7 Ways Running Improves Your Brain Power

Research has linked running to many physiological, emotional and psychological benefits, such as stress relief, reduced depression, improved mental clarity, etc. That’s why today, dear reader, I will teach you more about some of the brain benefits that running offers. So, without further ado, here are some of the few ways that running—and exercise in general—can help you build YOUR best brain ever. 7 Ways Running Improves Your Brain Power

What is the Difference Between Fitness & Health?

What is the difference between fitness & health? Measuring fitness and health is not a one-size-fits-all process. Why? It’s quite simple. People are different and come from different backgrounds. Although we share the same genetic makeup as Homo sapiens, the little variations in genetic structure, muscle tissue, lifestyle, environment, and overall health and well-being can influence your personal fitness and health profile.

The 5 Hip Strengthening Exercises You Should Be Doing

So In today’s post I’m going to show you exactly how weak hip muscles can lead to running injury, and what kind of exercises you need to be doing to stay injury-free for the long haul. Runners and injuries Most runners focus largely on both running mechanics and footwear as the root-causes of (most overuse) running injuries. Well, there is more to it. Your biomechanics also play a major role. One of the most important, and yet ignored, aspects of biomechanics are the muscles around the hips and its importance when it comes to warding off running pain—especially knee pain. In fact, hip weakness is major running injury root-cause, according to a plethora of studies. Here is why your hip muscles are key for injury-free running:

The Complete Guide to The Rated Perceived Exertion (RPE) Scale

How can I measure my training intensity? If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you are in the right place. Workout intensity is vital to measure as it can tell you whether you are training too hard or not pushing it hard enough. Do too much, and you risk injury and/or burnout. Do too little, and your fitness level will plateau, even decline, which is not what you want. One of the commonly used methods is the Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE). Using this rating system is a crucial component of any training program—regardless of your current fitness level and goals. In this post, I will give you an overview of RPE—what is it, why you should use it, and how to efficiently use for maximum effect. So, are you excited? Then here we go.

The 7 Toughest Ultramarathon Races in the World

I have never participated in a multiday endurance race. Nonetheless, today I’m going to share with you a few crazy races that I would love to add my to “been there, done that” list. These...

Top 10 Science-Based Health Benefits of Running

Running is one of the most popular and common ways to getting in shape and losing weight. In fact, chances you are a runner yourself (or thinking of becoming one) since you just ended up on my blog, reading this post about running. But its benefits go beyond the scale. In fact, running has the power to prevent a plethora of diseases and just might the best medicine. Well, I’m not saying that because I love running, nor is it because I devoted this whole blog and a significant portion of my life to it. But it’s because science is on my side. Research has shown that regular running can help prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, mental decline, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and a myriad of other health problems. Therefore, today I decided to share with you some of the current scientific proven benefits of running.

Beginner Runner Tips – The Complete Guide to The Walk/Run Method

If you are a beginner runner looking to improve endurance and conditioning to run for prolonged periods of time without risking fatigue, injury, or burnout, then you are in the right place. The Walk/Run Method Demystified The run/walk method is a great method for a beginner runner to get their foot in the door, and for experienced athletes to improve their running performance and race times. The guy who pioneered this method is Jeff Galloway— a former Olympian, and legendary coach. According to his website, Jeff has coached over 200,000 walkers and runners to improve their running performance throughout his coaching career.
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Beginners Running Guide – The Greatest 72 Running Tips Of All Time

Whether you are a beginner, a regular runner, or even a marathoner, here are 70 running tips to help you get to the next level.

9 Reasons You’re Not Building Muscle As A Runner (& What to Do About...

If you are a runner and are looking to build muscle, then look no further. In today’s post, I’m going to share with you the eight obstacles standing in your way of achieving a stronger body, along with a few practical tips to help you overcome them. With that said, don’t get me wrong here. You don’t need to become a full-time weightlifter, ending up like the Incredible Hulk, to reap the benefits of strength training. Au contraire my friend, the training guidelines below will help you get strong without getting huge. In other words, ripped and strong is the way to go. But first things first, why runners need to strength train? Keep on reading for the answer…

The 4 Universal Laws of Proper Running Form

Good running form can help you run in the most efficient, the fastest manner possible, with the least risk of injury. As a result, if you want to take your running to the next level, you MUST work on improving your training technique. If that’s what you are after, then you are in the right place. So are you excited? Then here we go… What is Running Form? Also known as running mechanics, running technique, or style, running form simply refers to how you run. The main mechanics include running posture, foot strike, arm position, cadence, etc. Each of these mechanics affects your running comfort, efficiency, and results. See these as the individual functions of your body while running.