"I didn't know you were into running," my grandpa said over the phone as I recovered on the couch a few hours after the race. "I didn't either," I replied, laughing. Others expressed similar surprise that the "gym girl" had now turned into a runner.
Like the old expression to kill two birds with one stone (sorry birds), adding mindfulness to exercise helps you boost both your mental and physical fitness at the same time. And exercising mindfully helps you get in the zone, making exercise easier, more enjoyable and energizing.
Spring is on its way so, regardless of what sporting or exercise activity you participate in, if you want to be successful and get the most out of your performance, start from the bottom up. Yes, feet first!
Compulsivity plus injury equals a challenging equation for both athlete and physician. Addressing this with athletes is a delicate balance. Education is critical for not only validating their doubts but also strengthening one's alliance with the athlete and the compliance with training alterations.
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to become a runner, here are some tips to help you set off on the right foot. There is a ton of information out there on how to do it the "right way," and I'd argue that you have to find the way that works best for you!
I highly recommend squeezing into those lycra leggings, dusting off your cap, and slipping on a slicker with some upbeat tunes and going out for a jog in the rain! You too may feel refreshed and energized!
If you fell off the training wagon this summer, don't fret, there is still hope for a great race day! As long as you have a reasonable foundation of fitness, you can prepare for a race in about a month's time -- and steer clear of injury in the process.
Runner or non-runner, whichever you call yourself, I've been there. And I think I've finally figured out that whole label thing. When running is fun -- when, even when it's hard, it comes easy -- that's when you feel like a runner.
It's fall, the light is pretty, and the air is crisp -- a perfect cocktail for exploring woods or hills. But remember, this isn't like pavement. Before you head out, heed these expert tips to avoid injury and fatigue.
It is too soon to tell the most ideal landing and running patterns. Each person's genetic makeup is unique as is their biomechanical alignment. Thus, I believe it is important to try to use a few basic tenets to help prevent injury.