Infants crawl, eventually becoming toddlers. At this stage, these few steps develop to faster leaps considered as running. It can be concluded, therefore, that humans are innately born to be runners based on the complexity of their physiological and anatomical structures. Our ancestors once had to hunt and gather for their food, and all they had to rely on was their bodies to complete their tasks.
Here are some facts about running and some tips on how you can continue to be injury-free as you enjoy your run:
1. Running is great for weight loss
Other sports like swimming and biking are not to be disregarded regarding health benefits, but fitness trainers from Trophy Fitness Club emphasize all these activities as complementary cardio exercises. Nevertheless, for the body conscious and those who have not developed the skills to swim and bike properly, running is the best exercise for them. Running burns more calories compared to swimming and biking. For example, a 10.9 mph running pace can burn as much as 1,000 calories for an average-built adult. Moreover, 30 minutes or more of continuous jogging allows reserved fats used as fuel for the muscles for energy in support of calories.
2. Stretch before you run, but do it with tact
A common myth widely believed for the prevention of cramps, muscle, and joint injuries is that you must stretch before any exercise. But before you follow, consider this: when you put a rubber band in the refrigerator, you cannot only pull it out of the fridge and stretch it out. You must allow some time for it to recover its form and texture; otherwise, you will end up breaking the entire rubber band.
Stretching is necessary, but it is crucial for you to warm up or do some light exercises before stretching. You must do this because doing some exercises before stretching lessens the possibility of you having injuries. And do not skip warming up and stretching altogether. You must avoid delving into doing your primary activity without giving your body the time to get on its toes first.
3. Long-distance runs develop endurance and stamina
If you do the same running exercises (i.e., pace, distance, and duration) every day, you won’t see any significant improvements with your weight loss and skill upgrade efforts. You have to keep on changing your workouts to break the routine and for your body to get out of its comfort zone. But do not be too drastic with the changes. You can increase your pace, distance, and duration bit-by-bit until you get comfortable with the new change. Doing one long-distance run a week is beneficial for your health especially in improving your strength and cardiovascular health. But don’t do more than one long-distance run in a week, for it can bring needless injuries and might cause adrenal fatigue.
Running is a fun exercise to do, and it is a natural activity for humans to do. Make the most of your workouts and do not put your efforts and time to waste.