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Improve Your Running

Running is more than just a cardio workout; it's a discipline that demands precision and commitment. To enhance your running performance, consider the following strategies that delve beyond the surface level of simply putting on your running shoes.



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Fuel Your Body

Carbohydrates are a runner's best friend, providing the much-needed energy to keep you going. Before a run, it's a good idea to fuel up with carb-rich foods that will give you a steady supply of energy. Think about enjoying a slice of whole grain toast with a bit of honey, or a bowl of oatmeal 1-2 hours before. These foods are not only delicious but also packed with the right kind of energy to help you power through your run. They're easy on the stomach and provide a quick, yet sustained boost, making sure you feel energised and ready to hit the pavement. So, next time you lace up your running shoes, remember to grab a carb-rich snack first. It's a simple step that can make a big difference in your running performance and enjoyment.



Heart Rate Monitor Wearable Watch

Invest in a Heart Rate (HR)

Monitor

Take a data-driven approach to your running by investing in a heart rate monitor. This can be from a Smart Watch, or if you want a more accurate reading, you can get a Heart rate strap that wraps around your chest. Monitoring your heart rate provides insights into your cardiovascular fitness and helps you establish and maintain optimal training zones. This allows you to push your limits safely, improve your running performance, and avoid overtraining. By incorporating this technology, you'll gain a deeper understanding of your body's response to different intensities, enabling you to fine-tune your workouts for maximum efficiency.



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Increase Your Cadence

Cadence, the number of steps you take per minute, plays a crucial role in running efficiency. Increasing your cadence can reduce the impact on your joints and improve overall running form. Aim for a cadence of 170-180 steps per minute, adjusting gradually to avoid injury. Utilise metronome apps or music playlists with the right beats per minute (BPM) to help you establish and maintain an optimal cadence for your runs.



Local Park Run

Find Your Local Park Run

Joining a local Park Run can add a competitive and community-driven element to your training. These organised 5km runs not only provide a benchmark for your progress but also introduce you to a supportive network of fellow runners. The camaraderie and shared enthusiasm can be motivating, pushing you to improve your performance. Participating in these events can offer a tangible measure of your running capabilities and foster a sense of achievement.



Beyond the science, find joy in the run itself. Cherish the early mornings or the sunset jogs, relish the feeling of pushing your boundaries, and savor the small victories along the way.



Just take one step!  

You don't need to implement everything all at once! Pick one of the tips above that you feel will be most beneficial to you and start there. For more health tips, feel free to check out our Blogs for more in-depth content


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