Running seems like it should just come naturally, but as with any sport, proper form can make a big difference. In addition to improving your performance, the right form can help you to reduce the risk of becoming injured. Use these five expert tips to learn all about the proper way to run. 1. Keep Your Head Up The correct running technique starts at the very top. You’ll need to keep your head up to avoid poor posture. Look straight ahead so your chin doesn’t tilt up or down, and keep your ears in line with your shoulders (don’t run “head-first”). This keeps the neck in proper alignment ..
Is it better to work out inside or outdoors? That question weighs on the minds of many runners, especially since treadmills are specifically designed for their preferred fitness activity. Learn more about the benefits of running on a treadmill vs. running outside to decide which one is the best fit for you. Workout Intensity: Running One of the biggest factors to consider in this debate is the quality of your workout. You actually get more muscle activation when you run outside. That’s because the movement of the treadmill belt does some of the work propelling you forward with each step...
When it comes to running your first mile, it’s all about baby steps. If you try to go too hard and too fast on your first outing, it might put you off running forever. But with the right plan in place, you’ll find that in addition to reaching that 1-mile goal, you can become someone who actually really enjoys going for a run. If you’re craving that endorphin high that runners always talk about, use these tips for new runners. Warm Up and Cool Down It’s absolutely critical to warm up your muscles before you head out for any run. This step will make you feel more comfortable on your run an..
Running is often said to be the least expensive sport around. All that’s needed is a pair of shoes, a road or a trail and you’re good to go. But as it turns out, running is not as cheap as it’s touted to be — at least not if you want to get serious about it. A survey of runners in the US revealed that the average runner spends approximately $1,000 every year on the sport. These expenses include gear and apparel, sport-specific gadgets, coaching services, and of course, races. Novice, intermediate, and veteran runners also spend just about the same amount. While beginners spent the..
Don’t let the dropping temperatures scare you away—our guide for running outside no matter the conditions. If this is the year you took up running, you may be wondering about how to get through the cold winter months that are fast approaching. Snow, ice, wind and bitter temperatures can make the going tough. But with the right gear, winter can actually be a nice time to run. Think about it—no more heat and humidity to make you feel like you are barely making forward progress. A chance to get outside your house when, for the most part, everything else is based inside. A few quiet ho..
Dial-in your cold-weather running attire for the best experience at the best temperature. If runners could choose an ideal temperature for their best runs, most would pick the 50-degree mark. It’s the Goldilocks of conditions—not too hot, not too cold, but just right. This 50-degree range, in fact, is the sweet spot for marathon performance, too, serving as the “just right” temperature for most of the best finishes, year after year. Whether you’re training to race or simply to get out and enjoy the fresh air, your running is going to be happiest around 50 degrees. Luckily, we’re about to..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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