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I just started the C25K and was wondering if I could get the same results just running in place. By the time I get home and actually have time to do this workout it is too late to go out and run without being a bit wary of my surroundings. I also don't have access to a treadmill or any other equipment. For my first workout, I walked laps around the living room and stopped to jog in place when it came time to run. Is this totally pointless, or can I continue to follow the C25K program and see improvement. Any tips or advice on the art of in place jogging?

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So I ran indoors for all of week 1 and it was fine. This week, however, for day1 I was able to get home at a decent hour and run outside. After doing both, I think I prefer to go out. Even though inside, I had the benefit of watching tv while I ran to make the workout feel faster, it was nice to have a change of scenery and breathe fresh air. The fact that the world outside my living room is nowhere near being a flat surface, and included what felt like more uphills than down, made me feel like I was getting more of a workout.

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Run outdoors if you can, I find it improves my mood and I sleep better.  Because of my hour long commute, by the time I got home from work I'm both tired and hungry and no energy to run.  So I decided to run only twice a week, instead of the recommended 3-4 times.  I ran on Friday evenings after work, rest Saturday, and then run on my free Sunday.

 

If your surroundings is not convenient to go out and run late evenings, I might suggest doing a variety of cardio workouts instead of running in place.  I would search Youtube for "P90X cardio" or "P90X3 cardio" and go from there.  Also, doing burpees might be more intensive than just running in place.

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