As 2017 draws to a close, ending with it is everyone’s unhealthy eating habits, non-existent gym routines and over-indulgent lifestyle choices. At least, that’s what we like to think. Far-fetched New Year resolutions will be the order of the day, and, if all goes to plan, we will all be super fit, clean eating machines just in time for summer. Alas, if only! Temptation can often lead us astray in our quest for the ‘perfect’ body, and that’s without considering the hefty price-tag that comes with top-of-the-range gym memberships and organic superfoods.
Here at Physicool, we decided to put the spotlight on a sport that might just have the answer to all your prayers. Running. While it can’t help to control what goes in your mouth, a healthy relationship with exercise will motivate you to eat clean. Running is free, sociable, and it gets you outside; so what’s the catch? The catch is that there is no catch, and if a healthier lifestyle is something you’re looking for in 2018 then it could just be the way forward – quite literally! We’ve created a guide that first of all looks at the reasons to run for those that still need convincing, and secondly, looks at how you can stick at running regularly for those who mean well but can often be led astray.
Reasons to run…
- It’s an aerobic, cardio-focussed exercise which makes for a great way to stay active.
- There are many variations of training, be it HIIT, sprints, hill-sets or distance runs suitable for every ability.
- A morning run adds structure to your day and allows you to start in a positive, mind-clearing manner.
- There really is no can’t when it comes to running. Everyone has the ability to do so, and it is the commitment to the sport that determines ability rather than natural talent.
- An outside sport that, in most cases, will allow you to experience more of your local surroundings and reconnect with nature. There have been countless studies and investigations that prove that exercising outdoors is more beneficial than any indoor alternatives.
- Running can be a sociable sport to catch up with old friends, or join your local running club and make some new ones!
- They say the best things in life are free, and that’s never been truer than when it comes to running. Reap all the benefits of being active without compromising your funds for an exotic holiday.
- Run the world – quite literally! If you get into it, running can take you anywhere and everywhere and will allow you to experience new places and cultures in their purest form.
- Soak up the pre-race atmosphere. If you find yourself entering 5K, 10K, half-marathon and even marathon races, the vibes at the start line are nothing short of addictive.
- Running is a fat-burning exercise that means you will have to compensate for a higher carb intake, so think only carbs before Marbs this summer. Did someone say pasta?
…And How to Keep Running
- Run with a friend. While you may swap your 6am start with a lazy morning in bed, you will be much less inclined to do so if you have one of your nearest and dearest waiting around in the cold for you.
- Set yourself targets. Whether it’s a target time at your local park run or entering a milestone race such as a half marathon, the motivation to stick at training will make sure you keep at it.
- Find out what works best for you through trial and error. For some that might be a strict regime that is the same week-in, week-out, establishing a structure for you to adhere to. Others prefer a more laidback approach, running when they get a window or when they feel like it. There is no right or wrong answer, and each has its own benefits.
- Diversify your routes. Use running to explore your local area and beyond to keep your surroundings interesting.
- Most communities in the UK will now have a Park Run, whereby every Saturday morning, the local running community hit the local park for a free timed 5K. Anyone is welcome, and it’s a great way of measuring your progress.
- You’ll soon find that regular training runs will cause you to be more selective about what you eat. Foods that are high in slow-release energy are a priority, as are carbs and proteins, so always be aware of the ways you can better your diet.
- Drink as much water as possible to stay fully hydrated while running regularly.
- Trade short drives for training runs. You’ll see a decrease in fuel costs and in your own impact on the environment…every little helps!
- If you like to listen to music while you run, create the ultimate, feel-good playlist that you look forward to tuning in to.
- If you get an injury, be sure to leave an appropriate rest period before running again. Running will only complicate borderline injuries, and it’s not worth the heartache they could cause you afterwards. Here at Physicool, we have lots of runner’s knee recovery solutions that can get you back to training ASAP.
We hope this blog has given you some inspiration on why running could be top of your new year’s resolution list, along with the best ways you can stick at it in 2018. Do you have any hints and tips that could be handy for runners, both aspiring and experienced? Share them with us via our social media channels!