There are no shortcuts when it comes to getting and staying in shape, but we have some running hacks and a bit of advice that can help make your training and workouts even better.

1. Lay your outfit out the night before you run

Laying out your outfit the night before each run helps you get in the right mindset before going to bed. That way, when that alarm goes off, it’ll be easy and natural to take off without hesitation.

2. Turn on bright lights instead of hitting the snooze button

If you plan on running early in the morning, set your alarm across the room so you aren’t tempted to hit the snooze button. Then when it goes off, flip on bright lights. This stimulates the production of serotonin, which will help you wake up faster.

3. Avoid blisters by wearing pantyhose under your socks

Don’t laugh. Whether you want to call them nylon stockings or pantyhose, it actually works. Infantrymen have been known to wear pantyhose under their socks because it helps to keep their skin from chafing. If you don’t believe tough guys wear pantyhose, here’s the proof over at the Stars and Stripes blog!

4. Stop static stretching

While many people think static stretching (holding muscles in a stretched position for 10-30 seconds) prevents injury, it can actually decrease your running performance. If you want to warm up before you run, try dynamic stretching by using controlled body and leg movements to improve range of motion, increase heart rate, loosen muscles, and amplify blood flow to help you run more efficiently.

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