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.
Are you looking to take your running to the next level? Looking for a good way to mix your running workouts and add a new challenge and twist to your training program? Or are you just bored with your regular running routine? Then why not give trail running a try and be one with nature. The fact is, trail running is awesome, and its physical and mental benefits are—beyond the shadow of a doubt—undeniable. Therefore, if you have a been a consistent “city”, on-road kinda of a runner, and are thinking about heading off to the beaten track, then keep on reading. Trail running is simple, but taking your first few steps can be really intimidating. But fret no more. This awesome guide will teach you how to start trail running right, avoid injury or burnout, stay safe for the long haul and make the most out of every trail workout you do. So are you ready to discover the wild soothing side of running? Then here we go… Trail Running Demystified
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:
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to train like a sprinter, then you are in the right place. In today’s post, I’m going to share with you an awesome workout program routine inspired by real life Olympic sprint training. Don’t get me wrong. I’m no Olympic sprinter and have never trained to be one. This whole post is the result of my research and some serious digging into the current Olympic training programs available on the net. So please be careful here. The workout program I’m sharing with you below is quite intense, and if you are not ready for it, you might be setting yourself for injury and burnout. So you have been warned, buddy.
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
High-Intensity Interval Training Defined When it comes to getting the most out of your workout program for fat loss and optimum fitness, high-intensity interval training is the way to go. Hailed by most fitness experts as the closest thing to a training shortcut that produces quick results, HIIT is backed by sound scientific study and countless personal testimonies. The exact defining parameters of HIIT are a bit vague, which is one of the reasons there is so much controversy surrounding the topic. Nonetheless, here is a basic definition to get you started on the right foot. High-intensity interval training involves alternating between intense bursts of anaerobic activity (running, rowing, jump roping, biking, etc.) with periods of moderate or low aerobic activity for recovery.
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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
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 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.
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