Training For My Marathon

Marathoners say that the race is divided into two parts: the first twenty miles, and the last six.  Those wondering how best to approach training for my marathon should consider that they need to optimize their endurance above all else, eliminating as much drag on their bodies while boosting their heart’s ability to do work over the span of several hours.  While there is nothing wrong with stopping for a breather in a marathon, doing the entire race from start to finish is one of the greatest accomplishments one can achieve.

Keep Yourself Moving

Running over a s4hort distance is easy, but as soon as you get to the point where your body is uncomfortable, you begin to drag down.  Your legs turn from windmills into slow plodding clumps, your arms fall, and your head slumps.  Keeping yourself up and moving is the most important way to minimize the energy loss.  Keeping your head up, without turning from side to side or behind you, reduces the energy you put out.  Pumping your arms with as much range of motion as your legs lets your body run faster and farther.  Picking up both legs as you run, finally, allows you to preserve momentum.

Go High, Go Low

Training to run twenty-six miles is not about running twenty-six miles every day.  Instead, you want to train your endurance like an accordion: contracting outward and inward in ever-increasing figures.  On a training week, you may only run ten miles the first day, then twelve, then fifteen, then twenty, and then back down.  Come race day, your marathon will be a new high, just like any other training day.  This reduces the tear on your body and ensures that you are not approaching the starting line with blisters and pulled muscles that would affect performance.

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How To Train For Trail Running

3Trail running is a kind of sports almost similar to track running and road running only that it involves hiking and running in the wilderness. This kind of sports takes place mostly in mountains and rough terrain. Compared to cross country running, one can say that trail running is not well governed as opposed to cross country competitions which is governed by the IAAF. The sport tests the endurance and fitness level of a participant as well as his ability to run for long distances in the wilderness.

To be able to participate in such a competition, you must be well prepared. Training often starts over three months into the competition and it involves training both indoors and outdoors. Running off road can be exhausting at first but as you go further into training, you will get the gist of it and find it easy to move around in the rough terrain.

You will need to use every part of our body to keep you moving. Your mind will be your most important tool during such times. You will need to stay focused and find ways to be in touch with the rhythm of the wilderness. You must also change your diet to healthy one. During your training, you will need to drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated.

One other important thing to always remember is to purchase the right gear for the trail running. This also applies to your training gear. Wear the right clothing, always carry a running hat and sunglasses to protect your face from the hot sun and carry sun protection and bug spray to keep you protected from dangerous bugs. Always have a hydration and a small first aid kit, a map, cell phone and a compass if necessary. All these should be carried in a backpack.

As much as trail running may sound like a difficult activity to engage in, it is important to note that it is one of the best ways an individual can choose to enjoy the outdoors and at the same time keep fit.

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What Are The Best Weight Loss Supplements?

Losing weight is often a frustrating process.  Many people find that they just cannot lose weight as quickly as they initially anticipated.  Thankfully, there is a way to speed up the weight loss process.

Weight Loss and Supplements

Weight loss supplements boost the immune system and reduce hunger.  As a result, the dieter feels fuller for longer periods of time.  This usually leads to dieters consuming less calories overall.  Reducing caloric intake is important as dieters need to consume less calories than they burn in order to lose weight.  It is also worth noting that supplements also increase the rate that the body burns calories.

2What Are the Best Weight Management Supplements?

Listed below are some of the most effective weight loss supplements.

-  CLA reduces body fat and increases muscle retention.

-  Raspberry ketones speed up the metabolism and help the body break down fat molecules.

-  Fucoxanthin helps the metabolism and breaks down fat.

-  Green tea speeds up the fat burning process and suppresses the appetite

-  Omega 3 converts carbohydrates to fat and reduces insulin levels in the body.  This results in the body using fat for fuel as opposed to insulin.

- Green Coffee Bean Extract is one that boosts your metabolism and slows the release of glucose.

Dieters should be aware that supplements are not miracle weight loss products.  While they may aid weight loss, there are other factors that contribute to losing and gaining weight.  If a person has a high calorie diet and sedentary lifestyle, no amount of supplements will help them lose weight.

Ideally, dieters will be on a sensible diet which limits their calorie intake.  This combined with regular exercise will result in weight loss.  Those who add supplements to the mix will lose more weight in a shorter time.  For example, most dieters lose 1 pound a week.  Supplements may increase this figure to 2 to 3 pounds per week.

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How To Swim Faster

1Whether you are competing in a race or whether you just want to shave a few seconds off of your time at the nearest pool, the key to how to swim faster comes down to two major points.  The first is form and the second is endurance.  Once you put in some time working on these two components, you are sure to be able to swim in any position at a faster rate.

What Is Form?

One of the great things about swimming is that it is one of the only forms of exercise that allows you to work out your entire body, since you utilize every muscle group in order to propel yourself forward when you swim.  As such, you need all your muscle groups working together in order to properly move through the water.  Having correct form, or the order of motion, is crucial for accelerating when swimming and getting to a faster cruising speed.  The most common issue of swimmer’s form is that they do not use their legs, either kicking too little or too wide.  Your legs need to be the main proponents of thrust when you swim.  Make sure that you are kicking high enough on a forward stroke that your entire ankle leaves the water, and wide enough on a back stroke that your knees come up to a ninety degree angle.

Endurance For Swimming

You might think that you would swim faster if your muscles were stronger.  This is only the case, however, in a sprint.  Over the long haul, you swim faster by increasing your endurance rather than burst strength.  Conditioning exercises will increase endurance and only require your body and gravity.  Sit against a wall, using your thighs to hold you up, to build up lower body strength.  Put your hands out straight to increase upper body strength.  Do these exercises each day until your muscles are exhausted.

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