Create your own obstacle course. Without much effort, you can create your own personal obstacle course while you run. Leap over large puddles, jump over leaf piles and zig zag around fallen branches. If you live near a playground, you can use the monkey bars, seesaws and rock walls as some of your obstacles. Be creative.
Lift before you run. Lifting weights not only helps you build muscle, but if you do it right before you run, you will end up burning even more calories (and fat) than if you just ran. Even a short twenty to thirty-minute strength training session can maximize your calorie burn as you run.
Sign up for a race. As odd as this may sound, if you sign up to run a 5K, 10K or half marathon, you will have to train for it. So now your leisurely runs just became instant training that you won’t want to skip. Having this goal will force you to run more, or faster, and that will result in burning more calories.
Run less:Sounds strange, but there’s a catch. You can run less, but you have to increase your intensity during that short run time. If you usually run for forty-five minutes at a seven-minute mile pace, try running for a half hour, but at a six or five-mile pace. Over time, your pace will get quicker and your time may lessen. This is also great for those days when you are short on time.
Head for the beach. If you live in the middle of the dessert this may not seem like the best idea, but it’s not the beach you need, but rather, the sand. That’s right. Running in sand is hard—really hard—and it will torch some serious calories while you try to get through it. Studies show you can burn up to 30% more calories if you run in sand. If you have access to a pool, you can run laps in the pool for the same effect.[/su_note]
Try one of these methods to increase your calorie burn on your next run. Not only are they effective, but they will also add some new excitement to your run just in case you are starting to get a bit bored with them. Happy, and healthy trails!