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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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Spectra Spectra 9 years
That's kind of a cool idea. I usually just pick landmarks and then sprint to them and I count the sprints I have left to helps pass the time. I also always take an MP3 player filled with high energy songs. When I get to the 15th song, I know my run is almost over and I get really psyched. :)
wiggle wiggle 9 years
I have been getting a little bit bored of just jogging around! This sounds like a great idea and I will just have to plan a bit more than randomly running around the neighborhood.
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 9 years
I took my run outside today since it was a gorgeous fall day and so warm, and I went in a different was great, watching kids cross to go to school, seeing different things...and my body felt it too because I hit hills I never had before. Good tip!
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