Joining a running group can be a great way to make friends, get inspired and amp up your running pace and technique, especially during the colder winter months when you may need the extra motivation. When joining up with a group run, there are some helpful runner's etiquette pointers on what bad social habits may seem like no big deal, but can be annoying to runners. Too Chatty Making new friends is great part of the runner experience. Sometimes making extra talk can be overwhelming, especially when someone is running at max effort or trying to make it up the hill without stopp..
Ask five different runners the same question and they’ll likely reveal very different methods for keeping their phones safe while running. “I stick it in my sports bra. I know it won’t fall out!” “I use the zippered pocket in my shorts, but it gets pretty sweaty.” “I just hold it in my hand!” And then there are purists who don’t believe taking a phone on a run. “I don’t need a phone while I’m running. I just listen to the world around me!” The truth? There is no one “right” way to be a runner, but there are right and wrong ways to stash your phone during a training run or a race. We’r..
There’s a reason why so many 5K races and marathons are held during the fall: It’s the best season for running. The cooler temperatures make it easier for even the most casual runner to get outside and crush their crush their goals without worrying about excessive heat or bone-chilling cold. However, picking the right gear for fall running can prove to be a little tricky as you prepare for a wide range of weather conditions and less daylight. As you prepare to get out and make the most of the season, we’ve put together a list of fall running essentials that will leave you comfortable and..
Part of the beauty of the United States is its various landscapes: the never-ending deserts of the Southwest, the soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the dense forests of the Northeast and the prairies of the Great Plains. The unique characteristics of these regions call out to adventure-seekers, whether they’re runners, hikers, rock climbers or just plain adrenaline junkies and is growing in popularity. Find Your Outdoor Fitness Challenge Getting outside to explore these beautiful areas while pushing themselves in endurance events and outdoor fitness challenges has become a way for th..
When you’re out for a run, having good music along the way is crucial to keep you motivated to maximize your experience. Choosing the right quality wireless headphones for running is a major decision to make so that you’re not worried about keeping them from falling out and that they stay comfortable along the way. That’s why we’re big fans of the Miiego Wireless Headphones and are proud to carry them as the perfect audio accompaniment to your running journey. Having to adjust your headphones is just as annoying as shorts that keep falling down or stopping to untie your shoes. Free of distr..
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..
Summertime is reserved for beach days, exploring cities and experiencing new cultures. With all the excitement around traveling and the relaxation of finally taking some days off, it can be easy to forget that you are in a new environment—and you need to protect your valuables, especially your money, while on vacation. Pickpockets are everywhere, especially in tourist-packed towns in which people are more likely to be looking at their surroundings than keeping an eye on their purses and pockets. Pickpocketing is more common in European cities than in the United States—a list from TripAdviso..
The wind whipping past your face; a thumping, pumping heart; and that exhilarating feeling: all are the hallmarks of a good running session. For one in 12 people in the US, however, that feeling seems unattainable due to asthma. Asthma is a lifelong condition that is characterized by a chronic inflammation of the airways, leading to feelings of breathlessness and a tightness in the chest, as well as wheezing and coughing. The number of diagnoses is rising, and so too is the level of concern—according to the latest statistics, more than half of people with asthma had an attack in just one ye..
It’s almost June 1 and Summer is coming fast. 2017 is now well underway and we’re coming up on the midway mark. Hard to believe, huh? Even more difficult to believe is where you’re at today on those New Year’s resolution goals you made almost six months ago. If you’re one of the dedicated people who stuck to their 2017 resolutions, we applaud you. Studies show that of the estimated 40% of people who make a New Year’s resolution only 8% meet their goal. If you made it this far, you’re a true champion, and we’re sure you’ll keep going strong for the second half of ’17. But, if you’re standing th..
You have more choices than going to the gym in order to get a good workout. Although running is a top choice for many, when injury or weather prevent you from running there are several other surprisingly good alternative workouts you can do to stay active and receive great health benefits. These alternative cardio workouts will keep your weight under control, keep your bones and joints strong, give you focus, stave off memory loss and improve your balance. So the next time you get ready to move, consider switching up your routine with one of these surprisingly good alternative cardio workouts...
It’s officially New Year’s resolution time. If you’re on the path to a healthy 2017 by running before or after work this winter, you’re probably running in the dark. Did you know that nearly 70% of pedestrian deaths occur between the hours of 6 pm to 6 am, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? Follow these tips below to learn how to safely run at night. "This belt adds a nice reflective band that can be seen from 360 degrees. It's a great addition to the lights and other effective gear I already use. Plus, not only does it add safety, but it's functional..
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..
Getting into a fitness rut can lead to boredom and demotivation. We’ve all had periods where we struggle to stay motivated in our workouts. The routines you enjoyed doing in the beginning can become stale and lose their excitement, which can make you want to give up exercising altogether. But don’t forget -- one of the most important aspects of fitness is that it should be fun! Make the effort to try something new and mix up your workout to bring the joy back. Here are a few signs that its time to change your workout routine along some suggestions on how to mix up your workout. Prevent E..
We all know it takes a lot of time and energy to find the right gift. If you don’t know what to get your fitness-loving friends and family this holiday season, don’t worry because we have some great gift ideas for runners that even they may not have thought of. Here is a list of six workout accessories and gifts for the athlete in your life just may not have known they needed. 1. Kettlebells As the weather cools down, runners often have to bring their workout indoors. Use kettlebells, which range in size and weight from four to 92 kilograms, to do everything you would do with dumbbells t..
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..
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