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Running Training – Improve Your Workout

Running Training – Improve Your Workout

If you’re working out for the Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k run, you want to be able to maximise your running training, to put you in the best possible shape for the run.

Here are 5 ways to improve your workout and running training.

Drink 4 cups of tea a day

A study in London has shown that people who drank 4 cups of black tea a day for 6 weeks, had increased recovery time from exercise than those who drank a placebo. Exercise is a stressor that causes the body to increase its natural production of the hormone cortisol. Drinking tea can help to lower the levels of this hormone after workouts, allowing for greater growth and repair. To maximise and speed up muscle recovery after a workout, drink tea throughout the day.

Do push-ups

Push-ups work out the whole body and are one of the oldest exercise methods around. They are also completely free and you can do them anywhere; there is no need to go to the gym to do push-ups. Having strong arms and stomach will assist you to run easier, as your body will be able to move faster, as it is fitter and stronger.

To perform a push-up, drop down with your hands on the ground, hold your knees up and lower your body down, and then push up.

Go Barefoot

Go for a barefoot run on the beach, as running without shoes can have great long term fitness benefits. However, if you are new to running barefoot, your feet will be weak and will take time to build up strength. To start, run with short strides and don’t extend your leg as far as you would with shoes on. Stay light and take soft steps to minimise impact on your feet, rather than pounding the pavement. Run on sand at a beach if you live near one. Sand will keep impact on your feet minimal and will allow you to build up strength slowly in the ball and heel of your feet.

Create an inspiring playlist

Nothing motivates and inspires exercise like an amazing playlist to urge you on. While music won’t make you an instant marathon runner, it will help you to be determined to get over the finish line. Create a playlist that caters for all aspects of a run: the warm-up, cool down, when you are pacing yourself and also some songs for when you want to turn it up a notch and run faster. It is often said that running is more mental than it is physical. Listening to music is a great way to keep your mind busy, so that you don’t get bored and want to quit.

Warm up before you stretch

Stretching helps to avoid injury and loosen up the muscles for better performance while running. However it is much more beneficial to stretch while the muscles are warm, as you can be doing more damage by stretching cold muscles. Before setting off for a run, start with a fast walk and then gradually move up to a run, moving your arms as you go. Stop and stretch after about 5 minutes of warming up.

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