Running 101 – How to Train With a Heart Rate Monitor

The heart monitor is an all knowing device that you can rely on every time—if you are serious about becoming the best runner you can ever hope to be . But… If you have never used this wonderful tool before, then, truth be told, I can’t blame nor hold it against you. In fact, using a tool like this one is no easy ride. With all that being said, if you are a latecomer to the party, then fret no more. Today I’m going to share with you my full guide to heart rate training. You'll learn why it's such a valuable tool as well as how to use it for maximum results.

How to Start a Walking Program for Beginners

Fit people, especially runners, are not born overnight. It takes long months of training to get comfortable with regular exercise, especially a high impact sport, like running. But, if you are out of shape and/or overweight (20-pounds heavier or more), then taking up any high-intensity, high-impact from the get go might not be the best idea. If that’s your case, then start with walking. Doing so can prevent you from getting injured and discouraged early on. So, for instance, if your goal is to become a regular runner, you should not entertain any notion of running or walking/running until you can brisk walk for 40 to 50 minutes with much ease. Therefore, whether you’re looking to just get in shape, or serious about becoming a regular runner down the road, here are my complete beginner guide to fitness walking. Note: I’m not a certified physician. So, a word to the wise, before taking up this walking plan, talk with your doctor first, especially if you’re over 40, have serious health issues, have a family history of heart disease, or are overweight. How to Start a Walking Program for Beginners

Top 10 Weight Loss Rules For Runners

Most people take up running for mainly one reason: to lose weight. Heck, that’s what got me into it in the first place. Years ago, I was fat and out-of-shape, but after taking up running everything changed for the better. Just don’t get me wrong. Running does shed mad calories, but it’s not a guaranteed recipe of success. In fact, some runners still struggle their weight or hit weight loss wall, and unwanted weight gain can happen despite regular training. That’s a fact. Nevertheless, don’t throw your running shoes away yet. Today you are going to learn how to reach success with your weight loss running routine. Therefore, here are 9 rules for maximum weight loss for runners.

Knee Pain When Running – The 7 Most Common Knee Injuries in Runners

Therefore, it’s no surprise that the knee is the most common site for injuries among runners (and athletes from all backgrounds). In fact, knee injuries make up roughly 50 percent of all sports injuries, according to research. Knee pain/injury can affect anyone, from beginner joggers who are just starting out, to elite runners who push themselves a bit too hard.

The 7 Hip Flexors Stretches Runners Should Do

First things first, hip flexors are a group of skeletal muscles located in the upper thighs and the pelvis region, linking the legs to the pelvis. These muscles connect the thigh bone—known as the femur—to the pelvis. The primary hip flexor muscles are the psoas major and the iliacus— collectively known as the iliopsoas, which is usually the weakest of all of the muscles. Other hip flexor muscles include the sartorius, tensor fascia latae, and rectus femoris. The Functions These powerful muscles are used in every stride when walking, running, and sprinting. Some of the main functions of hip flexors include:

Top 8 Leg-Strengthening Exercises for Runners

As a runner, strength training in the gym is no longer an option—it’s a necessity. I cannot emphasize it enough. And that’s why I’m writing (and have written) extensively on the subject. Why? If your goal is to...

How To Start Running Again After A Long Break

Looking to start running again after a long break? Then you come to the right place. Life Is a Cruel Mistress! Consistent running is critical if you want to improve your fitness and health for the long...

8 Post-Workout Mistakes You’re Probably Making & How To Avoid Them

You just finished a sweaty workout, and you’re feeling accomplished. So, what should you do next? If you’re like most people, you probably want nothing more than to lie down and collapse on the couch. After...

The Complete Beginners Guide to Choosing The Right Running Shoes

The scientific link between running shoes and overuse injuries is still, surprisingly, a source of debate in the running community. In fact, this is not yet unsettled from a scientific standpoint. But all in all, I do believe in the importance of proper running shoes. I have written extensively about it in the past, and I’ll, most likely, keep writing about the subject in the near future. I hate to sound like a broken record, but investing in a pair of proper running shoes is vital if you are serious about keeping your runs consistent and enjoyable for the long haul. That’s why I highly urge you to invest your time and some of your money looking for the best shoe possible. It’s worth the effort, for the short and long term.

7 Ways to Stop Post-Workout Hunger

Do you find yourself starving after a run? Does your stomach screams for substance following a hard workout? Are you experiencing runner’s hunger, aka “runger”, more than often? If so, then you are not alone. In fact, this is pretty common and happens more often than you think. The Runger Phenomenon Runger, which is the hunger induced by running (Running + Hunger), is very common and can be handled without much trouble. However, this little issue can become a real problem to be taken seriously, especially if you are serious about reaching your fitness goals, be it losing weight, building healthier eating habits, or improving running performance.