There are many different types of runners out there. Whether they are recreational runners or competitive runners, their thoughts are similar–that exercise is medicine and running is therapy. The benefits of running far outweigh the risks in terms of improving our overall health, especially for our heart, lungs, bones, muscles, and brain. Running can help to reduce stress, lower cholesterol levels, aid in weight loss, boost the immune system, and improve your mood. So what’s the issue, since millions of people worldwide exercise by running?
Would you like to make better, more educated, and more informed decisions regarding your health? Are you tired of relying on pain pills, have been told you would benefit from painful injections, or worse, been told that surgery is your only option? Are you looking for a permanent solution to eliminate your pain so you can live better and get back to normal? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then I have great news for you, and it’s absolutely free!!.
You can’t escape them. Try watching a college or pro basketball or football game, or a race starting line as well without spotting compression garments. Betcha can’t! Full-length leggings, knee-high socks, tight sleeves in a multitude of colors on almost every competitor.
The claims are very impressive. According to the manufacturers, compression garments can perform a variety of functions, including increasing blood flow, speeding recovery, and the biggie…improving athletic performance! But what does science say? And is this type of clothing really advantageous for the casual gym-goer?
In Part 1, I listed 9 Reasons Why You Should Be Strength Training. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. Still not convinced of the benefits and think that by simply performing cardio you’re maximizing your health and welfare? Well, here are 9 additional reasons why you should be strength training.
Maybe you wanted to lose some weight. Maybe you just wanted to tone up. And just maybe you wanted to be able to go for long runs . So you went to the gym and spent an hour or more on the treadmill…and/or the elliptical…and/or the stepper. And you’re proud of yourself because you’ve been sticking to your healthy meal plan. But all is not right…the weight’s just not dropping like you thought, or you’re having trouble completing your running because of nagging injuries. And you rack your brain, maybe blame your genetics for having “slow” metabolism. But truth be told, maybe you’re missing something critical…like strength training.
I’m sure most of you have experienced it. You’re halfway through an enjoyable run, or nearing the finish line of a race, or just a few minutes into your early morning run when it hits you–the awful side stitch. Pain that can range from a dull cramp to a sharp, stabbing, piercing sensation and on either side of the abdomen. And according to recent statistics, close to 70% of runners have experienced a side stitch within the past year. Thankfully, there are several strategies you can use to help ease cramps, as well as preventative measures to keep them from occurring in the first place.
In Part 1 of “12 Ways To Increase Your Running Speed,” I listed 12 ways that you could have a better, faster, harder, and stronger workout. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. Here are 12 more ways to consider to increase your running speed.
1) Strength Training–I’ve mentioned it previously on several other blog posts. I’m not saying to take up bodybuilding, but stronger, leaner muscles will certainly help you to attain a new PR. Just 2 to 3 short training sessions a week can have significant positive impact.
So you want to be able to run faster? Then you have to practice running fast! Here are 12 ways to have a stronger, faster workout. Who knows…maybe you’ll even set a new PR!
1) Use Proper Running Form–You must be able to run correctly, which is the key to running at any speed. Keep the upper body tall, yet relaxed. Land on the mid-foot with knees slightly bent and drawing the arms back at close to 90 degrees. Drive your heel toward your butt on your follow-through. Step with your foot landing under your hip. Steps should be soft and springy–gravity and a slight forward lean create forward propulsion. Make sure that you ease into this form…the body takes time to adapt.