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Runner’s Body: The Nutrients You Need To Perfect Your Stride

No two bodies are the same, therefore it’s natural that our dietary needs are unique to the individual. For example, women’s nutrition is different to men’s because their bodies require different amounts of vitamins and minerals to perform their functions. The same is true between runners and non-runners. Once you take up this intense activity, you need to adjust your diet to make sure you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to perform well. If you keep eating the same diet as before, you’re likely not consuming enough nutrients and your runner’s stride will never improve. Here is the right diet to boost your energy levels.

 

Vitamin B12

Taking 2.4 mg per day can help runners break down the fat and protein you eat for the energy you need to get through a workout. It also assists in forming new red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the body. Deficiency can lead to a type of anemia—and fatigue. The best sources of vitamin B12 are liver, fish, meat, and eggs, which unfortunately means that strict vegetarians and vegans are at a higher risk for deficiency. Fortunately, there are supplements like methylcobalamin or cyanocobalamin which can be taken to fill the nutritional gaps. Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements.

Calcium

Runners put a lot of stress on their bodies, and as a result they are at risk of stress fractures and other running injuries. Therefore, you need to make sure your bones are strong and healthy before you start running. Most people start taking calcium supplements, some of which are made from limestone or marble. However, AlgaeCal Plant Calcium Clinical Evidence suggests that plant based calcium supplements are more effective at filling in the calcium deficiency gaps, and they don’t have side effects like cramps, bloating, nausea and blocked arteries, but still help strengthen bones. Always consult your doctor about which supplements would be best for you.  That said, you’re still better off getting calcium from your food. One cup of milk packs about 30 percent of your daily value, although fortified almond, or cashew milk offer a more impressive 45 percent. You can also get calcium from tofu, spinach, and chia seeds.

Iron

Some studies suggest that up to 50 percent of female runners are deficient in iron. This is extremely dangerous because the iron in your blood is essential for getting oxygen to your muscles; this deficiency can lead to poor performance while running, headaches, dizziness, and less enthusiasm for running. If you experience a decline in performance and feel exhausted more than usual, get a blood test to check your iron levels. While you could take a supplement, you need to increase the amount of red meat and iron-rich vegetables in your diet. If you’re still deficient after your diet change, your doctor will put you on the appropriate supplement; you should never try to put yourself on an iron supplement. You should also try taking Vitamin C to help your body absorb the iron.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Guest Post: The Power Of Running For Your Body And Mind

Everyone knows running is a great way to get into shape. It’s not a secret! But do you know that running can also benefit your mind? Have you ever wondered how running influences your brains? If you haven’t now it’s the time to realize the benefits of running for your body and mind.

So, let’s start… How does running influence your body and brain?

Stimulate Memory and Learning System

People who prefer to sit on the sofa instead of morning run can’t show off a good memory and learning as their brains are slowly dying away. Fit people and those who like exercising have a better ability to concentrate, solve different memory test better and combine multiple tasks easier.

Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Help with Depression

When you run, your body produces endorphin. This hormone improves your mood and health. Endorphin allows your body to lower your stress levels, anxiety, improve your sleep and eliminate depression.

Stop Deterioration of Brains with Age

With aging, the human brain can begin to deteriorate but running prevents or reverses this process as it affects brain chemicals. Running boosts the production of new nerve cells and blood vessels within the brain that’s why the runners’ brains have better metabolic efficiency and getting old later than non-athletes’.

Help to Burn Calories

Running is considered as one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep in shape. It is a unique type of exercise as you can burn calories not only when you work out but also and after training. Such effect is called “afterburn”.

Prevent Disease

Research shows that running is a nice way to increase your overall level of health and it means that running helps to reduce or prevent the risk of disease. While you’re running the level of good cholesterol in your blood raises. As a result, the lung function of your body increases, you enhance your immune system and the risk of developing blood clots becomes lower.

Make Your Heart Stronger

One more useful characteristic of running is the ability to take care of your heart health. Regular runs are the best prevention of heart disease. Running has the magic impact to your health. It can reduce the risk of heart attack, lower resting heart rate and reduce blood pressure.

Strengthen Your Bones

Running also helps to strengthen your bone health. If somebody says that running damages your bones don’t trust this person. The repeated impact on your bones and joints during your regular runs makes to build thick calcium layers in the bones and they gradually get stronger.

Prolong Your Life

It is no big secret that people who exercise at least 30 minutes, five times a week live longer than those who lead passive lifestyle. When you start running you give up bad habits, you promote your health and don’t allow your brain to age. Of course, all this helps you to extend your life.

Here you’ve read about the best benefits of running. As you see running can be considered as a universal workout as it useful both for your physical and mental health. How has running improved your body and mind? Please, share your thoughts with us.

Written by: Helen Rogers – http://thecrossfitshoes.com/

Avoiding Nasty Workout Injuries

Exercising is a great way to boost your overall fitness, but it isn’t always positive. There is a dark side of working out, and it is known as suffering an injury. Simply put, exercising places the body under a lot of physical strain, and the stresses can cause things to snap. When they do, it’s painful and very damaging to your health. Thankfully, they are avoidable as long as you follow a few simple rules. Even better, you can find a selection of them underneath.

Stretch Sufficiently

There is a difference between stretching and holding the stretch to give your muscles ample time to warm up. If you’re doing it as an afterthought, there is a good chance of an injury occurring. For starters, there needs to be enough strain to get the blood pumping around the body. The increased blood flow should heighten the muscles’ temperatures, and that will boost flexibility. Hopefully, this will be enough to prevent any unnecessary strain while you exercise. As a rule, there isn’t a one-size fit all policy regarding time, but 20-30 seconds is usually suitable. Also, don’t forget to target as many muscles as possible. The more you leave out, the higher the chance of a tear or sprain.

Cool Down

Almost everyone will warm up before working out, yet they won’t cool down. Now, copying the professionals is enough to put anyone off a cool down for life. The last thing you want is to jump in an ice bath after a ten-mile slog. However, their recovery process is a lot more advanced, and you don’t need to follow suit. In truth, a five to ten-minute walk which includes a couple of stretches should suffice. All you’re looking to do is replace the oxygen debt and lactic acid in your body. If they are present the next time you exercise, they could lead to a lot of pain.

Take PT Classes

‘PT’ stands for physical therapy and it might be the difference between substantial damage and staying injury free. You should know that PT isn’t only for people who need to recover from an injury. In fact, lots of people use it to avoid one in the first place as a weekly session acts as a safety net. The best physical therapist establishments all take on pre and post care patients, so there is no need to wait until it’s too late. The people that get ahead of it tend to avoid the nasty injuries which can sideline you for weeks and months.

Don’t Overload

In your quest to get fit, there is the temptation to take on too much work. Because having a rest day doesn’t feel productive, you might want to exercise every day. Although it’s commendable, it isn’t smart. Injuries happen because of wear and tear over time. By working out more, you’re increasing the tension that you put on the body.

The best option is to train hard over the course of a week, but take a rest day in between sessions. After all, the body needs to take a break too.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

An Essential Guide to Exercise and Illness

Whether it’s figuring out to what extent exercise can prevent illness, or to what extent illness prevents exercise, it’s important for fitness fans to know more about the connections between the two. It’s essential that you speak to your doctor about specific concerns, of course! But this guide to exercise and illness will help you get to grips with some of the basics.

Boosting the Immune System

The immune system and exercise have a strange and fascinating relationship. It’s also one that’s widely misunderstood. If you want to ensure you get the most out of your exercise when it comes to dealing with illnesses, it’s best that you get to grips with some of the basics. Research has shown that regular exercise can definitely boost the immune system in the long run; those who work out three times a week or so tend to get sick less often. But if you have a really vigorous, heavy-duty, long-lasting workout? Then your immune system may be temporarily weakened. This is why so many marathon runners feel ill within 72 hours of their performance!

Above and Below the Neck

So if you’re feeling ill, should you exercise? There are a few things to consider here. For many people, there’s a particularly useful gauge: if your symptoms are above the neck, then you’re probably good to go. If it’s below the neck, you should take it easy and avoid exercise. Some may find that above-the-neck symptoms prevent them from exercising unless they take something to ease the symptoms; here are a couple remedies that may help. Below-the-neck symptoms tend to include aches, muscle weakness, fever, and problems with the lungs and stomach. Exercising with such issues may make things a lot worse.

Exercise as a cure?

Some may argue that exercise will help you cure your illness faster. Because of the relationship between exercise and the immune system, this may seem to make sense – but it’s a specious argument. Certainly, a brisk walk can help expand your lungs and make breathing easier if your illness is making that difficult. But, in general, there’s no real science behind the idea of exercising so much that you help force the illness away, as though exercise were some sort of exorcism and illness merely a demon! Put focus on exercise when you’re not feeling unwell, and reduce the intensity of your workout if you are unwell – or, again, consider avoiding it altogether if the symptoms are below the neck.

The Dangers of Stress

Another strange but well-documented biological relationship? Stress and illness. Long-term stress isn’t simply a psychological problem, the way most people see it. Stress manifests itself physically, which is precisely why it’s so bad for your health in the long term. Specifically, it can play havoc with your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness and even exacerbating the symptoms if you do get ill. Something similar can be said for depression. Exercise helps relieve both of these problems, which is partly why it’s so good for long-term immunity boosting. If your illness is being exacerbated by either, then consider some light exercise to help banish them.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Run Away From These Common Running Injuries

Even though running is a great way to improve your fitness and stay fit, it also runs the risk of certain injuries. Most of the time, it is beginner runners who end up injuring themselves as they are inexperienced and don’t take things like warming up as seriously as they should do. This problem isn’t just one for beginners, though – some experts believe that around 79% of runners end up taking some time off from their training schedules.

So, if you don’t want to end up with an injured leg for a month or so, it’s important that you are careful with your running. To make sure you look after yourself when you are out pounding the streets, here is everything you need to know in order to prevent any running injuries.

Always Warm Up And Cool Down

No matter what kind of sport you do, it is always necessary to warm up and cool down. Whether you are going to shoot some hoops in a basketball match or are going to the gym to do a fitness class, you always need to get your muscles ready for action. And this is also the case with running. Ideally, your warm-up session should involve some light cardio and stretches, but it shouldn’t be too strenuous. After all, you don’t want to use up all of your energy before you have even started your main exercise! After you have been for your run, you then need to cool down. This is necessary as it can help your heart rate and breathing come back to their regular rates. Not only that, though, but it will also prevent any blood from pooling in your muscles. If you fail to warm up and cool down, then you are increasing the chance of straining yourself and pulling a muscle. Not cooling down enough will also help save you from any cramp and painful muscles after your run.

Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard

When many beginners take up running, they often find it difficult to figure out what their ideal pace is. As a result, they can often run way too fast, which can be too much for their muscles to take. It is very important to start off slowly so that you know your muscles can cope with the impact and pressure. Once you get used to a pace and start to find it too slow, you can slowly increase your speed. It is also crucial to increase your weekly mileage very slowly as well. Before you do increase your mileage and speed, you need to correctly prepare the body for all the extra stress. This means you need to work on your cardio to ensure that you are up for all the extra aerobic activity. But you also need to concentrate on your muscles as well. Otherwise, you could end up pulling a muscle or developing shin splints. One general rule of thumb is to increase your mileage by 10%. Then, once you are comfortable with this increase, you can continue to increase it by a further 10%. If you struggle to work out how much 10% is, you might find it useful to download a running app. There are many that have training plans for beginners and aim to get them running 10 kilometers within a set period of time.

Get The Right Gear

Did you know that your running shoes could be the cause of your running injuries? There are certain ones that are considered the best running shoes for women, and it is worth looking through these to find a pair. But you also need to make sure that the pair you choose are suitable for the way you run. When we run, we each have a slightly different gait which causes us to each land on our feet differently. It’s important that your pair of running shoes cushions and support the part of your foot that takes the most stress from hitting the floor. For example, if you tend to land on your heel, you should get some shoes that have plenty of support in the heel and ankle of the shoe. Whereas you will need a shoe that is well supported in the front half if you tend to land toe-first. Running in the wrong type of shoe will increase your chance of suffering from shin splints. These develop after repeated stress on the shins, and cause shooting pain up the legs. They often result in runners taking a month off running to let their shins heal.

Improve Your Flexibility

You might think that just concentrating on running will help your performance when you are out on the track. Makes sense, right? But, in actual fact, you should also do some exercising that will help to improve and maintain your flexibility. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make sure you stretch every day. However, you will need to do some physical activity before you do your stretching as stretching cold muscles could cause them to strain. Simply jogging on the spot for 20 seconds will be enough to warm the muscles up for a stretch. Lots of runners also find that taking regular Yoga and Pilates classes are also very useful for improving flexibility. Keeping flexible won’t just reduce your risk of injuries, but it will also help to improve your overall performance as well.

Work On Your Strength

As well as flexibility, you should also work on your body’s strength. That’s because an improved strength will help your muscles to work for longer and harder without going into a state of fatigue. And that means they will be better protected against common injuries such as strains and tears. One of the main mistakes some runners make when they are working on their strength is to just improve the strength in their legs. Even if these are the main muscles you use while running, you should still aim to improve your core and arm muscle strength as well. If you don’t already do any strength training, you might like to try weightlifting and plyometrics.

Get Your Gait Analyzed

I’ve already touched on the fact that we all have different gaits when we run. This affects how we land on our feet while running, and, unfortunately, a poor gait can sometimes lead to injuries. Thankfully, there is something you can do about this! As well as making sure that you have the correct footwear, as already mentioned, you should also see about getting a formal gait analysis. During this analysis, a running expert will watch you run on a treadmill and see how your body moves. From this, they will be able to advise you on the best type of shoes you should wear. They will also be able to provide you with some orthotic inserts for your shoes if they think that they can help you during your runs. They might also be able to provide you with some advice that can help you improve your posture while you run. Changing your posture can significantly change the balance of weight in your body while you run, which can help you land better on your feet.

Stay Well Hydrated During Training

Another reason why runners end up damaging their body is that they don’t drink enough water before and during their runs. This is especially important on hot days as the body can easily succumb to heat exhaustion when it is put under physical stress. For the best results, you need to start hydrating your body at least two hours before you go out to run. Experts then agree that you should aim to take in about 8 ounces of water during the run. Your body will also need plenty of fluids once you have finished exercising so that it can rehydrate. For this most reason, most professionals aim to drink a pint of water within an hour of completing their workout. This is something that amateur runners should aim to do as well.

Remember To Rest

Resting is just as important as the exercising itself! In fact, if you don’t factor in enough rest days into the week, you could end up pushing your body beyond its limits and might end up suffering from injuries. For beginner runners, you should have at least three rest days each week. Once your body starts to develop and gets used to your training sessions, you can then start to take just two rest days a week. These rest days are crucial as it gives your body time to recover from all of the strenuous exercise that it has been though. This is also the time when your muscles get stronger, so if you don’t rest up enough, you might find that there is very little improvement in your overall running performance.

Running injuries are extremely frustrating and, in some extreme cases, they can end up to be quite serious indeed. But if you remember all of this great advice while you are out running, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Guest Post: How to Minimize Irritation If You’re Working Out with Allergies

Exercising can feel like a hassle with a busy office schedule, a family and a social life to maintain; let alone if you have to deal with annoying allergy symptoms. Which can turn even your best days at the gym into a total disaster. A runny nose, incessant sneezing, coughing and wheezing if you’re lucky enough to suffer from allergy-induced asthma; all contribute to an increased feeling of exhaustion and destroyed. Here’s some tips to help ease irritation if you’re working out with allergies.

However, to avoid skipping another training session or missing that PR; you can take many precautions and make the most of each one of your workouts.

What’s your kryptonite?

With spring and summer quickly setting up camp; they bring a whole range of allergens your immune system can react to during the day. Most people, unfortunately, are unsure which irritants in the air are the primary culprits of their troubles, so it’s highly advisable that you check what your system is most sensitive to and at which time of day are you most exposed to it whether you’re outside or exercising indoors.

Pollen, dust, mold, animal hair, cigarette smoke, and various plant-based irritants are the most common causes, some of which can trigger any allergic reaction such as a severe asthma attack, or only bug you with persistent sniffles and watery eyes. Either way, narrowing down your most likely perpetrator will help you determine the best exercise routine; as well as the most suitable place to work out during allergy season.

What’s your magic potion?

The perfect set of circumstances that allows you to perform and feel your best during your workout needs to be based on the right environment, medication, nutrition and rest. Limiting your exposure to allergens with the help of an air purifier for dust and other irritants, introducing plenty of greenery in your home and switching to a diet that is based on anti-inflammatory foods will all help you reduce your symptoms significantly.

Moreover, consulting your doctor will help you learn which medication is most suitable for your symptoms and your health condition; to avoid the potential side-effects, such as sleepiness, and increase your quality of life during allergy season. You might also have to adapt your routine so that it is less strenuous on your respiratory system, and resort to other activities; such as swimming (but ideally not in water teeming with chlorine), yoga, or moderate weight training in a clean gym.

Be Prepared

Despite your best efforts, some days will be more challenging than others; to adapt your weekly training plan, you should check the weather forecast on a regular basis for perfect workout situations. Such as right after the rain. Pollen is usually quickly dispersed when the wind blows; while rain can wash away most of it, and leave a bountiful of fresh air for your lungs to enjoy and use for a workout.

Limiting your exposure to allergens with pure indoor air, regular showers to wash off the irritants from your skin, and an adapted schedule to boost your performance when the risk of irritation is lowest will help you not only minimize your symptoms, but also take full control of your workouts and do your best no matter what your fitness forte might be.

While it can be challenging to continue your workout regime uninterrupted during the allergy season; you can manage your symptoms with the help of these guidelines, stay fit and enjoy your training as much as possible. Your fitness goals should not suffer due to a setback such as your allergies; on the contrary – use them to fuel your desire to overcome your limitations, outgrow your current mindset, and with their help, become a better, stronger athlete!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Runners High: Body Maintenance Tips To Keep You Running Healthier, For Longer

Running is a favorite pastime of many of us who like to keep fit and in shape. It’s arguably one of the oldest human exercises. Early humans used to catch their animal prey through ‘persistence hunting,’ which is basically running with such endurance towards a sprinting animal to the point where they had no stamina left to flee. Pretty morbid right? It’s still seriously impressive when you think about it.

It’s no wonder so many humans run so well, from both sprint and endurance perspectives. We’re bipedal creatures, and that means that we’re used to running and moving forward during our daily lives. It’s arguable that runners replicate the natural exercise pathways available to us since we began to walk upright. Anyone who runs is taking part in a tradition thousands of years old.

However, over time, our body can accumulate wear and tear, and this might make even the most productive and celebrated running career get cut off early. There are ways around this, however. With a few tips grounded in running foresight, we can be sure that we’ll be sufficiently healthy to keep our exercise passion going as long as we can.

Adequate Footwear

You need to wear supportive, well-fitting shoes that will protect you from all surfaces of a road. Some people prefer to wear form-fitting toe running shoes because they more naturally approximate the running cadence and foot angles that a barefoot run would provide. Whatever you enjoy the most, there’s no escaping the need for good footwear.

The Correct Running Program

This is the time to get sensible. You might have been deeply inspired by the ‘persistence hunting’ approach discussed above, and this might have led you to leave your house, buy some running shoes, and return to the second point in this article. It’s unlikely, but you never know. However, this gung-ho attitude can hurt you in the long run when it comes to identifying what workout plan you want to embark on. If you’re a beginner, throwing yourself into a long track run can actually hurt you more than help you. Running is a fairly demanding exercise on your bones and joints, and especially if your body isn’t conditioned to stress. Choose a great beginners program like Couch 2 5k if you want to begin the most effectively. You’ll actually see better results this way than through any other running method, thanks to the emphasis on recovery and recuperation this workout possesses.

Taking Care of Physical Issues

You can’t run effectively if you have health issues affecting your cadence or balance. If you have issues with your feet or ankles, it’s worth using a service like ashton podiatry to help professional correct these flaws, and then taking their advice at how long you can expect to wait before running becomes a beneficial endeavor once more.

Breathing and Posturing Tips

It can be tempting to slouch when you’re exhausted nearing the end of your run, but this harms your ability to breath effectively and can harm your body’s tension which is needed to maintain a good running cadence. Keep your shoulders up, your arms swinging freely, and your pace good. Lift up your chest and chin to look right ahead of you, and breath into your stomach. This will help you keep your body in peak performance mode than can help even the most painful running ‘walls’ become nothing but temporary phenomena. The runner’s high awaits on the other side.

Be sure that with these tips, your running career will be a fruitful and beautiful one. There’s no better way to explore your local area and celebrate the joy of life.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Embarrassing Issues You May Face as a Runner

No one could argue that running is a great exercise that benefits the majority of people who take it up, but if you’ve been running for a while, you’ll know that the activity isn’t without its embarrassing little problems, those things we’d rather not discuss. Well, I’m going to break with tradition and talk about them right now! I think it’s important that we get those embarrassing issues out there, not so more people are put off from running, but so they know what to expect and so us regular runners lose out embarrassment about them.
So, without further ado, here are some of the most embarrassing issues you may face as a runner:

A Leaky Bladder

Ladies who run can sometimes experience leaky bladder issues, particularly if they have given birth at any time in the past. They’ll be running along at a fine place when all of a sudden they notice that their shorts are wet!

The most common causes of a leaky bladder in runners are weakened pelvic muscles, which means that regular Kegel exercises are the best solution to this particular problem. However, if you happen to be overweight and you suffer from a leaky bladder when running, dropping a few pounds (running will help you with that) is also a good idea as it will take pressure off your bladder.

Diarrhea

A lot of runners also suffer from the very embarrassing problem of diarrhea when they’re out pounding the pavements, but it’s so common that you shouldn’t let it fluster you too much if it happens to you.

There are a number of causes of runner’s diarrhea including lactose intolerance and IBS, which can be worsened by exercise. Alternatively, it might be that you are dehydrated during your runs. Steering clear of high-fiber foods and drinking plenty of water before your workout could help you to prevent this particular issue.

Bleeding Nipples

You’re running along when all of a sudden your nipples start to hurt and your shirt turns an unsettling shade of crimson it’s happened to many a runner, usually male and it’s cause is a simple one; the friction between nipples and clothing when running chafes the nipples causing them to become raw. This can be prevented by applying Vaseline to the nipples, wearing a well-fitting sports bra and even using band-aids or nipple guards to protect the area and prevent significant pain.

Hemorrhoids

There are few conditions that have the ability to embarrass people more than hemorrhoids, and unfortunately, runners who have recently given birth or experienced diarrhea are at greater risk of the condition than average. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to prevent hemorrhoids from occurring, but treating them with an effective medication like Venapro and seeing your doctor if symptoms persist is vital when you notice the condition and if it continues to cause you problems.

Excess Sweating

Running and sweating go together like peanut butter and jelly, but some people seem to sweat much more than others, particularly in the armpits, feet and hand areas. Sweating helps the body to cool down, which is why you tend to sweat a lot when you’re running, but you can minimize the amount you sweat by wearing a string antiperspirant and moisture wicking clothes.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Guest Post – Sprint Workout: How to Maintain Muscle and Still Lose Fat

When you are sprinting, you always feel accomplished even if the sprint lasts for a split-second. Sprinting is one of the most intense workouts known by man. Olympic sprinters are capable of covering a distance of 100 meters in less than 10 seconds meaning that they output a lot of energy, concentration, and power.

Sprinting is a great workout strategy for persons looking to burn fat but maintain their muscle mass. Although it does not burn a lot of calories within the short period of the actual work, it is an effective fat-burning exercise after the workout.

Sprinting stimulates your metabolism level on a great scale and therefore after the sprint, your body burns a lot of calories and fat for close to some hours after the intense sprinting workout is over. Here we look at the basics of sprint workout and its effectiveness in helping you lose fat but maintain muscle.

Why is Sprinting Considered an Effective Workout?

Sprinting is effective in maintaining the muscle mass in your body and losing fat due to its nature of being a power-based workout. When sprinting, you make use of all your three energy systems i.e. aerobic, glycolytic and anaerobic.

Sprinting is considered as an effective workout as it not only burns fat in your body effectively but also pushes you to your absolute mental and physical limits. It requires you to fully focus on the workout at hand and push through the oxygen deprivation and muscular fatigue thereby making you become a powerful athlete in the end.

Important Instructions for Your Sprint Workout Sessions

Before starting on your sprint workout, it is essential to take part in a thorough warm up. This is very important as it prepares you both physically and mentally for the training session ahead while decreasing the chances of suffering from injuries. Here is an important guide to follow when warming up:

  • Low-intensity Cardio: You should have a CrossFit jump rope that you should use for jumping for about 4-5 minutes in order to break a sweat. Jogging could be another great alternative for a great warm up session.
  • Precise Sprint Drills — you should perform a series of skips (power skip, side skip, and front skip), lunges (stationary or walking) as well as leg swings (side-to-side and front/back). You can do these sprint-specific drills for about 4 — 5 minutes.
  • Accelerations and Plyometrics — you can do some light plyometrics like squat jacks, high knees, and skater hops as well as 10, 20 or 30-meter accelerations again for about 4 — 5 minutes.

Your warm up sessions are geared towards activating your body muscles and sharpening the reaction time in order to generate speed in a quick and safe manner. After warming up for 15 minutes, you will be ready for the sprints.
Sprint Workout

It’s possible to choose your preferred number of sets to take part in for an effective sprint workout. Here are some sets that can be used in a sprint workout:

– Four sets where you cover a distance of 40 meters at 95%, walk back to where you started and do another sprint. The sets should be done after every two minutes before taking a five-minute rest after doing all the four sets.

– A single set of 400 meters, where you should sprint as fast as you possibly can before taking a two-minute rest.

– Four sets of 100-meter strides where you take easy strides and cool down before walking back to the starting point for another set.

You can jog for half a mile and stretch a bit as a form of cooling down. Beginners should sprint once a week but athletes can do it twice in a week.

Other Ways of Burning More Fat and Maintaining Muscle

Apart from sprinting, you should also incorporate weight lifting in your workout program. Investing in a good Olympic weight bench will be important in ensuring you lift weights safely. Lifting heavy weights and sprinting very fast increases your body’s fat mobilization as well as muscle maintenance.

It is important to chart your progress in the weight room to note any reduction in strength as it could point towards a probable muscle loss. You can also invest in the best treadmill to build up your sprinting power and speeds for an effective sprint workout.

Tips to Becoming a Sprint Workout Pro

In order to become a pro in sprint workout, you ought to start slowly with shorter distances and work your way up. At the beginning, you should take adequate time to rest but as you get better the rest period should be decreased slowly. Sprint for the shortest period of time at your best speeds since it will be more effective than sprinting for long but at a less velocity.

References

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http://www.builtlean.com/2016/05/09/sprint-workout-burn-fat/

http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/how-to-lose-fat-without-losing-muscle/

Guest Post: Running Tips For Beginners

The beginning is always the hardest. But once you start you’ll forget how hard it was. Almost all runners have similar stories from their beginnings: they almost died in the first two hundred meters, and then it happened by chance that (considering that they are still feeling alright) they become long-distance runners, and today those moments remember with a smile on their faces. Whether you start in order to lose weight, be active, you want to do something about physical activity, or because of something else, running is the simplest, most natural and least expensive way to secure yourself a permanent good feeling. Here are some tips for this.

Start with walking and short running

Do not go fast because you will burn more quickly. Here’s a rule – slowly but surely. In this way, you prepare your body in a collision and at a certain point, you will feel when it is time to run. This will also keep you from injuries. Start with a slow addition of running to your walk. Walk four or five minutes, then add running to walking, but so that every time you refresh while you walk. Even those experienced runners are recommended to introduce parts with walking.

Listen to your body – what does it say?

Once you learn to listen to your body, you become a coach to yourself. It’s completely normal to feel pain or fatigue in the muscles, but take care when or if during or after running experience mild dizziness, pain in the chest, legs or back happen. In this case, continue to walk or stop training and rest until the pain stops. Over time you will learn to listen to the signals your body sends, when it’s time to stop, and when you can continue. You will have to pay more attention to what you eat. Some habits might have to change. Make sure you are eating light and healthy meals which are in accordance with your new physical activity.

Slower at the start – faster at the end

It is important to slowly build the base, your pace, and you will quickly get to full enjoyment in running that will later be easy. To ensure yourself a constant progress, it is better to run three to four times a week for 30 minutes rather than two hours twice a week. And that is why it is important to have a proper plan that will gradually lead you to larger distances and build your tempo. When you finish training, and you say to yourself “maybe I could have a little more” – it’s a sign that you’re running the right pace.

Heating and cooling

Heating is important because with that you are sending a clear message to your body that it is preparing for physical activity. The heart and legs are getting ready to move. Ideal heating is when you run a little bit, and then walk, and so on for a few minutes. When you are finished with your workout, do not stop suddenly, but slow down completely, and end up by walking. Be sure to stretch. Heating and cooling are important because those reduce muscle pain and possible infection, and in that way, the whole body constantly works to prevent injuries.

Set a goal and watch your real success each day

Having a goal in most cases is a safe way to persevere. If you specify the goals and timeframes, you have a clear time vision, a clear motivation, and responsibility towards yourself and your given word. You open a circle which, when you close it, brings you an amazing feeling of your own achievements. With that, you will find yourself in one of the best and most important project which aims to: health, good feeling, self-confidence, self-management, sometimes a team work, some weight loss, a change, new experiences and new people.

Change the surface where you run

Runners usually have a strictly defined path where they run. The best solution for a beginner is to simply change the running tracks. Soft surfaces are not always the best. Treadmills seem softer and therefore safer, but they also have disadvantages. Earth tracks for running are generally uneven, may have holes and other obstacles, which can be dangerous. Feel free to change: sidewalk one day, the next day a paved road, a dirt road on weekends etc.

The rule of 10%

Add as much time or distance as you need to improve your form and save yourself from injuries. But be careful, do not increase the time or the running speed for more than 10% per week. If you run 90 minutes this week, next week run 99 minutes.

We hope the tips above are helpful, but you have to bear in mind that all you really need is the will which serves as an incentive for every action of yours. Where there is a will, there is a way for everything and you will be ready for every challenge that may come across.

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