Tips for the New Overweight Runner
Anyone that starts running, risks injury if they aren't careful. As an overweight runner, you'll have to be a bit more careful. If you experience sharp, sudden pain, it's time to stop for the moment. When you are struggling to breathe, you need to slow your pace. While you may want to start off running a few miles at a time, you may find that this is not realistic. Start with 100 yards, and ...(Read More)
How to Find the Perfect 5k for Your First Race
Once you've decided to start running and picked out a training plan, you still have an important choice to make. Which 5k is the best race for your debut? With so many races out there, you'll have a lot of options. This article walks you through your choices to help you find the perfect beginning race. Timed or Not? Long-time runners have different opinions about running ...(Read More)
How to Transition From Traditional Running Shoes to Minimalist Running Shoes
Many runners are embracing a growing trend toward minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes are simply shoes designed to provide the closest experience to barefoot running possible while still protecting the feet from rocks, broken glass, and other hazards that make barefoot running dangerous. Generally, this is done by eliminating the thick padding typically seen in running ...(Read More)
Barefoot Running 101
If you want to get into running, the only essential piece of equipment you need is a good pair of shoes, right? But what constitutes a good pair of shoes? If you work in a shoe store, you may be familiar with the way that runners seem to cycle through shoe trends. Some shoes have cutaway soles to reduce the weight on feet, while others have shock absorbers and air cushions built into the ...(Read More)
Running and Stress Fractures
Stress fractures are a common injury among runners, whether they run marathons or run casually to stay fit. Most runners try to prevent stress fractures since they can keep them off the running track for up to three months as the bone heals. Are there ways to avoid getting a stress fracture if you're a runner? Stress fractures are tiny breaks that occur in weight-bearing bones such as ...(Read More)
How to Lose Weight at Work: Easy Ways to Shed Pounds at the Office
Are you inspired by shows like The Biggest Loser, but know that spending four months at the ranch with Jillian Michaels wouldn’t fit in your work schedule? Do you watch Dance Your Ass Off or Celebrity Fit Club wondering how you're supposed to lose weight at work when you're living in the real world instead of the world of reality television? It's difficult to lose weight when you're confined ...(Read More)
Do You Really Need the Gym to Stay Fit?
In recent times, the increasing craze about fitness has seen an explosion in the number of gyms. There is a good chance that most of us live close enough to at least a couple of them. With rows upon rows of treadmills, barbells and dumbbells, are we really getting fitter? A lot of us have surely asked ourselves – do you really need to go to a gym to stay fit? Some of us are not ...(Read More)
Is Running Bad for Your Joints?
Do you avoid running because it’s bad for your knees and joints? Some people believe if they run to stay fit they'll end up with joint problems and osteoarthritis. Is there any truth to this idea? There's very little evidence that running increases the risk of joint problems or osteoarthritis later in life. In a study published in JAMA in 1986, researchers found no increased risk of ...(Read More)
How to Run Hills Quicker
Running uphill burns calories, builds strength and strengthens your heart muscle. If you run marathons competitively, it's important to master hills, especially if you run a course like the Boston marathon. Fortunately, there are ways to make an uphill run faster and easier. Here's how to run quicker uphill. Proper technique is essential for running uphill. Some people waste ...(Read More)
Stretching Before Running: Is It Smart?
Should you stretch before running? Some runners do – and some don’t. It would seem that stretching would be a way to reduce the risk of injury. After all, running with warm muscles sounds like a good preventative strategy – but is it? According to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, stretching before running doesn't prevent ...(Read More)
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