running outdoor has so many benefits. It will keep you sane, healthy and will get you into the best shape of your life. Plus, running outdoors is also awesome for the lungs and a great way to soak up some vitamin D.But it has a dark side. You are out in the open to the elements, grisly people, awful drivers and the unforeseen. So you know that’s not really a safe world out there.The 18 Tips for Safe RunningSafety is paramount, and taking a few precautions will not compromise your running routine. It will in fact invigorate it.
I started doing plyometric training years ago when I discovered it by going through a P90X program, which was one of the defining moments of my fitness life. In fact, Tony Horton has changed my life and the way I see fitness. Drastically.He is an awesome trainer, and I’m really grateful. Always give credit where credit is due.But enough talk about that crazy fit old dude, and let’s delve into plyometric training for runners, which is the main purpose of this blog post.What are plyometrics?“Plyometric training is high-velocity movement that relies on power generated through what is called the “stretch-shortening cycle””. This is the definition I found on the Runner’s World magazine website, and the definition will only leave you feel more perplexed and a bit, intimidated.
Whether you believe it or not, the treadmill can be a runner’s best friend—especially during these harsh winter months when you can’t gather up the motivation to walk or run outside felt victim to the winter too.It ain’t pretty.Although I don’t mind going for a rainy run every...
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the treadmill.In fact, I do my best to avoid it. And I hop on it only when I HAVE to.With that said, there is no denying that this machine has its benefits. It can serve a purpose.In fact, the treadmill...
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 injuriesMost 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:
Long runs must be done. They are the backbone of any running program—from 5ks to ultramarathons.Long runs build endurance and strength and teach you all you need to know about handling and dealing with fatigue on the run. Long runs also help you develop mental toughness needed to tackle long distance races, like half-marathon, marathons and beyond.10 Ways to Enjoy the Long RunHere are 10 ways to make going the distance comfortable—even a enjoyable ride.
today I’m going to share with you some of the methods and strategies that I believe have helped me the most with runners’ knee.By the end of this post you will know all you need about:The exact definition of runners knee and its symptoms, and causes, The best treatment options for runner’s knee, How to get back safely to running after runners knee, and The right preventative measures you can take so you no longer have to endure another (or your first) runner’s knee nightmare. So let’s get the ball rolling…
So you decided to train for your first race. Maybe it’s a 10K, a half marathon or whatever got you going. Anyway, you are determined to run as hard and as fast possible so you can be prepared on the big day.Then after a couple of weeks of training, you start getting plagued by blisters, especially around your arches and your training becomes a “running” hell.Even if you are only running for leisure and fitness, blisters can be a big annoyance. But fret no more. You are not alone. Blisters from running are very common.I know, I had at least two races ruined because of a painful foot blister.So what’s a blister anyway?How Running Blisters Occur
Speaking from personal experience, the practice of yoga has changed my running in so many ways. I became more conscious of my breathing—in fact I owe most of the things I learned about breathing to yoga, specifically Pranayama practice.Yoga also helped me correct some major muscle imbalances in my lower body—so it drastically reduced many of the pains, aches and injuries—including a reoccurring runner’s knee that I struggled with for so many years.Plus, yoga has also helped me improve my running form and times, and shortened the time I needed for recovery between runs significantly.The list goes one and one, and the conclusion is:"Yoga Can help Anyone"The gains in strength and flexibility will eventually translate into pain-free running, and decreasing the risks of injury and trouble. That’s a fact I seen with my own eyes, and something that other runners—and athletes in other fields—have professed.
I can’t emphasize the importance of daily yoga practice—regardless of your current physical fitness level and training goals—but a speaking to you as a runner, hatha Yoga is vital for injury prevention, performance, relaxation and improving health on all facets—physical and mental. Practicing these basic yoga poses will help you stretch out your muscles, improve your posture and prevent running injuries and discomfort. Also, Yoga has balancing effect. While running tightens your muscles up, a regular yoga routine can help you loosen them and help them stay pain-and injury-free Taking the First Steps toward a Runner’s Yoga Practice