Cardio isn't hardio if you incorporate awesome outdoor scenery, beautiful weather, and some awesome running gear into your workouts! I used to hate the monotony of running, but I'm learning to love it more and more and seeing awesome changes in my endurance and stamina. I currently do cardio once a week, and try to run outside on nice days. Here are some tips to making running fun and stick with your schedule!
Wearing Brooks Dash 1/2 zip (top) and Revel (shoes)
Tip #1: Dynamic Stretches Before and Static Stretches After Your Run
Often you see runners doing static stretches before their run. I always wondered about this, so I asked a marathon runner if it's necessary. I also read through some articles in popular running magazines and discovered that most people don't need to do static stretches before running. The best thing to do is dynamic stretches such as high knees before your run to get you ready, and then after your workout, static stretches are great!
Tip #2: Build Endurance Gradually
Part of the reason I used to hate running so much is because I decided to try a half marathon a few months after I had started running. The experience was so tough that I stopped running for years after that. It's much better to build your distance and endurance slowly so that your body can get used to running longer distances over a period of time.
Wearing Brooks Chaser 3" Shorts
Tip #3: Choose the right shoes
Cushion and arch support are crucial to having a running shoe that fits properly and won't cause pain during your runs. The last thing you want to think about is how much your shoes hurt with every stride! I've found the perfect shoes by Brooks on the Zappos website, and they have the perfect arch support for me. The Zappos site has so many different options for a wide variety of athletic shoes to choose from.
Another thing I did was to do a foot analysis to determine what kind of support I need. It was determined that I have high arches, so I definitely need the right shoes.
Tip #4: Stay Hydrated
It's so easy to keep running and forget to hydrate! I always remember to hydrated before beginning my run. If i'm feeling tired or dehydrated during my run, I always stop and be sure to grab a drink or bottle of water. It's easy to forget and hydration is essential especially on a hot day!
Wearing Brooks Distance tank
Tip #5: Wear the Right Clothes
Having running gear that keeps you dry especially for those hot days is essential for optimal health! I love gear that is sweat-wicking like these shorts from Brooks. What I also love about them is the hidden pocket - I always make sure my shorts or leggings have hidden pockets for my keys and other essential items.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and that you have an awesome workout on your next run!
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