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How to Get More Running in Less Time

By Genevieve Cunningham

Believe it or not, there are a great number of people who actually love to run. Even if they’re not marathon runners or four-minute milers, running is something that takes ahold of your mind and soul and keeps you pounding the pavement every day. If you’re one of these people, you already know and love the sound of your feet striking the ground, the feel of cold air in your throat, and the smell of your favorite track. But you also know the struggle of getting in a run when you’re short on time. If you want to continue your running habit in less time, take a look at these tips.

Add Sprints

Sprinting allows you to run faster in a shorter amount of time. You may be able to run a mile in 10 minutes, or you may be able to run 20 sprints in the same amount of time. While your sprinting session may not rack up as many miles, you’ll definitely be more tired at the end. Sprinting activates your quads and your lungs all in one big gust of energy. It’s one of the best ways to get in a quick run without sacrificing the difficulty of your workout session.

Focus on Form

If you’re a casual runner, you may not have given much thought to form. But bad form can actually slow you down and keep you from getting in as many miles. If you need a better workout in less time, focus very specifically on the way you pump your arms, the way your foot strikes the ground, and the manner in which you hold your body. Correcting your form takes a lot of work, which will make a tougher workout in the beginning. And as you master better form, you’ll probably be able to run a little farther in less time, just because your efficiency keeps propelling you forward.

Jog Uphill

This will not get you more running, but it will definitely cause you more work! Running uphill is an incredibly tough job. If you need a quick but tough running workout, find a hill, some bleachers, or some stairs, and get busy. You’ll quickly find that this kind of workout is a lot tougher, and you’ll be left with burning lungs, shaking legs, and a desperate need for a break in no time at all.

Running is an excellent way to stay fit. It’s good for your legs, your lungs, your core, and it becomes addictive to those who are able to find joy in it. If you’re short on time, use these tips to keep your running workout going. You’ll make it through your time crunch, and you’ll probably even improve your fitness level when you come out on the other side.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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