Because running in place requires no equipment, and is not dependent on the weather, as running outside is, it takes away the excuses that typically throws one off their workout routine. The best way to succeed at an exercise routine is by keeping it routine, doing it at the same time every day. By sticking with a routine, you engrain the behavior in your mind and it becomes part of your day.

Running in place is a strenuous, plyometric action that builds lower-body strength and agility. Plyometrics trains a muscle to combine maximum speed and strength, involve springing actions such as jumps and hops, and running in place is basically a sequence of alternating one-legged jumps. Specifically, it requires balance, the control of impact forces through the forefoot, and superior ankle and calf strength.

Technique for running in place Technique

Begin leaping softly from foot to foot for a minute or two, focusing on landing on the balls of your feet and kicking your heels toward the ceiling. Gradually increase your tempo and height, and try to hit your butt with your heels. This explosive, all-leg action generates quick muscle contraction and relaxation. A variation is to do a high-knee drill. Instead of heel-kicking your glutes you’re bringing your knees up high in front of you. This strengthens your hip and abdominal muscles.