There are few things in life that get our heart pumped, running is one of them. To be an effective runner, there are lots of things to consider: the right sneakers, the right outfit, the right location (other than the treadmill If you’re a running enthusiast, you’ve probably got it all figured out. In this post, we are going to discuss some simple yet crucial points that will ensure you’re making the most of your runs. Without further ado, here are five tips by URstore for you:
1. Maintain a proper diet.
You are what you eat and that’s even more true in running. If you eat too little you won’t have the stamina needed to do the miles. If you eat too much, you will suffer from cramps. More importantly, the right diet will lead to an ideal eight for racing. You can now watch your weight very closely with a food scale and an activity monitor like fitbit. Simply put, follow the axiom of ‘calories in, calories out.’ Watch your calorie intake and maintain workout schedule accordingly. This is a good way of tracking your progress as well.
2. Keep yourself hydrated.
Ensure you’re having a good amount of water as well as other healthy beverages such as coconut water. The key to proper hydration is to keep a balance, don’t overdo it because in worst case scenarios overconsumption of water has proved fatal. Carry a stainless steel water bottle and stock your fridge with unsweetened coconut water.
3. Mix up your workout.
One sure way of sustaining injuries while running is by not doing any other type of workout. Due to repetitive use of the same muscle groups, you can expose your body to a high risk of injury. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of stretching before and after every run. According to FitDay.com, “stretching after a workout helps to reduce muscle fatigue. When you stretch after a workout, your muscles are warm and you benefit from increased blood circulation.”
4. Maintain consistency and discipline.
Write out a plan and stick to it. Whether it’s an hour a day or whatever your goal is, it helps to write it down. As you follow your daily regimen, it will help you build consistency. Mix high intensity and low intensity running modes to build speed and endurance. It helps to have running buddies to motivate you and keep you company.
5. Dress right.
From shoes to accessories such as headband and smart watch, shirt and trousers, make sure you put some thought into what you will wear during workout session. It’s important to be comfortable in your gear and oftentimes wearing the right shoes is crucial for injury prevention