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Break Up Your Run With Pushups for Extra Fun and Suffering

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Ever done pushups or burpees in the middle of a run? Stay with me here. We’re going to make our runs a little harder, but I promise you this will also make them more fun.

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Apparently this is known as a “fun run” in the military—or so I read in Tactical Barbell Conditioning, a book that I picked up for its extensive categorized list of cardio and conditioning workouts. The concept is similar to that of the fitness trail—a place where you jog along and stop to do exercises as you go—or any of the CrossFit WODs that involve running intervals. Basically, this structure of workout is an underrated classic.

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And I think I know why: If running is hard, and exercises are hard, then the combined workout is double hard. But remember that running doesn’t have to be hard; an easy jog or an alternating walk/run is perfectly good enough to build your fitness. You also don’t have to struggle to do an exercise that’s too hard for your current level. Your challenge is to find a version of this workout that works for you.

So here are two options to consider. In the first, you get breaks:

  1. Do 30 reps of an exercise that you find easy (or at least possible) to do for 30 reps.
  2. Go for a four-minute jog.
  3. Rest for two minutes.
  4. Repeat for five total rounds.

For the exercise, consider air squats, or picnic table pushups—put your hands on a table or bench and do pushups that way. (If you can handle 30 pushups from the ground, do that.) You can split the 30 reps into 10+10+10 if you like, but don’t take any more rest than you need.

For the jog, you can set a timer on your phone, or do what I did: jog for two minutes, note where you are (the speed limit sign just after the intersection, okay), and then jog back. Now you can do the same jog every time without checking your watch.

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Here’s the second option:

  1. Do a challenging (but not too terrible) exercise.
  2. Jog for four minutes. This is the closest thing you’ll get to a break.
  3. Repeat.

This one can actually be easier in a sense, because it’s teaching you how to relax and recover while you’re running. You’ll need to slow down your run, and yes, a run/walk is completely appropriate here if that’s what you need.

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I went with option #1 this morning, with kettlebell swings, picnic table pushups, air squats, and lunges as my chosen exercises. It was more interesting than a plain old run, but not particularly punishing. Give either or both of these a try, and see how it goes!

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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