We hope your training has got off to a great start in 2013!
Do you run to get fit or take part in 5K, 10K races and half marathons? Gym Manager Caroline has put together her Top 5 Tips for Running.
- HOW FAST?
One common mistake runners make is to run too fast. For weight loss especially, it is better to run slower and longer than to run fast for a short period of time. Start slow and gradually build up.
- WHICH SHOES?
Making sure you have the correct running form is vital to avoid injury and ensure you are running as effectively as you could be. The correct running shoes are designed to promote good running form so make sure you are wearing a good pair of running trainers. If you are unsure about your form then one of our gym instructors will be happy to have a look at you whilst you are on a treadmill.
- HOW OFTEN?
Don’t run every day, your body needs recovery time. Most experts recommend running 3 to 4 days a week, any more and you do not give your body time to recover and get stronger as your body actually strengthens your muscles on your non-running days.
- DON’T JUST RUN
It is important that your body isn’t conditioned for just one discipline. All round fitness is much better for you and your body as well as enhancing your performance. If you can run for 10 miles but struggle to do 10 sit ups your overall fitness will suffer and therefore your running will too.
- WORK YOUR CORE!
Weak core muscles will affect your overall performance. Your core is your stabilizer and if it is not conditioned to support you during training it will hinder your progression.
Caroline Riddall, Personal Trainer, Caversham Health & Fitness