You triumphed through your running goals this last year. Whether you ran your first 5K or 10K or set a new PR during your last marathon, you can look back on a great season and begin thinking about what’s next. The off season comes quick, and now with colder temperatures and less daylight, it’s nice to hit snooze at 5 a.m. instead of lacing up your running shoes for a few mornings. Those few mornings turn into a couple of months and before you know it running season is back in swing — and you’re back at square one. Instead, resolve to make the most of your time off by switching up your r..
Running is popular for a reason! It’s a form of exercise that you can take with you practically anywhere. With the right gear and a few key running tips for beginners, you can maximize your running experience and see great results. These will not only improve your fitness, but also help to clear your mind, reduce stress and feel better overall. As with any exercise routine, variation is the key to success. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned runner, try these running tips to vary your routine and keep your body in the best shape. 1. Run short intervals. Running short intervals i..
Did you know that working out in the morning may help you to lose weight faster? Or that an after-work run can help decrease stress? Scientists have found benefits to exercising at different times of day. Which one works best for you? Morning Morning routines may be easier to maintain, because they will not conflict with other responsibilities like a late night at work or meeting up with friends. Morning exercise also doesn’t conflict with your sleep schedule; some studies show that exercising after 8 pm can disrupt sleep. On the other hand, exercising at 7 am may help you sleep more sou..
You are having a great run, your stride is relaxed and smooth, you feel balanced and at ease until suddenly -- that sore spot where your seam hits your thigh starts to get irritated. It rubs and scratches until it’s all you can think about. Say hello to chafing. Chafing, which is skin irritation that is similar to blisters, is a common occurrence among people who work out. Causes of chafing Chafing is caused by friction -- your skin rubbing against something else such as skin or cloth. Sweat exacerbates the problem by making the skin wet and salty, which will cause the chafed area to sti..
Is there a difference between indoor and outdoor exercise activities? Which environment gives you the most benefits? There is an ongoing debate in the fitness world about where is best for exercising. There are differences in how your environment affects your workout quality and your mental and physical health, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each. Pros and cons of outdoor exercise Pro: Improved mental wellbeing Compared with indoor exercise, a study shows that exercising in “natural environments” was linked to “greater feelings of revitalization and positive engag..
If you are trying to be healthy, is it possible to eat your favorite foods? That depends on what they are. For many of us, our favorite foods are not the healthiest options on our plate. The key to being healthy while still having your favorite foods is doing so with intention, moderation and by making smart choices about the types of food you eat. Here are some tips on balancing your diet while still enjoying your favorite foods. Tip #1: Eat with intention The problem with eating your favorite foods isn’t that they are bad for you, rather, it’s that you binge on them. Have you ever star..
Trail running has skyrocketed in popularity in the past couple years, with more people ditching roads for rugged paths in the woods. Instead of a boring run around the neighborhood, runners can jump over fallen trees and dash up steep hills to get some exercise while enjoying nature. For those that are looking to trade in the track for the trail, there are a few running tips and tricks for beginners to keep in mind. Remember the (unspoken) rules. Be aware of your surroundings and adhere to trail running etiquette. With trail running, you’ll often encounter things you wouldn’t on a..
Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, because your cloths are a bit tighter than you’d like or simply because you want to feel better and be healthier, we’ve all declared that we’re going to get in shape at one point or another. Then comes the hard part of actually following through. Starting your healthy lifestyle journey isn’t always easy, but these seven tips for getting in shape can help you establish a sustainable routine to achieve you fitness goals. Be Honest With Yourself Some people are committed to getting up early and working out in the morning, others prefer to..
Whether you squeeze in your run in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t up or simply like running in the dark when it’s cooler, running at night (or before the sun rises) requires special equipment and heightened awareness to ensure your experience is safe. These must-follow guidelines will help you stay safe while allowing you to run in the dark. Know Your Running Route If you’re running in the dark, stick to a route that’s well lit, populated and that you know well. This way you’ll be able to see your surroundings and recognize if something seems out of place. Have a few “appro..
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