Most of us think that exercising, mainly running, is easy because all we need is our running shoe and you’re good to go. However, there are some things that you should know and take note. So, we are here to help you crack some running codes that might be beneficial for you!
1) You gotta know these running lingos
- Form – your posture when running. You should always try to keep your upper body tall yet relaxed and swing the arms forward and back at low 90 degrees.
- Pace – the amount of time it takes to clock one mile.
- Interval training – alternating specific time periods of specific high and low intensity during a run. Intervals are just one way to get faster, build strength and burn more calories
- Rest day – once a week to allow runner’s body to recover and repair
2) You gotta start your day right! By running.
Start your run in the morning. So you won’t feel distracted and will feel energized throughout the day. And the air is definitely so much cooler and fresher in the morning!
3) Don’t forget to stretch
Warming up helps raise the temperature of your body and your muscles so they’ll be ready for exercise and prevent injuries.
4) Yoga is equally as important as running.
You need both of it. Let’s face it, we runners have tight hamstrings, quads, calves, you name it, we got it. Tight muscles restrict our range of motion and often forces us to run with poor form, which may lead to injuries. Yoga allows us to stretch our muscles out, hence improving our flexibility and thus having a better running form.
5) Keep yourself hydrated.
You should take in 4 to 6 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes during your runs. Runners running faster than 8-minute miles should drink 6 to 8 ounces every 20 minutes. But don’t forget your daily dose of 8 cups of water too!
6) Exercise when you’re sick?
Why not! But of course, avoid any strenuous workout. Go out, get some fresh air and do some light exercises to get your body moving! Your hardcore and intense workout sessions gotta wait till your body is ready to go again.
7) Get yourself a running buddy!
I know, its always challenging to get started and you will end up having 101 excuses (like you know.. the weather) and eventually cancel your running plans. So, create an exercise group with your friends. They can be your source of motivation, offer each other moral support, and help one another during difficult times. You know they say, friends who exercise together stays together.
Now that we’ve helped you to decode, you are all set to go and definitely enjoy your running experience to the fullest!