This article was published on September 23rd, 2013
Whether you are just starting out as a runner or you’ve covered hundreds of kilometres of asphalt, here are 10 quick running tips…
- Relax Your Grip – Your hands should be nice and relaxed, not in tight fists. You should be able to hold a potato chip in your hand without breaking it while you run.
- Front to Back – Your legs move front to back, and so should your arms. Many inexperienced runners seem to have the idea that arms go side-to-side – bad! Get full momentum by moving your arms in the same direction as your legs!
- Run at Lunch – Give running at lunch a try. In the winter it’s the time of day with the most sunlight. You can also get a quick break for work and it’s a great way from eating a bit lunch.
- Stay Motivated – The best way to get motivated is to join a running club and to sign-up for a race. The race part will keep you focused on a goal and a running club will keep you accountable to your training.
- Technology Not Required – While heart rate monitors, GPS, calorie counters, pedometers, and tons of other gadgets and apps area available, they aren’t required. Just listen to your body and enjoy your run. Your body will tell you when it’s ready to go or ready to slow.
- Enjoy Food – Yes, runners need to enjoy food, and a big variety. Try at least one new healthy food a week. Pick a different vegetable or fruit from the produce section. Maintaining a well balanced diet is important.
- Stretch It Out – After any run, even just a few kilometers, it’s important to stretch. You never know what muscle is going to start aching because it was over worked or didn’t cool down properly.
- Bath Time – Relax in a hot bath with the magical healing powers of Epsom salts. The naturally draw out any toxins from the body, help muscles heal, and it’ll help increase blood flow to your aching muscles.
- Enjoy a Massage – Massages are great after a run because it helps stretch out the muscles and re-align them. IT bands are a common complaint, but the upper body and feel also need the touch of a talented sports massage therapist who can do wonders. Besides, isn’t that what extended medical coverage is for?
- Get Some Sleep – Sleep is incredibly important. It helps the body recover and heal. Training while the body is exhausted just burns calories but doesn’t help the body become stronger, which is the whole point of training. So go to bed early, sleep in, or take lots of naps. No matter how you do it, just find the time to get some shut-eye.