Monday, 03 October 2016 09:34

Tips to Make you the Best Runner You Can

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Now that you know a lot about running, it’s time to go over some tips to make you the best runner that you can be, and how to dramatically improve your running to be the best there is.The first is to not strike with the heel of your foot. You should instead keep a more weightless stride to it. This can help to improve the chances of less back and knee pain.

Getting stronger is another major thing to do to help with your body. For some runners, there is a muscle imbalance that will make the body start to not work as well. Sometimes, runners have muscle weaknesses if they don’t make sure to keep the rest of their body balanced and strong. Sometimes there is hip shifting which can cause other issues as well. What you should do is try to do some squats, planks, or even mild weight training, which we’ll go over later on. This is a good tip that will allow you to improve your running efficiency and form over time.

Keeping a schedule is essential. You need to remember to go out to run whenever it’s time to. Don’t wait another moment once it is time. If you don’t follow the schedule at the start, you won’t get into the habit of running. Studies show it takes about 3 weeks for a habit to form for yourself, whether it is a personal rectifying of a bad habit, a good habit being put in, or whatever it might be. Running should almost be like a habit, and once it’s time to run, do so. After a bit, it will be almost automatic for you to start, so you should do that. Remember to keep your diet strong and keep at it. A good diet will improve your running abilities. If you’re not eating well and running, you won’t get better. Remember, your body is a machine in a sense, so you’ve got to fix the machine with the fuel necessary to have the best results possible.

If you don’t eat, you won’t improve, and you won’t get the confidence booster that you need. When starting, do what makes you feel comfortable. Sure, you might be at the park and you see this woman running a lot faster than you are, but trying to match her pace can be trying on the body, and if you’re not ready for it, it can lead to tiredness and injury. To start, run at your own pace, and when you’re ready to increase it, do so for you. Remember, you’re running for yourself, doing this to help benefit you, so you will need to make sure that you do keep your form going and you keep a pace that you can breathe in.

You should ideally keep a pace where it’s a bit of a challenge, but not so challenging that you are having trouble breathing. Do work for it, but if you want to, you can keep a talking pace that is right for you. You should also make sure that you have sleep. A sleep-deprived body is one that will struggle on the runs, so it’s best if you do make sure that you take the time to get sleep from time to time when you need it. In general, often we don’t get nearly enough sleep that we need, so you should definitely make sure that you set an alarm, and do go to bed at the right time. Don’t sit in front of the TV for hours upon hours after it’s time to go to bed, and leave social media once you’re ready to sleep.

Water is another major part of this, and for runners, you need to have enough water. A common problem many runners face when starting out is they don’t drink enough water, and that is a surefire way to disaster. Water is necessary, and being dehydrated is a major problem. If you’re dehydrated while running, it can be a struggle, and if you don’t keep it in check, you could pass out, suffer from body issues, or even face other problems. One time, I didn’t drink enough water before a longer run, and I nearly blacked out because I pushed myself too hard and I was dehydrated. You will want to make sure you drink at least 8-12 glasses a day, more so for the water you will lose from running. For those who have a bit of sensitivity to temperature, it’s best if you do take the time to choose a time of day that best fits you.

If you don’t want to run out in the direct sunlight and during the hottest parts of the day, run during the evening time or early morning, and avoid going out from about 10-3 because that is when it is hottest. If you can tolerate the heat, then by all means choose the time that fits you. I have sensitivity to the heat, and when it’s too hot it can be hard to run, so I choose to run later in those instances. Remember, do what is best for you and if heat is your issue, do rectify that. If you’re struggling, get inspiration. You can create a little journal as well to track how you’re feeling each day. In the end, you should do what is best for you, and you should make sure that you’re keeping yourself going. If you need proper inspiration, you should get it, because the right inspiration can change everything, and it can make it even better for you, and often it can be the difference between running your best and not doing so hot at all.

Finally, get some support. If you have someone who is close to you and you feel would be a great running partner, get him or her involved. Remember, running isn’t something only a few do. In fact, it’s something that many can get into, many can accomplish, and many can achieve goals with. You have your own goals, but getting someone to work with you can make it even better for you. In general, the best thing to do in many cases is to be with someone who can help keep you going. If you struggle with maintaining a pace or a schedule, getting another involved and working with one another can be great. You might even pick someone slightly faster to give you a challenge after a while. Whatever it might be, get yourself going and running, and get the support that you need.

These tips will help you to become the best runner you can be. You should keep heed of these tips, use them when you can, and in general work to be the best you can be. Remember, you owe it to yourself to have a successful running experience, and if you do keep it successful and what’s best for you, you’ll end up having a much better time with this, and it’ll be easier for you to handle over time.

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