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Guest Post: Why Every Runner Needs Proper Cross-Training

So you want to become faster this year? What should you? Most people simply start running more. However, unless you’re an elite athlete, you don’t really need to run more than three (or maybe four) times a week.

So in addition to running, you should do some proper cross-training as well. Cross training will surely keep you motivated to get all of your workouts complete. There are numerous advantages of cross training, including (but not limited to) avoiding burnout and injuries.

What’s more, if you start focusing on a completely different group of muscles (that you may not work enough when you’re running) will ensure that you will become a better and stronger athlete from top to bottom.

But is every cross training technique helpful? As it is with anything in life, cross-training has its downsides. So before you start hitting the gym, you need to ask one question – does this exercise involve moving your pelvis?

The Proper Movement of the Pelvis

This is simply the most important part of healthy running. The frontal and transverse planes of your pelvis need to move properly (it moves sort of like a seesaw, from side to side).

If you spend too much time on exercises that hold it still, you’ll eventually start moving more slowly and become more prone to injuries. Also, keep this in mind – your brain memorizes movements. So if you manage to strengthen your muscles and learn all the right movements, then you’ll be both strong and mobile enough to run better.

Naturally, if you want to cross-train properly, you need to make some serious lifestyle changes, including changing your diet, timing your meals and getting used to careful meal prep.

But let’s get back to the topic at hand – first you need to learn about the right exercises – because if you learn and practice the wrong ones, even if you manage to strengthen the right muscles your training will still be useless. So let’s look at a short list of some cross-training activities, and see how they’ll help you become a better runner.

Why Every Runner Needs Yoga

  • The Big Benefits

Yoga can improve your strength and mobility, especially of your hip joints and core, especially in warrior poses and sun salutations. And if you pay special attention to all the different kinds of movement your pelvis makes, and allow it to move more, yoga will be even more effective.

  • The Possible Downsides

While there are no huge downsides of yoga, you don’t actually need to spend more than two to three hours a week practicing yoga. Only a small amount of it will do the job – so don’t overdo it.

Why Every Runner Needs Swimming

  • The Big Benefits

Freestyle swimming is great for runners for one main reason – it helps them line themselves up from foot to head. But you’ll maybe have to consult a trainer; because you’ll need to do everything properly (proper freestyle involves rolling side to side and lengthening one side first and then the other).

  • The Possible Downsides

However, the effectiveness of swimming mostly depends on what stroking technique you use. For instance, some strokes that doesn’t involve a lot of turning like the butterfly and especially breaststroke are actually not beneficial at all.

Why Every Runner Needs Strength Training

  • The Big Benefits

Most strength enhancing exercises involve spiral movement, balance and of course, turning – all of which are essential to running. And when it comes to pelvis movements, one great exercise for this is pulling a cable and creating resistance while you turn – this will move your pelvis a lit and strengthen your core.

  • The Possible Downsides

On the other hand, you need to pay special attention to small details, because training on machines that don’t move your pelvis at all can be bad for your running abilities. So before you start using certain machines, you’ll need to evaluate the equipment and learn what it does for your body.

Final Thoughts

Those are just a couple of reasons why every runner needs strength training. So what do you think about our list? Do you maybe have a different cross-training routine? If you do, you should definitely leave a comment in the section bellow and share it with the rest of us.

Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic-based recipes for herself and her kids.

What People Don’t Realize About Spiritual Healing And Development

Spiritual healing and development is one of the best ways to get a sense of well being and contentment. By healing yourself spiritually and developing in any way you can, you’ll likely become a better person and improve your life in so many ways. However, there are a few things you may not realize about heading down the spiritual path. Read on to find out what they are…

It Might Get Worse Before It Gets Better

When you take a spiritual path, things usually get worse before they get better. This is because it tends to bring up a bunch of stuff you may have been ignoring, or things you may not have dealt with properly yet. Life is all about learning lessons, and if you haven’t learned yours, you’re going to have the same situations and feelings crop up until you do. There’s a lesson to be learned in everything, and you may need to deal with things like past trauma before you can move forward. This can be painful but so worth it.

Meditation Shouldn’t Be Optional

You should have a few spiritual practices that aren’t negotiable, and meditation should really be one of them. You don’t just have to sit still to meditate. You can do walking meditations, and even meditate as you shower or go about your chores. You can do this by adopting some kind of affirmation or breathing practice.

However, if you would like to try the traditional form of meditation, there are so many apps out there to help you. Not only is mediation perfect for spiritual healing, it will help you to develop at the same time. Sticking to a short practice each day can be difficult, but again, it’s worth it. 10-15 minutes every day is only a very short percentage of your day, and the benefits you’ll get from meditation can be vast.

Natural Methods Are Always Best

Natural methods of spiritual healing and development are always best. Some people try to use illegal, dangerous substances to help on their journeys, but this isn’t recommended. Instead, you can look at sites like Ibogahealing.com to get the best results on your path.

Negative Thoughts Are Slowing You Down

We all have negative thoughts from time to time, about ourselves, our lives, and others. These thoughts are slowing you down. Training your brain to stop entertaining and reaching for these thoughts can be hard, but you should notice huge improvements in your life. The way you judge others says more about you than it does about them.

You Probably Won’t Reach Enlightenment

This might sound like a bad thing to you, but reaching enlightenment like Jesus or Buddha is extremely difficult, almost impossible, and becoming obsessed with this state can really slow you down. This isn’t to say you never ever will (there are infinite possibilities in this universe), but getting too focused on it as an end result may prevent you from progressing in the long run, and you might get stuck in ‘ego mode’ without realizing it.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: Top Workout Trends You Need to Try in 2017

Whether we love it or hate it, most of us have by now realized that working out is a must. The benefits are numerous: from general health, through mood enhancement, to weight control. However, after a while, it can get boring. It’s not easy finding the perfect form of physical activity that appeals to you. Once we get bored with the routine, we often drop it – especially those of us who struggle with discipline and willpower in the first place. But, just like in every major field, each year brings us new trends and fads in fitness, too. Take a look at the hottest workout trends in 2017 – you might just find some new ways to keep your workouts fresh and fun.

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Zara Lewis is a contributing blogger for High Style Life and a full-time mama of two little ones.

Mind And Body: The Best Kept Secrets To Your Well-Being

We can all be a little guilty of getting caught up in the rate race of life. Stressed over work deadlines or feeling like we are being stretched beyond capacity. Work and home life merging and feeling guilty for not doing things you want to be doing, or doing them when you think you shouldn’t. It can all be a vicious cycle that can have a detrimental effect on our well-being. But the thing is, if we don’t take care of ourselves then we are less likely to function well in every aspect of our lives. So I thought I would share with you a few of the best kept secrets to your well-being, enabling you to kick start your year on a high.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Exercise Your Way Through Chronic Pain

We all make excuses for not doing exercise. Most of the time, these excuses are white lies or conveniences. Sometimes, though, chronic pain can make exercise seem impossible. When you’re in pain, exercise is the last thing you’ll be thinking about. The truth is, though, that exercise is still important to you. Those suffering from chronic pain gain more from doing a little exercise. A lot of the time, it’s inaction that causes aches and stiffness. If you go to a chiropractor, they will tell you to exercise! You should always check with your doctor before undergoing any form of exercise. While the movement helps in most cases, it’s possible to do yourself more damage. Talking to the doctor will also help you work out an exercise routine to suit you. Here are a few tips on activities you may want to try to help exercise through chronic pain.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: The Art of Meditation: How to Recover Both Your Body and Your Mind

For centuries now, meditation has been observed as a spiritual tool for inducing a mode of consciousness to acquire a complete balance between the body and mind. It’s said that this form of practice has been known to have a great impact not only on the mental but the physical aspects of the human body. To fully understand what meditation is and in what ways it can affect you; it’s crucial to inform yourself about all the positive traits it carries. Here’s a breakdown of the art of meditation.

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Diana Smith is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Which Fitness Class Is For You? Explore These Options…

Winter is the time of year that many people start to relax a little. It’s no longer swimsuit season, so a lot of us cut down on the exercise and start eating whatever we want whenever we want – especially as this time of year also sees wonderful family feasts for Thanksgiving and Christmas; along with a whole load of Halloween candy.

Still, it’s important to remember that you need to stay fit and active through the winter. It’s hard to find motivation in the winter when it’s cold and dark outside, and the beach seems a long way away; so you should try to find a form of exercise that’s fun for you! One way to inject a little spice into your fitness life is through exercise classes; where you can get fit and socialize at the same time. Here are some ideas for which fitness class you could attend over the next few months.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

You Don’t Have To Be A Gym Bunny To Get Fit: Finding The Right Exercise For You

Does the thought of going to the gym fill you with trepidation? Do you worry about exercising around others? Are you keen to try something different? If so, you’ve come to the right place. There’s an assumption that you have to hit the gym hard to get fit. But this isn’t true. Running on a treadmill and lifting weights is not the only way to get in shape. There are myriad activities out there you can try. The gym isn’t for everyone, so don’t worry if you’re not a massive fan. It’s all about finding something you enjoy. If you love exercising, you’re much more likely to work out frequently. Here are some tips to finding the right exercise if you’re not a gym bunny.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

3 Effective Methods To Keep Fit Indoors This Winter

As it gets colder and darker outside, it becomes less appealing to strap on your running shoes and go for a jog. You could put on some warm clothes for working out outdoors. But once you get home from work to your lovely warm house, you’ll probably lack the motivation to go back outside!

But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit. With the Holiday season approaching, you’ll want a way to burn off all those extra calories. Instead of trying to motivate yourself to train in the cold, why not exercise indoors? It’s convenient as well as practical. Here are some ways to keep fit indoors this winter.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Why You Should Consider Body, Mind And Soul In Your Quest For Fitness

We’re all on a quest to make ourselves fitter. However we go about it, we all aim to better our health. Whether we chose healthy eating or exercise to give us that boost of energy, the battle seems an ongoing one. So what are we doing wrong? A lot of our efforts for a healthier life focus on our body. What if we need to consider more than just our body when it comes to making us feel better? Mental wellbeing is just as important in the quest for health as physical fitness. We’re punishing ourselves with grueling exercise regimes. Is it any surprise that we don’t feel better? So, what can you do to make yourself fitter, body, mind and spirit in your quest for fitness?

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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