Educate on something you know lots about or are good at.
I immediately thought of running.
I am not an elite runner, people.
And I'm not a trainer.
So, this is my disclaimer:).
This is what works for me.
Always consult a doctor before implementing/altering/changing a workout routine.
I run a lot.
And I love it. It is the only thing that really keeps my booty in shape.
Everything else I've tried comes in second. My body just responds the best to running.
It keeps me fit. I can still catch my running kids.
I am pretty sure I could outrun a hoard of zombies. If that were ever necessary.
Here are a few tips.
Again, these are just little things I have found helpful in my running experience.
1. Get good running shoes.
The first priority here should not be how "cute" they are. That should be second or third:). I always look for the lightest shoe I can find. And I usually buy two or three pairs, in case Nike (my favorite brand) does something funky to them or changes the next 'release' into something I don't like as much. So, I always have backups:). I like Nike Free And Nike Lunar sneaks.
2. If you want faster mile times, work on your times from the back of the run forward.
I always run 4 or more miles on a treadmill run and at least 3 miles if outside. To work on 'faster runs'~ running the entire mileage faster~ I work on speed during the last half of my run. If I am comfortably at 4 miles at speed 7.5mph, then I start running my last two miles at 7.7mph for a few days. After I run this mileage/speed comfortably, I *BEGIN* my run at that speed~ 7.7mph for the first half. Second half moves up to 7.8/8.0 mph. Eventually, over the period of a month, I am easily running all my miles faster (I always warm up at 7.7mph with the first mile; my last three are 8+mph). For my own body, this leans me out much much more than running 6 or 7 miles slowly.
3. “Think Easy, Light, Smooth, and Fast. You start with easy, because if that’s all you get, that’s not so bad. Then work on light. Make it effortless… When you’ve practiced that so long that you forget you’re practicing, you work on making it smooooooth. You won’t have to worry about the last one – you get those three, and you’ll be fast.” This past fall I read Born to Run. Awesome book. This is what stuck with me from it. Best running advice I ever received.
4. Try interval running here and there.
It is harder. It actually sucks in every way. But it will burn more fat. It will lean you out a bit. And it might not take as much jumping and yelling and stuffing and lunging to get into a pair of skinny jeans. (That's just my own experience talking:)
5. Run because you can.
Not everyone has two legs. Not everyone has two legs that work. Not everyone has even the basic, often unappreciated, blessing of health~ so what do I do with that thought? I don't sit on the couch. I get off my bum and appreciate my own abilities and blessings by sustaining my health and body. Any other response would feel wrong.
I completely understand that some people cannot run. Issues with knees, backs, asthma, etc.~ those circumstances make some exercises inappropriate and even dangerous. But for those of you who have either thought of trying it out, run here and there, or even run lots~ maybe one or two of these 5 things are of interest or helpful. I am not a professional or a doctor...but for me, they kinda work;).
What do you do for exercise?
What is one tip you find works for you?
I love reading about other people's workouts~ weird, but true!
So feel free to share and help me out, too:)!!