5 Tips to Make Running Fun

By Erica D'Arcangelo,

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I’ve had people tell me that they could stay on the treadmill for hours… walking, jogging, listening to music and even watching those little televisions connected to the running machines. I wish I had the patience to do that but unfortunately, this is usually how it goes:

The first 2 minutes are no problem. By 2 minutes and 30 seconds I’m getting a little impatient. Time is going soooo slow. Now we’re nearing 5 minutes. How on earth am I going to stay on this thing for 30 minutes? I couldn’t be more bored, and I’ve only been running for 7 minutes.

Does this happen to anyone else?

With that said, after working out on a daily basis for the past year and a half, I have found that running is an essential component to staying in shape. It helps with weight loss, endurance, strength and gives you nice, lean legs. So how do you make your run more enjoyable?

Running Tips: Make Your Jog Less Boring

There are a few ways to make running fun, more enjoyable and less boring. Keep in mind, running is still running. But if you’re like me and you crave something different every day, these tips might help pass the time a little better:

Try a ‘Peak 8′ Run – Peak 8 or Sprint 8 exercises are great for burning off time as well as calories. A recent study also indicates that this type of exercise gives you a boost of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) that aids in muscle-building as well as mental and physical development. A “Sprint 8” workout is done by jogging for 2-3 minutes, then sprinting for about 30 seconds and repeating this pattern 8 times.

If you’re on a treadmill, set your jogging pace at a level of about 4.2-5.2, and during your sprint kick it up to 6.5-7.5. Challenge yourself during these short bursts. It really helps the time to fly and is a great way to burn fat and increase your stamina.

Run Outside – Running on a treadmill in one place sometimes makes me feel boxed in. Doing an outside workout is visually stimulating and distracts you by letting you see the sights while you run. Plus, it tends to be much more physically challenging than a stationary treadmill.

Bring a Friend – Exercising with a friend is a great way to make your run go faster. Increase your fitness expectations by setting goals together and pushing each other.

Have a Goal – Whether you’re running on a treadmill or outside it helps to set a goal. Decide at the start of your workout how many calories you want to burn, how long you want to run, or how many miles you want to go.

Music, Music, Music – I’m not personally big on watching television during a workout–I’ve seen too many people fall off their treadmills–but a great playlist makes my run go faster every time.

Also, try adding another workout before or after your run. I always add an ab workout, or do arm weights and a full set of stretches after my run. Seeing all-around results is the best way to keep focused and excited to do your daily workout.

The Official FHF Running Playlist

There are so many great running songs out there, but here’s a few that help us pick up the pace:

1. Morgan Page – The Longest Road (warm up)

2. Sweet Talk – Kito & Reija Lee

3. I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding

3. Ghosts N Stuff – Deadmau5

4. Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

5. In My City – Ellie Goulding

6. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

7. Katy On A Mission – Katy B.

8. Dance – Rebecca and Fiona

9. Come & Get It – Selena Gomez

10. Witches Brew – Katy B.

11. Afterglow – Phaeleh  feat. Soundmouse (cool down)

Source: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-running

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