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  • 03 Dec 2017
    Running is one of the very best forms of exercise for improving your health, as well as for building more speed and strength in your legs. It burns a lot of calories and you can do it anywhere. So why isn’t everyone doing it? There are a few reasons, but one of the big excuses people tend to give is that they find it boring. And granted, steady state cardio like running can seem a little dull at times. It takes a long time and often you won’t be doing much interesting during that period – just hitting the tarmac over and over again... So the question is, how can you make running fun so that you actually want to do it? Take Music and Podcasts One way to make running more enjoyable is to distract yourself with something. Good options here include music and podcasts. While a podcast can give you something interesting to listen to – possibly even helping you to learn while you run – music can help to spur you on and give you a bit more drive to keep pushing past your limit. Kick a Ball Running doesn’t have to mean simply running from one spot to another. A good option then is to try running while kicking a ball – kick the ball out in front of you, run to it, and then kick it out in front of you again! This way, you can make it almost like a game of football as you’re running! Run With a Partner Running with a partner will likely spur you on to be a little competitive and it certainly makes it a little less lonely. Oh and there’s no reason that your partner has to be human – running with dogs is perfectly fine too! Make Games You can create games for yourself while you run to make it a little less boring. These can be mental games you play in your own head (like trying to spot how many red cars you see), or they can be challenges you set that are related to your run. A good example is to try racing other joggers that you see nearby! Treadmills vs Running Outdoors – What’s the Difference? I’m not going to tell you that running on a treadmill is a waste of time, that it’s useless, or that it’s something you should never do. Running on a treadmill definitely has its advantages. Apart from anything else, it allows you to train indoors, which means you can avoid going out in the rain and means you can avoid having to talk yourself into training on wet days. Better yet, this means that you can put on the TV or listen to music without sweaty headphones. And that makes running a lot less boring! But there are definitely downsides. Big downsides in fact. Read on to find out what those are and why you should reconsider making this your primary way of exercising… Biomechanics The first thing to recognize is that running on a treadmill is not biomechanically identical to running outdoors. That is to say, that the way you exercise is different and this results in different results for your muscles. More specifically, the difference comes from the fact that the floor is moving underneath you. When you run on a treadmill, you are stay completely in spot and the objective is really just to be off the ground long enough to avoid moving backward. This is different to running outdoors, where you are actively pulling yourself forward and reaching out for that next step. The real thing works more muscles in the legs, burning more calories and also improving your technique. Getting Outdoors Then there’s the downside of being indoors. One of the best things about running outside is actually just… being outside. That’s because running outdoors means you’re getting fresh air (which is incredibly good for your lungs and your circulation) and it means that you’re getting sunlight. Sunlight means vitamin D, which means stronger bones and more testosterone! But Then Again… But don’t write treadmills off completely. While they may not be as good as running outdoors in many ways, they are not only useful for their convenience. One thing treadmills have going in their favor is that they force you to keep running at a set speed and let you set this very precisely. You can’t slow down or inadvertently take it easy as you’re running because the treadmill sets the pace. This makes them ideal for running to a very specific goal and also very good for interval training and the like. In general, just pushing yourself further and trying to beat personal bests will be an easy way to make running more rewarding and more addictive as well! There are many more ways to make running more fun, all it takes is a little imagination!
    General Health 435 Posted by Kati Baxley United States Population Health
  • Running is one of the very best forms of exercise for improving your health, as well as for building more speed and strength in your legs. It burns a lot of calories and you can do it anywhere. So why isn’t everyone doing it? There are a few reasons, but one of the big excuses people tend to give is that they find it boring. And granted, steady state cardio like running can seem a little dull at times. It takes a long time and often you won’t be doing much interesting during that period – just hitting the tarmac over and over again... So the question is, how can you make running fun so that you actually want to do it? Take Music and Podcasts One way to make running more enjoyable is to distract yourself with something. Good options here include music and podcasts. While a podcast can give you something interesting to listen to – possibly even helping you to learn while you run – music can help to spur you on and give you a bit more drive to keep pushing past your limit. Kick a Ball Running doesn’t have to mean simply running from one spot to another. A good option then is to try running while kicking a ball – kick the ball out in front of you, run to it, and then kick it out in front of you again! This way, you can make it almost like a game of football as you’re running! Run With a Partner Running with a partner will likely spur you on to be a little competitive and it certainly makes it a little less lonely. Oh and there’s no reason that your partner has to be human – running with dogs is perfectly fine too! Make Games You can create games for yourself while you run to make it a little less boring. These can be mental games you play in your own head (like trying to spot how many red cars you see), or they can be challenges you set that are related to your run. A good example is to try racing other joggers that you see nearby! Treadmills vs Running Outdoors – What’s the Difference? I’m not going to tell you that running on a treadmill is a waste of time, that it’s useless, or that it’s something you should never do. Running on a treadmill definitely has its advantages. Apart from anything else, it allows you to train indoors, which means you can avoid going out in the rain and means you can avoid having to talk yourself into training on wet days. Better yet, this means that you can put on the TV or listen to music without sweaty headphones. And that makes running a lot less boring! But there are definitely downsides. Big downsides in fact. Read on to find out what those are and why you should reconsider making this your primary way of exercising… Biomechanics The first thing to recognize is that running on a treadmill is not biomechanically identical to running outdoors. That is to say, that the way you exercise is different and this results in different results for your muscles. More specifically, the difference comes from the fact that the floor is moving underneath you. When you run on a treadmill, you are stay completely in spot and the objective is really just to be off the ground long enough to avoid moving backward. This is different to running outdoors, where you are actively pulling yourself forward and reaching out for that next step. The real thing works more muscles in the legs, burning more calories and also improving your technique. Getting Outdoors Then there’s the downside of being indoors. One of the best things about running outside is actually just… being outside. That’s because running outdoors means you’re getting fresh air (which is incredibly good for your lungs and your circulation) and it means that you’re getting sunlight. Sunlight means vitamin D, which means stronger bones and more testosterone! But Then Again… But don’t write treadmills off completely. While they may not be as good as running outdoors in many ways, they are not only useful for their convenience. One thing treadmills have going in their favor is that they force you to keep running at a set speed and let you set this very precisely. You can’t slow down or inadvertently take it easy as you’re running because the treadmill sets the pace. This makes them ideal for running to a very specific goal and also very good for interval training and the like. In general, just pushing yourself further and trying to beat personal bests will be an easy way to make running more rewarding and more addictive as well! There are many more ways to make running more fun, all it takes is a little imagination!
    General Health Dec 03, 2017 435 United States Population Health