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Healthy Ways To Start Incorporating Running into Your Health & Fitness Routine

 

 

I have been fascinated with running for a long time, and like most runners I am always looking for ways to run better and faster. If you are just starting to get into running and it is kind of an on and off thing, you might want to consider all the health benefits.

What Running Can Do For You

Newsmax says running is not all about speed. The health benefits of running click in right from the start for new runners who may only run fifteen minutes at a time. Those same researchers also say runners, on average, live about three years longer than non-runners.

The researchers also post a very real caution that running tends to generate more possibilities for injury than walking. But either way, running or walking can help with weight control, muscle strength, lung health and an overall sense of well-being.

If running is all new for you, be sure to check in with your doctor first to discuss the issue and avoid injuries.

Smart Ways To Run Faster

If you are among the seasoned runners who are always out there, you probably know what’s important. But Lifehack has posted some reminders on how to pick up speed.

Be sure to fuel your body with carbs and protein, stay hydrated, consider drinking coffee before a run to build speed and endurance, cool down with stretches to relieve tight muscles and prepare for the next run, and use a foam roller to massage tight muscles. Depend on regular yoga sessions to back up your running, relaxing muscles and shoulders, soothing back pain and opening up tightness in the hips.

Fitness Magazine suggests yoga’s Downward Dog. Start on hands and knees with palms in front of shoulders. Tuck toes under and lift knees off floor. Pull hips up and back away from your hands. Keep knees bent and press down into your hands. Pull up on your arms and shift your weight onto your legs. Lift thighs up as your heels go back and down to straighten your knees. Hold for five to ten breaths. Lightly lower knees back to floor.

Upward Facing Dog. Face floor lie on your stomach. Bend elbows and place hands on mat in line with lower ribs, wrists aligned under elbows. Reach legs back and press tops of feet down on floor. Press down into hands and straighten arms pulling chest up toward ceiling and lifting fronts of thighs and hips from floor. Take a few breaths and roll back down.

 

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