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4 Tips to Make Running Fun - and Tasty

While you don’t have to run to lose weight or stay in shape, it still is one of the most efficient ways to work out, keep yourself healthy, and burn some calories.

The reason why running is more efficient is mainly because it burns calories faster than other exercises like walking, biking, hiking, etc. So while it’s not necessary, it does take less time to see the same results. In addition it strengthens your, lungs, and helps tone your legs, etc.

Plus it helps increase your endurance, and gives you a nice little natural high when you’re done. So for those reasons I do enjoy running.

But honestly, I can’t stand running without something to make it fun for me. Because if I’m just running around a track, or on a busy road, or on a treadmill then I get bored out of my mind, and it’s just no fun.

If you’re going to work out, it’d better be fun, or else you’ll never stick with it, and you’ll never get any real results from your efforts. (And that’s very frustrating)

So what I like to do to make running fun is to:

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#1 - Run to a reward

Personally my favorite is to run into town and get some good food. I like a local coffee shop in my area that has awesome coffee and scones. Usually on Saturday Lindsey, Clover and myself will run into town and pick up some tasty breakfast there. (In fact we did that today and that’s what the video above is about)

And when you run to get breakfast, if you do it right, you’ll neutralize any calories you eat for breakfast which really helps with losing weight, and you still get to eat some great food and have your favorite drink too.

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#2 - Get a nice view

Running in boring areas is mind numbing, and makes you focus on how tired you are, or how long you’ve been running. Because running is a big mental game, if you’re bored you’ll usually think you’re more tired than you really are. And if that happens either you’ll think that running is pure torture, you’ll stop, or you will just not enjoy yourself.

If you choose a spot to run that is interesting, has fun things to look at, and distracts yourself from the fact that you are running, then running can actually be enjoyable and fun.

Personally, I like running by the water, or in big parks with lots of trails, trees, animals, etc.

I also really like running with our dog Clover, because she usually enjoys herself so much that the excitement rubs off on me and I find myself having more fun as a result.

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#3 - Don’t take your run too seriously

If you need to take a break, go for it. You’re not running a race here, you’re running because you want to. And if you need a break, take it. Just walk it off, and resume whenever you feel comfortable.

If you make it a point to make running uncomfortable by pushing your limits (unless you enjoy that) then you’ll never keep running because who enjoys uncomfortable experiences? No one.

And you can only take so much of a bad thing before you quit. So allow yourself some room for error. It’s really not that big of a deal.

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#4 - Run somewhere fun then walk back

If you don’t run in a loop, (where you start somewhere and then finish your run in the same spot), then you can run just as far as you would on a “loop run.” And then you can walk back from the end of the run. This way you can cool down for longer, and you’ll get a nice walk on the way back.

Personally, if you have the time, I find this much more relaxing and you get the benefit of burning more calories, because you not only took a run, but you also went on a walk as well.

I find the walk back from a run therapeutic, relaxing, and fun. Especially because of the nice endorphins that are pumping through your veins after you’re done running. (That’s what people usually mean when they say “a natural high.”)

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My personal recommendation

So if you’re thinking about starting running to lose some pounds, my personal recommendation is to make it a fun and rewarding experience. Don’t take the run too seriously, have fun, and make it exciting, not boring.

If you can find ways to make running a positive experience, you’ll not only be able to have fun while doing it, but you’ll get in shape much quicker as well. Because you’ll stick with it much longer than you would if you make running a boring, torturous and horrible experience.

What are you waiting for? Go out there and have fun!

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2 Responses to “4 Tips to Make Running Fun - and Tasty”

  1. comment number 1 by: Jackie (gwnn)

    wow, looks like an awesome place to have a run/powerwalk! great scenery too… love the pooch. I had a poodle growing up (he’s a poodle right?)

    Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. So Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?

    LOL!! that’s my favourite children’s rhyme. I use it to confuse my nephews often!! :-)

    thanks for the awesome video! very inspiring!

  2. comment number 2 by: Fit Bottomed Girls

    Taking a good friend along for a run totally helps, too!

    Oh, and nothing beats a runner’s high! :)

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