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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Research shows that dog owners are more likely to be regular exercisers and to make healthier lifestyle choices than their pup-free counterparts. And many breeds make excellent running partners! “Dogs are the best workout buddies—they're always excited to go for a run or a walk and just love being active. We should all aspire to live more like them,” Walters says. A pup's enthusiasm can be contagious and inspire you to go the extra mile without much extra effort.
Don't have your own pup? Ask a friend if you can start training with hers, or better yet, invite her to join you too. Just remember that dogs, like people, should ease into running longer distances so keep your first session under five miles, says Walters, who recommends checking with your vet to see which workouts are best for your particular breed.
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