Running, walking, or biking on the same pavement over the same route time and time again can get redundant. Even boring. Spice up your routine by exploring new areas or taking to your local trail system. It may just be the change you need to maintain or spark your motivation levels.
Residing in an urban area can be great; it typically means that you are surrounded with some great restaurants, fun nightlife, and frequent festivals. Running or walking in urban areas, however, can be a hindrance. It seems every time you get into a groove, the light turns red or an inattentive driver nearly misses you in the crosswalk. Sometimes, you need to get away from it for a while and shake things up a bit.
Most cities, no matter the size, have some form of trail systems available for the public. In Madison, we have some of the best urban trail access in the entire country—and lately, I’ve been taking full advantage of these trails. Using trails has really helped with my motivation level. I have even been looking forward to my evening run … crazy thought, right?
It all really comes back to the importance of making exercise fun for you. Ultimately, you have to do what makes you happy. I know that I enjoy being in the outdoors, so I would much rather run or walk in the peace and quiet of the woods than pound on the pavement surrounded by an urban jungle. For some people, the reverse could be true—so go out and shake things up and be sure to let me know what you think!