Has your running routine become, well, routine? If you've exhausted your go-to tricks to get motivated—a new playlist, new workout clothes, etc.—and you're still not feeling it, you're not doomed to a lifetime of colorless cardio. We asked running experts to share their most creative (and totally free!) ideas to up the fun factor and help you look forward to lacing up your sneakers.
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Instead of steadily plodding along the well-worn path at your local park (how many times have you done that before?) head to an open grassy area, toss a Frisbee (as if you had a partner), and sprint after it. See how long you can go before letting it touch the ground—you'll be forced to change directions quickly, run in different patterns, and vary your speed, all of which can help you burn more calories and engage your muscles in a new way. Plus, it's fun!
“By making it more of a game, the time flies by!” says Jennipher Walters, a certified personal trainer and co-founder of FitBottomedGirls.com.