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
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...
Strength is the foundation of every athletic movement there is, whether it’s running, biking, soccer, you name it And as a runner, there is nothing more important than strength training to help you run faster and protect your body against injury. 8 Strength Training Strategies That Actually Work For Runners
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.
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:
Truth be told, it doesn’t matter whether you are a recreational runner, seasoned athlete, or someone who spends most of their time sitting in an office chair, a strong core is vital for both health and performance. Your core muscles are the foundation for almost all athletic and non-athletic movements. And when the core muscles are in trouble—read: too weak—expect all sorts of troubles, including chronic pain, bad posture, back issues, even spinal injury, God forbid. Therefore, once you get your core strong and powerful, you’ll be adding more support to your body so you can run and perform every athletic activity (and every other life task) much more efficiently and with more ease.
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.
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
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.