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Step Up Your Outdoor Jog

Sick of the same old jog down the street, through the park, or whatever route you may take. One way that I like to keep my outdoor jogs a little less on the boring side is by taking a few active rests along the way.

Here's how it works: After running for about 5-10 minutes, I pick a landmark up ahead and when I reach it I do an exercise I've predetermined in my head. For example, if I see a park bench up ahead, then I'll stop and do three sets of 20 step-ups using the bench and continue on my run when I've completed the sets. In another 5-10 minutes, I choose another landmark and do another exercise. The type of exercise is totally up to you as you can do any kind of exercise you'd like (stair climbing, lunges, crunches, squats, push-ups, high kicks, etc.) during your active rests.

For me the best part is that I spend the whole time thinking about my next exercise rather than the 45 minutes I have left on my jog. Then when you're done, you've got the satisfaction from not only running 45 minutes, but also by completing numerous other exercises too!


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