Fitness running tips
Running is one of the most demanding forms of cardiovascular exercise. It is a great way to burn calories, increase endurance and release endorphins. With all of these benefits, we need to ensure that we avoid injury and loss of motivation during our run sessions. Below are a few tips to ensure that your runs are enjoyable, productive and safe.
- Keep hydrated: Carry a bottle of water with you on your run to ensure that your body is receiving the hydration necessary.
- Don’t run right after eating: Remember the old saying that you shouldn’t swim after eating a meal. Well the same applies here. If you eat a large meal and then go for a run, the food in your stomach will sit there stagnant as digestion will come to a hault. This can cause nausea, cramping and even vomiting.
- Shoes: Wear comfortable running shoes and replace them when necessary. The average running shoe will last and be effective for approximately 500 miles. After this, the shoe begins to break down and offers less support and comfort.
- Prepare for the conditions: If it is a snowy, icy day, you may be better off running on the treadmill at home or in the gym. On a rainy day, dress appropriately. When extremely hot, wear light clothing that will allow moisture to escape. Do not wear rubber suits which encourage excessive sweating.
- Motivation: Motivate yourself during your run with either a running partner or some good music to help you chug along. Without motivation of some sort, success becomes difficult.
- Document: Track your running progress so you can challenge yourself the next time around.
- Stretch: After a short warm up, it is a good idea to stretch your legs out to avoid cramping or muscle strains and pulls.
- Run safe: Choose safe running routes. Running on a busy road is probably not the safest idea. Try to run on back roads, tracks or spaces where traffic is minimal.
Now get out there and hit the track, road or trail in a safe way.
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