As great as a runner’s high is, pounding the pavement tends to get a little monotonous. Not only does boredom suck, but doing the same thing over and over again in your workout can lead to a results plateau. That’s why you should mix things up—here’s five ideas on how to do just that:
1. Take it back to the old school
Find a public school or track near your neighborhood and take advantage of those bleachers! There’s a reason your high school basketball coach had the team running up and down the stands; not only does it increase cardiovascular stamina, but it also helps tone and strengthen your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Get even more variety by skipping every other step or stepping 2 up and 1 down.
2. Bring a good deed into the mix
If you don’t have a furry running partner of your own, your local animal shelter would be happy to loan you one for the afternoon! You’ll be giving a pup in need a great afternoon and may even find yourself going a little longer or faster than usual. Contact your local shelter to see what is required to volunteer.
3. Get a new look
Sometimes all it takes to motivate yourself is a to see things differently; namely yourself! Try mixing up your usual running gear for something a little. We’re inspired by the outfits we peep on the Fabletics Instagram. Basic black is cool and all, but nothing energizes the soul quite like COLOR!
4. Head out early
Start your day off the right way by getting your run in soon after your wake up. You won’t have to worry about fitting it in later if the unexpected craziness of life rears its face, and you’ll go about the rest of day already knowing you’ve accomplished something positive!
5. Hit the trail with friends
You don’t have to be an animal person to have a little company on your run! Finding a regular running partner will make the time fly by and keep you from making excuses on why you can’t run today. If you can’t meet for every run, try for once a week.
Now that you’ve got some ideas on how to shake up your running routine, the only thing left is to get out there and do it! Good luck, and make sure to pin this so you can check back whenever you need a quick refresher!