from 4 – 20 minutes.

Pick a medium-distance track. Say about 200-meters. Cover 40 meters at your fastest speed. Give a break and slow down. Walk or jog for two to three minutes. Repeat. As you train, increase your track size. Then try to cover the entire 200-meter track in one go. The low volume, high intensity approach improves running speeds and overall fitness. It builds athletic capacity and metabolism enabling you to burn fat faster.

The most important thing that most beginners tend to overlook is rest. Resting is just as important as the physical exercise so ensure to introduce a rest day into your running routine. Your body needs to rest when you are training hard as the recovery period allows your body to relax and recovery.

Run hard one day and go slow the next day. If you are a beginner, it’s best to alternate the running days with complete rest days. Give your body some time to recover. For example, you can go on your runs on Mondays. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. While resting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It’s totally up to you.

How do you spice up your running routine? Share your routine with us below.