A few more tips for running today, inspired by the Beginners Guide to Running. For some, running is not a great method of improving fitness. However, if you enjoy running, have to do it for a test or want to complete a distance race for any reason (this one is me), then it definitely works as a means to an end.
For those who already run, a lot of what I write here will be preaching to the choir, but for newbies, or those who haven’t really perfected their style, there may be something a little useful.
Stretching before a run is BAD. It adds extra strain on your muscles and increases the chance of injury. By conducting a good warm up before starting a workout, you will gain more benefit from the workout, and recover faster and easier at the end.
Learning ~how~ to run is a key component of reducing the chance of injury and maintaining a more effective stride. There is a large following of “barefoot” running. While this may fill many with fear, with issues arising from glass, grit and general street-found-nasties, have no fear. As opposed to wearing cushioned high-tech running shoes, which can lead to loss of strength in stabiliser muscles and tendons in the foot, consider wearing specific barefoot running shoes. The market is large, with products ranging from trainer-style footwear to what is effectively gloves for feet…
Adapting to a barefoot running style is useful, as any runner will find their form moving towards a toe-first style. Although this is better for the individual, it is also important to realise that after potentially some time of running in highly technical running shoes, muscles will be worked within the foot and ankle which have not been exercised in quite a while. It is important to start at the low level and work up to it, dealing with the new aches as you go.
Running For Weight Loss
The most important part of any weight loss programme is still healthy eating. I am still quite early in my programme so luckily, with the amount of weight I have to lose, the calorific burn from exercise is sufficient. Eventually I know, I will have to drastically adjust my diet to continue weight loss. With this is also the other way to increase calorific burn. Weight training, as mentioned a few days ago, continues to build calorie burning cells, increasing overall the number of calories which can be burnt.