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These aren't really ancient rules carved into some stone tablet. There's no handbook with these three rules printed on them you have to sign before lacing up a pair of sneakers. These are my three rules of running.
Here you go:
- Run for yourself Some people run to work on their six pack abs to impress others. Some people run to try and finish in the top five so they can brag to their friends, family, and co-workers. Don't do this. Run because you love to run. Run because you want to be healthy. Run because you want to prove to yourself you can run faster and farther than you ever thought possible.
- Don't run hurt Running is a way to improve your health, not to damage it. If you don't feel right, stop. Don't try and push through the pain. There's a difference between good pain and bad pain, and don't try and fool yourself that the latter is the former. You're only going to put yourself on the sofa for an extended period of time if you try running through an injury.
- Engage with others While this might seem contradictory to rule number one, the idea is simple enough. You can run for yourself while still supporting and seeking the support of others. Just keep a clear head and make sure you can tell the difference between motivation and jealous competition. Working out with others can be a great social bonding experience, and by helping one another you can all improve your fitness and spirit.
There's nothing here that's going to end up on the news or become the foundation of a new philosophy. Its just the way I try to live my life. I hope you find the three rules useful as well.
Here are a few more tips:
Now, lets lace up and run!
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I am more of a long distance runner than I ever was anything short, and I was never a big sprinter. However, I still love watching all the track & field events in the Rio Olympics. This week was especially exciting and motivational.
The other night I had the TV on and was not really paying full attention to the events, and then for some reason I decided to take a break from what I was doing, sit down, and watch the next race. It was the women's 100m hurdles, something I never ever personally ran aside from messing around with a few friends now and then.
Regardless, there were three Americans in it, so I figured what the heck. I might as well watch as its going to be quick anyway. And quick it was.
What was crazy is that for the first time in history, these three American ladies finished the event in first, second, and third place, bringing home all three medals in this one event to America. How amazing!
For the record, their names are
- Nia Ali
- Brianna Rollins
- Kristi Castlin
These are three very special ladies that will surely share this bond for a long time. You can see the three of them together post event here.
I know I was never a star athlete, and as I said before, short races were never my thing, but still I find this to be a very motivational tale. All three of these women worked so hard individually and together to get into this race. Then, they kept working to make sure they all finished in the top spots.
It just shows how much a lot of hard work and dedication can pay off. This is the kind of story that helps get me out of bed early and into my running shoes. Great work ladies!
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Is running not your thing? That's OK. You can still get in shape without even putting rubber to the road. A great way to stay motivated with getting in shape is to have some fun while burning calories. This is especially true if you are severely overweight.
The problem with obesity is much more severe than it looks like. This condition can trigger a lot of health problems. No amount of exercise or diet can equal the effect of a healthy lifestyle. The commitment to exercise regularly, eat healthy, have adequate sleep and staying away from any form of vices will keep you fit and healthy. According to statistics, 24 out of 100 men are obese and 25 out of 100 women have similar issues. Obese individuals have higher risks of cardiac illnesses like hypertension and they are prone to stroke. Obesity can also lead to diabetes, cancer, gout problems, breathing problems, osteoarthritis and gallbladder diseases.
There are many ways to solve obesity issues and one of them implies the use of a trampoline. Obesity is a serious problem among people of various demographics. In Britain for instance, obesity has become the cause of lack of confidence and anxiety. With the use of a trampoline, obesity issues can be addressed without putting a lot of pressure to kids since this appears to be a very fun activity to them, offering portals to release their excess energy at the same time. In fact, studies show that trampolining is an effective way to build the kids’ confidence and increase their courage along the process.
With the advent of today’s video games and social media entertainment, a lot of kids are confined on the chair for long periods of time but trampolining gives them a different avenue to move around and spend their excess calories. Indeed, it is a good exercise option for children, not just to solve obesity but to prevent this from happening. Children by nature are destructive but trampolines can help divert their destructive behavior to a good one.
So, how can a trampoline be used to lose weight? Of course you need to start the routine with a warm up. It can be done by slowly jumping on its surface. Do this for one minute and gradually involve your fist and arms as you progress by punching them to the air. By doing so, your arms will be warmed up as they move and the longer you do this, you will be burning more calories as well. You need to slowly move your muscles until they are ready to exert more, thus preventing possible injury. Just remember to always warm up before starting each session.
Jumping is the basic exercise for trampolining. It will be a vertical elevation that will cause weight loss and the toning of your muscles. Center your feet on the trampoline at the start and spring your legs on a springing motion. Your legs must also be bent and then straighten as you go up. Also, to make the routine more intense, raise your hands when you get up. For adults, 150-300 minutes of moderately intense exercise represent the weekly recommendation. Start with shorter workouts and increase this gradually to 30 minutes to an hour of session.
Lastly, make sure that you choose the best trampolines in 2018 so that you can make the most out of the benefits that you can get from this device.
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You know I love running, but every professional athlete has to change their training regime to try and reach their maximum potential. What I mean is that you cannot only do or play your sport to try and get better. You have to train in other ways as well.
Basketball players don’t only play basketball. They have strength and conditioning programs that help them improve their ability to meet the physical demands that playing basketball requires. Football, soccer, and even professional fighting does the same thing.
Why shouldn’t runners?
Here are some ideas for mixing up your workout routines.
Swing an Axe
That’s right. There are some great outdoors exercises that help put a little lean muscle on while working your cardio. One of my favorites is helping to split firewood when I’m out at a family cabin.
Even though you only need to wood in the fall and winter, it’s a task you can do all year long. You also don’t need a lot of extra equipment to do it, which is nice on your wallet.
If you don’t already have one, you’re going to need to get a splitting maul or axe. You don’t need to get the best splitting axe money can buy unless you plan on becoming a professional lumberjack, but get something that won’t fall apart.
Then, you simply learn the swing, and get to work. If you’ve never done anything like this before, you’ll be surprised how winded you get, and much of a full body workout it is.
Instead of going from point A to point B horizontally, try a new challenge- go up!
That’s right, rock climbing is another great way to put on some lean muscle without the fear of getting bulky, while working on your cardio.
You can do this outdoors, or indoors at a rock climbing gym like this one if you’re more of a city person.
It does require a little gear and a partner to make sure you’re safe, but it’s so much fun it might replace running as your number one workout or sport.
Dance, Dance, Baby
That’s right. You can help get your running body into shape and have a lot of fun at the same time.
There’s nothing wrong with cutting up the rug, and it’s great for your cardio. Certain types of dance like salsa really work your wind.
You of course don’t need to go the super formal rout and just hitting a club with your friends now and then is great too, but don’t get too crazy with the spirits as that might counter anything healthy you’re doing.
The great thing about this type of activity is it’s something you can do almost anywhere and you really don’t need any special equipment, other than some nice clothes if you’re going out.
As you can see, whether you are in the city or country, or whether you’re an outdoors person or prefer indoor settings, there are plenty of ways to improve your running game without just trying to run more. Even better, you can have a blast while doing them.
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I love to run. I love the repetitive impact of the ground underneath my feet when I find my perfect pace. I love the wind in my face. And, I love pushing through the wall.
But, as great as running is, I don’t feel it’s a good idea to make it your only source of exercise. I think building up your strength is probably beneficial as well.
The problem is that since my first love is long distance running, I don’t want to be some giant Olympic power lifting. I want to have a stronger body, but I don’t want to sacrifice my “runner’s frame.”
What kind of strength training can I do that isn’t going to cause me to bulk up and cause me problems? The quick answer to that is body weight exercises.
When I only use my body as the resistance part of strength training, I don’t have to worrying about doing anything that would lead to an unusual or unbalanced frame. It’s actually very natural.
Here are 3 of the most common, and most useful:
Almost everyone know what a push up is. It’s probably the most commonly known exercise everywhere. But, what makes it great for runners is that push ups really focus on your core.
Sure, your arms and chest get work too, but in order to keep that plank position through each set, you need a strong firm core. So, while you are working your arms, you are also working you abs.
This also hits your back and shoulders a little too, which as anyone who has any long distance run experiences knows, is actually kind of important too.
You can start the position from your knees at first, and then go to your toes when you are most comfortable. And, remember to take the first few days easy, as your body might not be used to working certain muscle groups.
Pull ups are another great body weight exercise for runners. It’s another primarily upper body exercise, but it also targets the core. If you don’t believe me, just try to do one. You’ll feel just how quickly your abs engage.
There are two problems though that pull ups have that push up do not.
The first is that they are much harder to do. You might just hang there struggling to even get one pull up. But, don’t give up. Over time you’ll do better and better.
The other problem is you need a piece of equipment. If you belong to a gym, they should have a place to do them. If you don’t you can always get a bar for your doorway so you can do them at home. They are fairly inexpensive, so you won’t be out much money.
Although they are tough, this is one exercise you shouldn’t skip.
The squat has made a comeback over the past few years. With many women looking to increase the size of the butt, the squat is all over YouTube.
This is another exercise you do not need to use any kind of weights with to see benefits. It’s great for your thighs and of course as already stated, your read end.
The fact that squats work your legs makes it great for running. And, by skipping the weights, it won’t slow your down or kill your endurance. In fact, it should give you a little more kick.
I have started adding all three of these to my weekly routine, and I think as the winter months approach, now is the perfect time to do so. I am really excited to see how my body develops over the next six months.