Starting a workout routine from scratch can be quite tricky for everyone, but it’s especially challenging for those with too many pounds to lose. If your current weight places you in the morbidly obese category,...
As a runner, I spend most of my time training in one plane of motion — what’s known as the sagittal plane — usually performing the same repetitive movement. As a result, to keep my...
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.
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.
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.
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
The VO2 Max has been one of the primary methods to gauge fitness potential since the late 60’s. Nevertheless, I only know of a few recreational runners who put this excellent training concept in use. So, is the VO2 max something you should be concerned with as a recreational runner? Or should it be the focus of advanced athletes? The answer is not all black and white. That’s why today, in today’s post, I’ll summarize what VO2max is, and how you can measure it without any expensive lab equipment.
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? 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.
If you are looking for some of the best ways and strategies to help you boost your running stamina, then you're in the right place. Today, dear reader, I'm gonna be sharing with you some of my favorite and well-tested endurance building guidelines that will help you become the best runner you can be. So, are you ready? Then here we go.