Summer is here, and there really is no better way to get out there and soak up some Santa Barbara rays than with a jog! And while running can be a quick and easy way to sneak some exercise into a busy routine, it can also become a serious way to improve your overall fitness.
So if you’re looking to take your running routine to the next level, here are 5 tips to help you on your way…
1. Find a New Spot in Santa Barbara to Run
If your routine is starting to feel a bit stale, one of the easiest ways to ensure you’re psyched before every run is to bring some variety into your routes.
Changing up your running routine with a couple of new routes isn’t just good for your brain—it’s also good for your body! Running on new terrain can help you target some of those important smaller muscles and ligaments in your feet and ankles, building up your strength and resilience on a variety of running surfaces.
Not sure where to look? Check out this website, detailing a ton of great trails in the Santa Barbara area.
2. Get a Running Buddy
Just like running the same route can get old, so can running alone.
Finding a consistent running partner can be a great way to boost your motivation, and give you someone to talk to during your leisurely jogging sessions. Plus, who doesn’t love a little healthy competition, right?
3. Improve Your Running by Incorporating Different Types of Runs
Chances are, if you’re relatively new to running, your routine consists of a couple miles a few times a week. Now that’s a great place to start, but did you know that there are different types of runs you can use to improve your running and overall fitness? It’s true! Long runs, intervals, tempo runs… the list is endless! To try something new, incorporate tempo intervals into your regular running schedule.
4. Start Cross-Training
Incorporating different types of runs can be great, but another option to help improve your running is to start working in some cross-training. It’s great for your body, and also helps prevent injuries.
The most common cause of injury for runners include muscle imbalances, overtraining, and issues with running form (for example, foot placement when your shoe hits the ground). As Asics Runkeeper blog notes, “By moving your body in a different motion than running, you can strengthen your muscles and smooth out imbalances. By reducing the number of miles you run, you reduce the overall impact on your muscles, joints, and bones.”
5. Work With a Personal Trainer to Build a Running Routine
Finally, working with a personal trainer can be a great option if you’re trying to improve, but are not sure where to start. They can help set you up with a routine that incorporates some of the tactics we mentioned above like different types of runs, and a cross-training routine that works for you.
Want to take the next step to become an even better runner? The amazing community at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club can help!
With personal training, group classes, and a community-focused facility full of top-notch equipment and spots to relax with friends, we’ve got everything you need (and more!) to help you make the most out of your Santa Barbara running routine!