runner trying to lose weight but he keeps gaining pounds
Running is the best thing you can do to help you lose weight and keep it off for good. If truth be told, the reason why I started running in the first place was to lose weight, and chances you’ve started (or thinking about it) for similar reasons. Scores of new fitness nuts take up running because, mostly, they want to lose weight. Nonetheless, and as I have learned the hard way, running does not always lead to weight loss. This is a hard one to swallow…
runner making Diet Mistake
Running and proper nutrition goes hand in hand when it comes to improving performance, losing weight, and enhancing overall fitness and health levels. A proper running diet will help you boost performance, prevent electrolytes imbalances and hydration, increase energy, fix GI distress issues, and optimize recovery so you are reaching your running best. There is no way around it. With that said, it pains me to say that I see runners make some serious diet mistakes that end up costing them a lot, compromising their training effectiveness and results—for both the short term and long term. In fact, for many a runner, nutrition is the missing link in their training. So what are these mistakes? And how can you fix them? Read on for the answers…
runner on a beach
If you want to become the best runner you can be—whether it’s beating a personal record, tackling a new distance or losing the extra pounds for good—then one of the best things you can do is to cultivate the habits of successful and effective runners. As a result, today I’m going to identify some of the essential habits shared by efficient and highly motivated runners.
runner performing Hip Flexors Stretche
First things first, hip flexors are a group of skeletal muscles located in the upper thighs and the pelvis region, linking the legs to the pelvis. These muscles connect the thigh bone—known as the femur—to the pelvis. The primary hip flexor muscles are the psoas major and the iliacus— collectively known as the iliopsoas, which is usually the weakest of all of the muscles. Other hip flexor muscles include the sartorius, tensor fascia latae, and rectus femoris. The Functions These powerful muscles are used in every stride when walking, running, and sprinting. Some of the main functions of hip flexors include:
tired runner after being chased by a dog lol
Imagine yourself enjoying a run on the trails or around the neighborhood when, and out of nowhere, a hostile dog runs up to you at light speed with fangs barred and bad intentions. Do you know what you should do? If your answer is no, then keep on reading… An Encounter of A Doggy Kind As much as I love dogs—and all animals for that matters—I don’t really like being chased, or attacked, by them while running. In fact, dogs can be a runner’s worst nightmare when they go on the offense.
woman starting a run
Want to know how to run like a pro runner? If your answer is yes, then keep on reading… Why should you consider training like a pro? The fact is, if you are serious about reaching your full potential, you’ll need to imitate the strategies of those on top—no need to reinvent the wheel. By training like a pro runner, you’ll be able, without a shadow of a doubt, to achieve your running best.
runner doing cycling workout
In today’s post, I’m sharing with the beginner’s runner guide to cycling for cross-training.   By the end of this guide, you’ll learn: The Benefits of Cycling for Runners Cycling Vs. Running Muscles Beginners Gear Guide To Cycling How to Cycle the safe way? Should you try a spinning class? How to Improve your Cycling technique How to Combine Running and Cycling The Best Cycling Workouts for Runners Therfore, I encourage you to give cycling a try—especially after you get acquainted with the many benefits that cycling has to offer runners, and how simple it is to start biking. I hope you’ll find them useful and simple enough.
Running terms explained
Today I have compiled an extensive list of more than 150 words you might encounter in the running world and tried to explain each and one of them in the simplest and clearest ways I could. And please, if you think I’m missing out a couple of terms or more, feel free to share them in the comment section, or shoot me an e-mail. I will be glad to talk to you, and hopefully, learn something new.
Oblique Exercises
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…
HIIT Workouts for runners
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.