Exercise

How to Build Endurance for Beginner Runners
For runners of all experience levels, there are often two primary goals: To run faster and to run longer. As a new runner, building up endurance is especially important. It allows you to participate in longer races whether for you that means a local 5k or your first marathon. If you want to learn how to build endurance while running, these top tips can greatly improve your training and put you on the right track toward running success.    Distinguish Between Easy Runs and Hard Runs A common mistake among newer runners is running at the same pace every time you lace up your s..
How to Stay Fit During a Pandemic
The COVID-19 Coronavirus has impacted life across the globe. While staying healthy throughout the outbreak is the goal, many people are struggling to maintain their fitness under rules of social distancing, isolation, or quarantine. Staying fit, however, can help you fight off disease and boost your immune system during this challenging time. The good news is that it is possible to maintain your fitness during the pandemic, but you will almost certainly have to make some tweaks to ensure your routine is safe. These suggestions can help you keep both your body, mind, and spirit fit and ready to..
Where to Hold Your Phone While Trail Running
For many runners, keeping your phone nearby is a must. For trail runners, that need is even more pronounced. When you’re miles from your car parked at the trail head or you’re heading up to elevations where weather can be unpredictable, it is critical to have access to your phone right when you need it most. (Plus – you need a phone to snap that obligatory selfie at the top of the mountain trail, right?) Whether you are checking out your local trails for the first time or you’re gearing up for a trail ultramarathon, there is one thing all trail runners have in common: The need to figure out ho..
A Woman's Guide to Finding the Perfect Running Shoes
Getting into the running routine can be exciting. Whether you are gearing up to train for a 5k or a marathon, the right shoes really can make all the difference. All too often, however, women are hesitant to invest in running shoes. Sure, you can wear the same pair you always wear to the gym, or you can toss on those old sneakers from the back of your closet. But remember that not all running shoes are created equally. Use this guide to find the perfect running shoes, in the right size, that support you and your running.   Don’t Fall for the Pink Shoe Trick We have all seen an ad..
Trail Running Year-Round: 9 Tips and Tricks for Winter Trail Running
Trail running can be an incredible experience, but many summer trail runners start to hit the pavement or the treadmill once the first signs of ice and snow arrive. While some trails are just not runnable in the winter months, there are plenty of miles of single-track that are perfect for winter trail running. If you want to extend your trail running season, use these 9 trail running tips and tricks to stay safe and warm this winter.   1. Layer, Layer, and Layer Some More During winter runs, layers are your best friends. Start with a warm base-layer that wicks moisture away from ..
How to Become a Morning Runner
How many of us go to bed each night with the hopes of waking up early and squeezing in some miles before the day begins? And how many of us, even with the best of intentions, end up hitting snooze and then pushing that run until later in the day? Although pre-dawn runs come naturally to some, you might have to work to become a morning runner.   The good news is that it takes three weeks to make something a habit. By adopting these morning running tips for the next 21 days, you could turn yourself into a morning runner!   Say Goodbye to the Snooze Button One of the bigg..
Thinking Out Loud
I’m Jen Bergman, a professional runner, a first-time blogger and full-time employee at FlipBelt here to bring you the honest truth about my journey to reach my full potential as a marathoner. Reach my full potential? What does that mean? Hopefully for me it means becoming an Olympian after I compete in the 2020 Marathon Olympic Trials. I realize the stats for becoming an Olympic Athlete are 0.000001%. You have one shot every 4 years to be the very best in your country and then hopefully the world. Luckily this is my second shot. My very first Marathon was the 2016 Olympic Trials where I finish..
Get the Benefits of Cardio with these Workouts that Don't Involve Running
Let’s face it: Running is fun, but sometimes you want to do something different but still get the calorie burn and sweat therapy. Get in a heart-pounding cardio workout, no matter how much equipment you have. Many of these workouts can be done anywhere, while traveling, in the park and even with friends. You’re in luck: It’s never been easier to get in a heart-pounding cardio workout, no matter how much equipment you have (or don’t have) access to. And many of these indoor cardio workouts can be done anywhere — while traveling, in the park and even with friends. Jump Rope Remember ..
Are your goals designed to give you the best results?
Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said that goals are “dreams we convert to plans and take action to fulfill.” He’s right: We can wish and hope that our dreams will come true, but without work nothing will change — and that goes for fitness and weight loss, too. Specific goals are like roadmaps that are tangible. If your goal is too broad — something like “weight loss” or “looking good” — the odds are you’ll never get there. But, how can you? You must be ready to work — no quick fixes here. Here's how to design the ultimate workout plan. One high-achieving marathoner says he s..