How to Make Running Harder Without Adding More Miles

If you have just started running, good job! This is a tough workout, but for many, it turns out to be very beneficial. It can work the muscles, lead to weight loss, improve cardiovascular health, and just get your body in generally better shape. At first, running is really tough, but soon, it gets a lot easier. In fact before too long, you may be looking for ways to make running a challenge again. If you don’t want to just keep running, but would rather find new ways to make running more difficult, check out these tips.

Intervals

Just like with other types of workouts, running in intervals is a great way to up the challenge. Try sprinting, jogging, walking, and back to sprinting again. Play with the times and length to see what works for you. Sprinting also engages your muscles differently than long term jogging, so you’ll be giving your body and muscles an entirely new workout. Alternate this with days of jogging, and you will get a great challenging workout, but without having to run mile after mile after mile every single day.

Add an Incline

Another great way to add intensity to a running workout is to run uphill. This can be done in a lot of way. If you have a treadmill, just lift the incline until it is comfortable but challenging. If you have a hill nearby, use it as a new terrain. You can also use stairs or bleachers for even more of a challenge. Running uphill is extremely challenging, and you may find that your body is getting a whole new kind of workout by adding this simple step.

Push Something Heavy

You may have seen this concept in football practice. Pushing something while trying to run is really, really difficult. You will find yourself out of breath much more quickly. It can tough to find something that you can push, but a local gym might have a good option. For me, strapping a baby in a stroller and going for a jog is one of the toughest and satisfying workouts of my week.

Running doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t have to end with you running marathons. There are lots of ways to challenge the body without running endless miles. Use these simple tips to get you moving in the right direction, and to keep you running towards better health.

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