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.
When it comes to running, core strength is of paramount importance. I have already written extensively about the importance of core training for runners (check the post here) and have shared plenty of workout routines to help you target and strengthen these vitals muscles. Nonetheless, most of the routines I have on my blog tend target most of the muscles of the core, including the glutes, upper abs, lower abs and the obliques. So today, I decided to share a workout routine that’s specific and targets mainly one muscle group: The obliques. As a result, if you are looking for a specialized core routine and/or have weaker obliques (or just looking to achieve more definition and sculpt), the routine I’m sharing with you today is perfect. 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:
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
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...
Resistance bands are usually made of strong, thin, and long rubber with handles at each end, and come in a wide variety of resistance levels, depending on your fitness skill and training goals. You can buy these in line with your fitness level and training goals—in other words, they are easily customized. In my experience, resistance band exercises are one of the best tools you can use to keep strength training when you no longer have access to a gym or just dot want to go there for all personal reasons. Also, stacking dumbells in your living room might be an attractive option.
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.
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.
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
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.