Weight loss or just looking for the best cardio workout? Irrespective of what your fitness goals are I am sure running is the first exercise that comes to mind for most of us but running isn’t just restricted to treadmills or the gym or even the trails. If you really want to take your performance up a notch you’ll have to be different. So here’s what you can do, newbies must read this.
Find the right recovery mode
To stay consistent with any training routine proper recovery is a must and by that I do not always mean sleep. Recovery is especially helpful for runners in rehab after serious injuries. So what should you be doing?
Well I often hit the pool after a hard run or on my off days. Some aqua jogging, light swimming combined together with treading, stretching etc. boosts recovery and also keeps me refreshed and ready for the upcoming run. To learn aqua jogging see guide below.
Maintain a positive attitude
How well you perform physically is directly connected to your mentality and thus staying positive throughout your training is important. For this I would recommend you train and spend time around positive and helpful folks that have a similar mind-set.
Don’t limit the positive attitude just to your training and make it a part of your lifestyle. A healthy mind will result in a healthy body.
Get a Massage
Once in a while we all love to be pampered but massage isn’t simply about that. In fact it’s one of the best ways to boost recovery and rid the body of any niggling aches or sprains. You can either have it done by professional or opt for self-massage.
This can be done with a help of a foam roller or even a lacrosse ball. I usually use rollers to loosen up tight and sore quads while balls are great for the glutes, lower back etc. Here’s how you can do it with a foam roller.
Try a new exercise
Like I mentioned above, running isn’t always about just running. In order to build speed and efficiency you need to perform speed enhancing drills and workout. These are usually done after a warm-up and before you train.
These help as they integrate the muscle fiber that running misses out on. So after your warm do perform some skips, high knees, leg swings etc. to get the blood pumping.
Change your diet
No, your regular cheese burgers and pizzas won’t cut it anymore. To be professional runner a good nutritional diet is a must. Hydration is of equal importance and thus I would recommend you drink water at regular intervals.
Post your runs focus more on getting the right proteins and carbs. A regular milk shake or even a banana is a great choice for an instant energy boost. Those in favor of supplements should check out the guide below.