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Want to make running a part of your fitness regimen but don't know where to begin? These 10 tips should help you get up, out and running!
Stirring our resting muscles and joints into sudden high-intensity action makes injury likely. A 15-minute pre-workout warm-up with cardio, dynamic stretching, and strength drills raises the body temperature, boosts blood circulation, lubricates the joints, and prepares the brain for intense activity. This boosts your flexibility and endurance and prevents side stitches as well as other bone and muscle injuries.
Warming up before running stimulates blood circulations, enhances endurance and flexibility, and decreases the risk of injuries. Start with brisk walking and toe and heel walking. Move on to jogging for short strides. Finish up with dynamic stretches like front and lateral lunges, hip circles, skipping, and high knees.
Hold static stretches for 10-20 secs only at the end of a workout, not when your muscles are cold at the start. Don’t exhaust your core. Warm up your entire body. Mountain climbers, lateral steps, high knee pulls, crab walks, jumping jacks, shadow boxing, arm circles, butt kickers, walking – will help get your heart pumping and your blood flowing for an injury-free workout.
Here's a challenging set of exercises that combine running and walking along with strength exercises. Focused on building cardio endurance that are clubbed with very short intervals of isometric stability holds. A word of caution these will get tough as the heart rate increases.
Sprint uphill on the balls of your feet, upper body leaning forward, high knees, arms bent. Ensure you're fit enough to do hill sprints. Get fit first if you're not. Warm up before sprints, rest enough between sprints, spread workouts over the week. Start with 10-15 min workouts with 70% intensity; gradually increase duration. Sprint downhill only if you're in good shape.
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Most of us hate warm-ups. But here are some key benefits that will help change your mind. A warm up loosens stiff, cold muscles and gets your joints, tendons and ligaments ready for load-bearing. It gradually brings up your heart rate and helps prevent injuries and muscle soreness, later. And most importantly a warm up prepares you mentally to kickstart you workout.
Start your workout with water walking to prepare the joints. Forward and backwards for 2 mins, followed by lateral marching traveling sideways across the pool for 2 mins and walk in a circle clockwise and counterclockwise 2 mins. Try Warrior I and Warrior II poses and variations underwater to improve whole body flexibility and strength.
Creamy Cauliflower Soup: Sauté 2 tsp chopped garlic, 2 cups chopped leeks and ¼ tsp of salt for 3 mins on a saucepan with 2 tbs olive oil. Add chopped cauliflower and sauté for a min. Add 7 cups of vegetable broth and bring to boil then simmer for 30 min. Switch off the heat and let it cool. Add ¼ cup raw unsalted cashews, blend until smooth and enjoy.
Includes 20 secs of bodyweight Squats, 20 secs of Push-Ups, 20 secs of Mason Twists, 20 secs of Burpees, 20 secs of Diamond Push-Ups, 20 secs Vertical Crunches, 20 secs of Clock Lunges and 20 secs of Mountain Climbers. Between every exercise take a quick 10 sec rest. This gives faster results than 60 mins of cardio at the gym.
Don't disregard pain - you should feel no twitch or pain around the knee area. If you do, stop and re-align. Warm up - knee pain could be a result of hips area lacking flexibility. Warm up before your yoga exercise. Use your feet - pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Micro bend your knees - give your knees a little bend without locking them. Use props.
You can actually burn some calories and deal with the household chores. Just walking back and forth your home and organizing can contribute to your cleaning workout. Vacuuming is a high energy chore that can be compared to brisk walking. Achieve maximum results by cleaning for at least 20 minutes, because this is the required time for the body to start burning fat. When it comes to workouts, nothing can compare to car washing. It will keep you moving for at least an hour and will really work your arms.