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Running

Running For Beginners

Run Your First Or Fastest 5k, 10k Or Half-marathon

Run Faster Method

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Table Of Contents

What Should Be In A Runners Diet

4

Breathing Techniques In Running

7

Common Mistakes In Running

10

Common Running Injuries_Symptoms_Causes_And Treatment

13

Dressed Up For Running

16

Fueling Your Running

19

How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

23

How To Stay Motivated With Running

26

Indoor Running

29

List Of Important Running Gears And Accessories

32

Losing Weight With Running

35

Nutrition And Running

38

personal trainer for running and other physical training tasks

41

running a form of workout for the legs and the body

44

Running And Hydration

46

running and other exrecises in effective weight loss programs

50

running as part of weight loss systems

53

Running For Weight Loss_Six Facts You Should Know

56

Running Health Benefits_A Quick Rundown

59

Seven Psychological Benefits Of Running

62

Smart Ways To Prevent Running Injuries

65

The Many Benefits Of Running

68

The Right Start_Running Tips For Beginners

71

Tips For Long Distance Running

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tips for running a guide for beginners

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What Should Be In A Runners Diet

What Should Be In A Runner’s Diet

Proper nutrition is important among runners for two reasons. One is to

supplement their energy to achieve power performance. And two is to meet

their nutritional needs. However, runner’s diet and proper nutrition are two

of the most overlooked aspects of running that many runners, novices most

especially, feel powerless and fatigued every time they run. When running,

runners burn calories, or energy, and to be able to fuel their running, they

need to replace the lost calories adequately. Taking the following, in the

right amount and at the right time, will do the job.

Carbohydrates

A normal diet should consist of 40% carbohydrates. For runners, however,

the number should be anywhere from 60 to 65%, the reason being,

carbohydrates are a good source of energy. Carbohydrates are converted

into glucose and are then stored as glycogen. When running, the muscles

use the stored glycogen to keep them energized. Sodas and candies

provide carbohydrates, only theirs is the so-called simple carbohydrates or

those that give energy for a short period of time. What the runners need are

complex carbohydrates because these produce energy for long-term use.

They can come from pastas, rice, breads, potatoes, and grains. Runners

are recommended to take at least three grams of carbohydrates for every

pound of body weight everyday. So a 120-pound runner should have 360

grams of carbohydrates daily.

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Fats

Fats should make up 20 to 25% of the diet. Runners should take their fat

requirements mostly from mono-unsaturated fats, or those that are liquid in

form, as they are believed to meet sports nutritional needs effectively.

Natural oils are good sources of mono-unsaturated fats. Foods with

saturated and poly-unsaturated fats, such as red meats, butter, and

margarine, are also good, but they should be taken in very minimal

amounts. Foods with omega-3, an essential fat, should be also included in

the runner’s diet.

Protein

To improve muscle stamina, runners are recommended to take .5 to .75

gram of protein for every pound of body weight daily. Proteins are not only a

good source of energy, they also help in muscle growth and repair of

broken muscles. Protein, which should be 15 to 20% of a runner’s diet, can

be acquired from nuts, eggs, fish, beans, grains, and low-fat dairy products.

Water

Runners sweat a lot when running, a normal response to the muscles’

rigorous workout. But in order to prevent dehydration, weakness, and, in

more serious cases, heat stroke while running, runners need to constantly

replenish the lost amount of fluid. The problem usually is that runners

replenish only half of the amount. To be adequately hydrated, they need to

drink water before, during, and after running. And whether thirsty or not,

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they need to continuously hydrate themselves throughout the day.

Vitamins and Minerals

Recent studies pointed out that a runner’s diet should have the vitamins A,

C, and E. All three have antioxidant properties that can rid of free radicals.

Calcium, which strengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis, and iron,

which helps in the delivery of oxygen to all parts of the body, should also be

included in the diet. Although most of these vitamins and minerals are

obtained from supplements, foods are still the recommended source.

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Breathing Techniques In Running

Breathing Techniques In Running

One of the more important aspects of running is the proper way of

breathing. Running is not just about the legs and thighs and feet. It is also

about the lungs and how to bring greater amounts of oxygen into the

system efficiently.

Unnoticed by many, even by the athletes themselves sometimes, the

nature of your breathing during your running affects your performance.

Those runners who can correctly deliver oxygen into their system are

stronger than their counterparts who struggle when they are running

because they do not know the technique.

Swimmer’s breathing

One training technique is to breathe slightly slower than your body requires

when you are not running. This starves your system for oxygen and forces

the heart to beat faster.

After a time, the body learns to compensate for the lack of oxygen so that

when this technique is not in use, your body is already more efficient in

processing your breathed air. This is demonstrated in swimming.

Swimmers do alternate breathing which is breathing every third stroke. This

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enables them to breathe on alternate sides without taking a breath with

every stroke.

At the start, their body demands more oxygen, but will learn to adjust to the

decrease in oxygen. In time, the body becomes more efficient in processing

the limited air. Runners who swim often have excellent breathing efficiency.

Breathing rhythms

Sometimes, in long races (or even those short races) a runner may lose

focus and is thrown out of his breathing rhythm. It could be caused by the

simple forgetting to concentrate on the breathing or its pattern.

One way to avoid this is for the runner to time his breathing in rhythm with

his steps. This is like the style of the swimmers who breathe at every third

stroke.

Runners who get to this state can keep running like a clock, with consistent

pace and a great deal of efficiency. This concentration on breathing can

also take his mind away from pain or soreness that may have developed at

this stage and can cause him to quit the race.

Deep breathing

One other technique that can be used when running is deep breathing. It

has several benefits when correctly done and practiced.

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It helps the runner to stay relaxed, which in turn, helps to decrease fatigue.

The ability to relax decreases the chances of performance decline.

Runners who forgot to relax find themselves making inadvertent changes in

form until they feel the resulting pain. Examples include clinching of fists

too tightly and running with the shoulders too high to be effective. This type

of poor form often results in muscle fatigue and soreness.

Deep breathing helps promote relaxation while running. This is done by

taking a larger-than-normal breath and exhaling all the way out.

During the exhale part, you should concentrate on releasing all the tension

in your arms by shaking them, opening up your hands and moving your

head in circles.

This combination of activities will give you an easy way to remain relaxed

during the run and does not even need to break stride to do all of them.

This is true to all the other breathing techniques in running – no

requirement of great efforts but just as effective.

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Common Mistakes In Running

Common Mistakes In Running

Running is one fairly common and simple athletic activity that most people

can pick up anytime. In truth, most of us are already familiar with running.

We think that starting a running program is also just as simple.

We simply start to run the next day, with resolve that we will do it regularly

from now on. The resolve and the intention are decent. It is in the headlong

rush that makes it fairly incorrect. It may even be downright dangerous.

Look before you run

If you think you can start out running five miles a day starting today is a

good idea, there is something wrong in your personal decision-making

policies. First, you have to know that exposing the body to sudden

strenuous amount of exercise is outright wrong.

Never try to do any running right away if you have not run at all in your life,

or worse, have not done any form of exercise, either. Depending on your

age and your present physical condition, it can be harmful and downright

dangerous.

First, get a professional opinion on your present physical health condition

before starting out any physical activity, including running. Your doctor may

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even be able to help you map out your personal running program.

Injuries

For a beginner, plunging outright into a running routine can earn you a host

of problems. This can include muscle aches and joint pains, shin splints,

and maybe stress fractures.

A better idea would be to start out low. You may first do a 1 or 2-mile run for

three to four days a week. These runs can be interspersed with some brisk

walking, if need be.

You can then build up your mileage in small increments every week, again

so as not to subject your body to sudden strain it had not experienced

before. The rule of thumb is not to increase your mileage by more than 10%

every week.

Pacing

Be sure to also know how you should pace yourself in our new sport.

Newcomers are too excited in their new-found sport that they often make

the mistake of overdoing things.

The tendency of new runners is to start out running as fast as they can only

to find out they cannot maintain their pace.

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Focus on your own pace, the one most comfortable to you. In any case,

you have plans to increase them in the future. This can also help you

maintain a uniform heart rate and improve your endurance.

Get some running experts and ask for more pointers. They would be only

too glad to share with you every advice they know, including food and diets

and schedules.

Equipments

Every sport needs some proper gear and equipments, and running is no

different. A proper running pair of shoes is very important.

Shoes that do not fit, or are not designed for running will cause discomfort.

It can also cause injuries. Get yourself into an athletic equipment shop and

get all the expert advice on running shoes. Ask, too, how to break them in

gradually to avoid blisters.

If you can follow these simple guidelines, you will not commit any mistake

than is necessary. You will begin to have fun in your running, too.

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Common Running Injuries_Symptoms_Causes_And Treatment

Common Running Injuries: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatment

Although running is perhaps the simplest form of sport and exercise, it is

highly susceptible to injuries. Running injuries are not uncommon among

runners—novice or long-time. And if you’ve been running for a while, you

most likely have experienced any of these common injuries:

1. Runner’s knee

Also referred to as iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), runner’s knee is

characterized by the tenderness of the iliotibial band (ITB), the connective

tissue outside the thigh, and causes friction between the ITB and thigh

bone. Runner’s knee results from overpronation, overtraining, tight ITB

either naturally or due to lack of stretching, wrong shoes, weak hip muscles,

and too much hill running.

People with runner’s knee feel pain and inflammation outside the knee.

Pain is most pronounced when running downhill or on cambered surfaces,

when knees are stretched, and even when simply walking upstairs and

downstairs. At the onset of pain, running must be immediately stopped.

Intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), cold therapy, and

massage can reduce the pain. In severe cases, especially when the injury

does not respond to any treatment or rehabilitation, corticosteroid injection

is performed onto the site of injury.

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2. Shin splints

Shin splints is a widely used term to refer to the pain at the front of the

lower leg. The injury is commonly caused by oversupination, overpronation,

intense running, bad footwear, running on hard surfaces, and poor ankle

flexibility. Runners with shin splints experience pain inside the lower half

shin, which usually extends to the knee, at the beginning of the run. The

pain subsides while running but comes back after with a more stabbing

intensity. Redness and lumps in the shin may also develop.

Treatment is centered around abating the pain, especially during the early

stage when the pain is intolerable. It includes rest, massage, and cold

therapy. Intake of NSAIDs is also advisable.

3. Achilles tendonitis

Because it is no longer considered an inflammatory condition, Achilles

tendonitis is now often called Achilles tendinopathy. It is a condition in

which the Achilles tendon, a band of tissues connecting the calf muscles—

gastrocnemius and soleus—to the heel bone, is inflamed, and which may

eventually cause degenerated tissue and scarring. Achilles tendonitis is

generally caused by overworking the tendon, either by subjecting it to

excessive pressure or forcing it to work under abnormal conditions.

Factors include weak or tight calf muscles, excessive uphill running,

overpronation, wrong shoes, abrupt changes in distance and speed, and

weak ankle joints.

Achilles tendonitis is categorized into two: acute and chronic. The pain

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associated with acute tendonitis only lasts at the beginning of the run and

may ease during and after the exercise. It doesn’t stay for more than a

week. Chronic Achilles tendonitis, on the other hand, can go for weeks and

months. Pain is consistent all throughout the run and when walking up or

downstairs. Tenderness and redness may be apparent at the site of injury.

Lumps may also develop.

Like other running injuries, Achilles tendonitis can be treated with NSAIDs.

Massage, heel pad, casting, ultrasound treatment, and rehabilitation are

also effective ways to correct the injury. In the case of serious injury,

surgery is performed to remove the scar tissue.

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Dressed Up For Running

Dressed Up For Running

Running, one of the world’s most popular sports, is actually the most ideal

of them all. What makes it ideal is the fact that it is a very simple, healthy

kind of sport and that it does not entail buying any expensive gear at all.

The benefits are the same but the investment needed is so low. With just

the basics (clothing and a sturdy pair of shoes), one can simply get up and

run.

Other sports need some very expensive sets of equipments (golf, rock

climbing), while others need an organization for one to be able to join

(basketball, football).

Footwear

The most important piece of equipment for a runner is a good pair of

running sneakers. Quality is important because it avoids injuries and gives

comfort while running.

For newcomers who are not savvy enough about running shoes, the best

places to go to are stores that specialize in selling running shoes.

(Some athletic equipment stores are also big enough to carry a wide

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selection of these shoes. They are the second best ones after these shoe

specialty stores, in case there are none in your area.)

Shoe specialty stores have clerks that are very knowledgeable about their

only wares. Sometimes, these stores videotape their customers running on

a treadmill first. This is to check on the customers’ running styles before

making any suggestions.

After making suggestions, the sales person may ask the customer to run in

each of the candidate pairs to further determine what pair is best. (Of

course, the customer will pick his preference according to what feels most

comfortable.)

Socks are also recommended because they are part of the running gear.

Socks that do not fit properly or are not designed for running can cause

blisters and other foot injuries.

Clothing

A runner should also invest in quality clothing fit for the season. Shorts or

pants, shirts in short and long sleeves and with the right thickness should

be carefully matched for each season that the runner intends to run.

Clothes which can wick moisture away from the runner’s skin can help keep

the runner cool and dry.

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Additional gears

Other pieces of clothing that a runner may bring along include such things

as hats and raingears or extra clothing designed for wind protection and

other weather situations.

Hats with wide brims protect the eyes from the sun. Waterproof jackets and

pants are for runners who do not mind some rain and still do their running.

Some seasoned runners or those who are health-conscious bring with them

gadgets to help them in their running program. Speed and distance

monitors and watches designed for running are useful but not exactly very

necessary.

Heart monitors help the runner tweak his program to ensure he is training at

the right intensity. Speed and distance monitors give out data such as how

far he has run and how fast his pace he is running.

These little devices (now installed with a GPS system) also allow storing

information for future use or reference. Nowadays, some runners fight off

outside noise distractions (and probably boredom, too) by listening to music

while running. Safety experts, however, discourage this practice while

running outdoors to prevent car accidents, muggings and other dangers.

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Fueling Your Running

Fueling Your Running

Like a car, a runner who wants to operate at his most optimum potential

needs his particular set of fuels. He needs the right combination of

carbohydrates, proteins and fats to fuel his running.

Each of these food groups has a specific function to fulfill in the body.

Getting the right amount and mix of these important nutrients is the right

step onwards to success in your sport.

Carbohydrates

The primary fuel for exercising muscles and for high-intensity exercises are

carbohydrates. The athlete’s body needs around 50 to 65% carbohydrates

in his food intake to support training.

Lacking enough carbohydrates causes the body to under-perform and

cannot burn fats as effectively as it should during workouts. It should be the

staple of your diet before, during and after each exercise, including

intervals throughout the day.

Carbohydrates abound in such food as whole grain breads, pasta, brown

rice, oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, potatoes, corn, beans, and low-fat dairy

products.

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These days, many people make do with easily digestible carbohydrates

from sports drinks or gels. Consult your sports nutritionist for the exact

amounts of your carbohydrates requirements.

Proteins

Proteins are important because they build and repair muscles, ligaments,

and tendons – all essentials in becoming a strong athlete.

You can get your proteins from such sources as egg whites, poultry (with

the skin), fish, ground turkey or chicken breast, lean ground beef, game

meat, nuts, tofu and soy milk and low-fat dairy products.

They are more important after workouts than before or during. This is

because proteins help the body repair itself after strenuous activities like

exercises and workouts.

The more you run (or train as an athlete) the more you need proteins to a

point. Your needs depend on how many hours a week you run, or if you are

trying to lose body fat or if you are lifting weights.

Fats

The last food group, fat, helps sustain prolonged exercises at lower

intensities. Our bodies have enough stored fat to fuel prolonged exercise.

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However, fat is difficult to use for quick energy. This is why carbohydrates

are the choice fuel during most exercises.

Athletes need about 20 to 30% of calories from fats. Healthy sources of fats

include fatty fish (salmon for omega 3 fatty acids), nuts and natural peanut

butter, avocado, olive oil, and canola oil.

Unfortunately, most people get too much fat in their diets. What is worse is

that too much of these fat come from unhealthy fats (saturated and

trans-fats from sausages, burgers, French fries, donuts, sweets and many

more).

Correct balance

For an athlete, achieving the right balance of these three all-important food

groups is the first step to fulfill your potential. Your day-to-day diet had to be adjusted accordingly to support your training.

Since everyone is different from the next person, it is important that your

diet is suited to your exact personal body needs. You can only get these

exact data from a nutrition professional how can develop and plan a

personalized nutrition plan for you.

Remember, running (especially competitive running) can be as strenuous

as any other energy use-intensive sports. Your body fuel should not be

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taken lightly.

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How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

Although running barefoot was the preference of many running legends, it

can’t be denied that running shoe is your most important equipment as a

runner. It acts as your first line of defense against any danger and injury,

while helping you achieve your fullest potential. But because running shoes

greatly affect your performance, choosing the best pair should be a careful

process. To help you, here are a few buying tips.

1. Know your foot type. There are three types: neutral-arched, mid-arched

(overpronators), and high-arched (underpronators). One way of identifying

your foot type is by checking your footprint. A neutral-arched foot shows a

distinct curve along the inside of the foot, which connects the heel and the

toe. This type of foot pronates normally, meaning that when the foot lands,

the outside of the feet rolls inwardly in order to absorb shock. The

mid-ached foot, in comparison, rolls far too inward so that the print shows a

slight curve along the outside of the foot.

Mid-arched foot print looks almost like an entire foot; hence, the nickname

flat foot. Among the three, mid-arched foot is the most prone to injuries.

High-arched foot, on the other hand, doesn’t pronate enough, which is why

its print has a very pronounced curve, showing a narrow band that links the

heel and toe. Because the outside of the foot doesn’t evenly roll inward, it

gets much of the stress.

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2. Choose the shoe that is compatible with your foot type. For

neutral-arched foot, stability running shoes are appropriate. Made with

supreme durability and cushioning, stability shoes offer medial support.

Mid-arched foot runs best with motion-control shoes that function to reduce

excessive foot inward rolling. Although quite heavy, they are durable, have

firm midsoles, and adapt a straight shape for support. To promote foot

motion, people with high-arched foot need to wear cushioned shoes. These

have soft midsole and curved or semi-curved shape.

3. Take note of the size. And make sure that the shoes fit you right. Some

runners, however, mistake the appropriate fit for tightness. But with tight

shoes on, you might end up with blisters and black toenails. The shoe with

the right fit has about half-inch space in the toebox, leaving enough room

for the foot when it swells during a run. The best shoe, without cramming it

in, keeps the foot in place so that when you run or walk, the heel does not

slip up or down.

4. Try the running shoes on. Run with them. Jog with them. Walk with them

on a treadmill. In other words, never leave the store without finding how the

shoes work in your feet. To make a better judgment, use the socks you

normally wear when running. Another important point: Try shoes on in the

afternoon, when your feet are in their largest size. And because both feet

have different measurements, one is always larger than the other, make

sure to measure both and go by the size of the larger foot.

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5. Avoid being floored by style. When it comes to running shoes, function

comes before style. So don’t be tempted to buy the handsomest, most

stylish, and latest pair in the market; rather, get the shoes that will most

likely allow you to perform superbly.

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How To Stay Motivated With Running

How To Stay Motivated With Running

As one ignorant non-runner said, running is boring, exhausting, and

sometimes painful. Yet today, running is one of the most popular individual

sports in the world, counting millions and millions of followers.

This number does not even include yet those who are engaged into serious

competitive running. How do they keep themselves motivated and stay at

that?

Loss of motivation

Because it is a solitary performance at most, running sometimes CAN be

boring, exhausting and painful. Some runners (newcomers and veterans

alike) declare that it can be difficult sometimes to stay motivated on a

regular basis.

Loss of motivation is triggered by many things, including boredom, muscle

pains, and most of all, lack of time. Some other times in your running years

you were probably attacked by lack of motivation.

It starts out slow (skipping a run or two) and without your knowing it,

gradually moves to a point where you notice you are not running regularly

anymore.

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Goals

One of the better ways to fight loss of motivation is to set realistic goals.

One of the more common goals to stay motivated is simply to complete a

race.

Choosing your race, training for it, and finally competing in it is another

good source of motivation. Your selection should depend on your personal

goals. If motivation is your only goal, perhaps choosing to compete in those

periodic short races is the best option.

Setting realistic goals is the easiest way for a runner’s motivation to stay up

and intense enough.

Of course, you can always choose your favorite distance (5K or 10K or a

marathon). The choice itself, the thought, and the actual preparations and

the competition proper are enough factors to keep you busy (training) and

motivated (prestige and awards) enough.

Other runners are motivated by setting bigger goals to their training (if

competing) or in just plain running. They set up faster times, or longer

distances as their next goals.

Naturally, they will not get it right the first time. The attempts of bettering

them are very good motivators.

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Variations

Runners can also stay motivated by adding some variety into their program.

They can vary the courses (and terrain) they are running (jogging across

the woods or the tracks), distance, speed and intensity (doing sprints in

straight tracks and jogging in curves) among other things.

Running with a friend (in twos or threes) can sometimes perk up an

otherwise monotonous activity. Thinking of someone going with you on a

run can sometimes be a very good motivation to do it. Working alone

makes staying in bed in a cold morning seems extremely tempting.

Off times

Occasionally, runners have to take some time off from running. This may

look counter-intuitive but it is effective.

One way is doing some cross-training which can also help you stay in

shape other than running. (This is aside from the fact that you DID take

some time off from running.)

Add to your workout schedule a week for every two months perhaps of not

running at all but doing another physical activity of your choice. The break

from running makes you feel recharged and raring to go back running.

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Indoor Running

Indoor Running

Among runners, there are two opposing camps debating on the merits of

running indoors, particularly on top of a treadmill. One faction is very vocal

in its dislike of these manmade contraptions that are very popular

equipments in spas and gyms.

The other group is equally at home running on treadmills as well as doing

their jogging outdoors. These runners do not particularly like one over the

other. Most often, the reason they give on why they use treadmills is

convenience rather than preference.

Treadmills are preferred and popular in smog-filled urban areas and

outdoor running are enjoyed by those in suburban places where smog is

not yet a menace.

Treadmills

There are many reasons given by treadmill users and fans regarding their

preference of the gym’s most-used equipment.

Treadmills are consistent and familiar all throughout. Aside from the safety

factor in running indoors, treadmill users like the familiarity aspect of the

equipment. What is more, you can set the speed and the incline of the

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contraption.

In treadmills, you do not have to worry about rains, extreme heat, or snow.

In the comforts of a closed indoor space, you can work out to your heart’s

content.

You can safely wear your iPods and headphones and listen to your favorite

music while exercising. (For relative safety, use of headphones for music

listening had been discouraged for outdoor runners.)

Running outdoors

On the other side of the discussion, there are runners who will brave the

most inhospitable weather like a heavy downpour rather than run on top of

a treadmill.

For them, the visual stimulation of the sights afforded them during their

runs adds up to the appeal of outdoor running. Some runners who can run

up to 10 miles outdoors get bored after only a couple of miles on a

treadmill.

More treadmill uses

For anti-treadmill runner, there are other ways to make treadmill use more

exciting than usual. One can open some seldom-used controls of the

machine and use them to your advantage.

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One way is to incorporate sprints in your workouts. After warming up for

about 10 minutes in a leisurely pace, increase the speed and do a sprint for

about 2 minutes.

Afterwards, slow the pace and do some jogging for a few minutes until your

heartbeat falls to about 120 beats a minute. Speed up the machine again

and do a sprint for another 2 minutes or so.

Another way is to take advantage of the pre-programmed courses on most

of the new models of treadmills. These courses include several changes in

speed and incline. Runners who have tried them swear they are no different

from those natural elements they meet in outdoor running.

Still another use of the treadmill for runners is to use them to train for faster speeds, say, if you are angling to enter in your local 5K run. Begin by

incorporating short sprint intervals in your treadmill running starting as short

as 30seconds of your desired speed.

Once the 30-seconds intervals become easy gradually elongate these

intervals into longer and longer time frames until you can run the entire

course at this speed.

Who says indoor running is boring?

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List Of Important Running Gears And Accessories

List Of Important Running Gears And Accessories

People say that when you have a good pair of running shoes, you’re good

to go. This is generally true, but if you want to make the most out of your

running experience, you need to invest on some things. Following are some

of the important running gears and accessories that, although not required

to make you a certified runner, can make your running comfortable and

trouble-free.

1. Shorts. Many varieties of running shorts are in the market today, but

there are two that seem to stand out from the rest. One is the compression

tights. Resembling cycling shorts, compression tights are made of fabrics

that fit the body tightly so that when the runner is on the move, the muscles

are held firmly. This compressive feature offers little chance of chafing.

Also a favorite choice among runners, full split shorts have a slit on either

side, which allows for the free movement of the leg. Although split shorts

are typically short in length, they provide runners with unobstructed and

easy stride.

2. Shirt. Gone are the days of cotton shirts. Shirts with wicking quality,

usually made of polyester, are the best choice for running. These types of

shirt absorb sweat from the body and keep the temperature low. Thick,

long-sleeved shirts are recommended for use during the cold climates and

thin, short-sleeved shirts are for warm climates. For extra support and

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comfort, women are advised to wear sports bra.

3. Socks. The best pair of running socks prevents blisters. Other sock

brands also promise to keep the feet dry and in perfect condition even after

running several miles.

4. Reflective vest. When worn, reflective vest keeps the runner visible,

making it very useful to people who run along the roadside or in the dark. It

helps avoid accidents and calls attention when the runner is injured. In

place of a reflective vest, some runners use reflective stickers, reflective

jackets, and LED armbands.

5. Heart rate monitor. This is important to people who like to keep track of

their heart performance and improvements in the pulse. With a chest strap

and wrist unit, heart rate monitor displays information on the heart rate and

calories burned. Depending on the results of the heart rate monitor, a

runner can figure if his training is working and at an appropriate intensity.

6. Running watch. Because of its multiple uses, a running watch is almost a

necessity. It can record distance, time, and pace. Most running watch

models today also a have heart rate monitor function, and those that are

even more advanced have GPS capabilities. GPS watches can monitor

route and distance information, which can be downloaded and stored to

track performance. They are a bit expensive, though.

7. Running belt. One of the important running gears, especially among

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distance runners, running belt carries important items such as phone, keys,

camera, and energy bars and gels. Most running belts are not bulky and do

not bounce and budge while the runner is on the move.

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Losing Weight With Running

Losing Weight With Running

Running is one of the best ways of losing weight, as attested to by many

experts and the hundreds of thousands of runners who had lost weight.

If your immediate goal right now is losing weight, running is one of the best

alternatives. It is almost without cost. It might even be the cheapest weight

loss program bar none.

The doctor

The very first person you have to see and talk about your plan of losing

weight is your doctor. Only he would know for sure everything about you,

your body, your health and the things that may be good or bad for you.

After you get your doctor’s permission, begin to implement your plan of

losing weight through running – gradually at first. For some, walking for a

short period of time is a good start.

Walking will first help you improve your cardiovascular health. After which,

you may begin to do some slow jogging. Follow this up with running after a

time.

Your body needs to be familiar with the new regular activity. Your trainer

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and your doctor could give you a timetable.

Slow and gradual

Once you are into regular running according to plan, you do not do sprints

right away in the hope of losing weight faster. Also wrong would be to

overdo the length or the time limit of your running, again in the hope of

losing weight faster.

Starting out slow and gradual in your running program can give you the

room to modify, change, or scrap some parts of your program until you are

comfortable and satisfied with it.

Changes

Changing your workout routine is one very important consideration in your

weight loss program. To those who do not understand this, there is a big

tendency that runners might abandon their running routine at this time.

After some time when a runner had already been deep into his running

program, the body stops losing weight.

The simple explanation is that the body readily adapts to any new situation

and can become accustomed to a running program. By this time, the body

becomes very efficient and only requires fewer calories to do the same

amount of work.

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The unfortunate side effect is that the body stops losing weight as well.

After weeks of running, and after losing some amount of weight, you may

find that your weight loss slows down. Sometime later, you will notice that

your weight stays as is, unable to lose a single pound.

One way to resolve this is to vary the distance, length or intensity of your

running. You may increase the length to about 3 to 4 miles, or lengthening

the time each day, or perhaps running at a faster pace.

Doing this can challenge the muscles anew. The body cannot become

more efficient and has to burn some calories to complete the new

additional requirement.

In addition, you can help challenge the body by doing some changes in

your diet. A potent combination in losing weight is increased activity levels

and dietary changes.

All in all, keep to your schedule and your program. After a while, your

weight goal can be achieved and you will stile enjoy the activity of running.

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Nutrition And Running