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What to Do Before You Run

8/15/2016 12:00:00 AM by Justin Robinson

If you’re a runner, one of the easiest ways to get hurt is to skip your warm-up. And no, a light jog doesn’t count. Rather, your warm-up should address your individual needs and fire up your neuromuscular system. Here is a quick and easy routine that will prep your body for a running workout, along with some tips for improving performance through nutrition and mental prep.

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10 Tips for Preparing for Your First Race

4/21/2015 12:00:00 AM by Allison Hagendorf

Are you excited to start training for your first race? Whether you’re aiming to finish a 5K or a marathon, here are 10 great tips for getting yourself ready for race day.

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6 Ways Runners Can Protect Themselves From Heat Illness

7/31/2014 12:00:00 AM by American Council on Exercise

It’s summertime and many people are taking advantage of the warm weather by running outdoors. But, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the heat may beat them before they have the chance to finish the first mile. Only fifteen minutes into a run, a person’s body temperature could be as high as 5° F above normal and continuing could bring on fatigue and heat illness.

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Post-run Stretches With the Flex-Band

12/11/2013 12:00:00 AM by Pete McCall

Taking the time to stretch and cool down at the end of a run can go a long way to helping you prepare for your next one. Using the Flex-Band and the contract-relax method of stretching is an extremely effective method of increasing muscle flexibility and joint ROM. Here are four simple stretches to help your muscles recover after a run.

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Massaging Your Running Warm-Up

11/4/2013 12:00:00 AM by Jonathan Ross

Despite its popularity, there is surprisingly little research as to how self-myofascial release (SMR) enhances the running experience. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains the known benefits of performing SMR during a warm-up and offers the four exercises he has found to be most effective for runners of varying ages and abilities.

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Step Up Your Walking Routine

9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM by Andrea Metcalf

When it comes to convenience and effectiveness, it’s tough to beat walking for exercise. Great for newbies and seasoned exercisers alike, walking offers numerous health benefits and can be done almost anywhere. Fitness pro Andrea Metcalf offers her top 10 tips for adding variety and challenge to your usual walking routine, whether you take it indoors or out.

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3 Yoga Poses Every Runner Should Know

8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM by Jessica Matthews

Runners have notoriously tight lower-body muscles, especially the hamstrings and hips, so stretching those muscles after a run is important. Fitness pro and yoga expert Jessica Matthews shares her three favorite yoga poses for giving the lower-body some much-needed TLC after a hard run.

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9 Tips to Perfect Your Walking Form

8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM by Michele Stanten

Did you know that having good posture while walking will help you reach your distance goal? Walking coach Michele Stanten shares nine posture tips for stronger striding during your next walk.

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Will The Popular Running Apps Get You Ready to Run?

8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM by Ted Vickey

Looking for some new ideas to help fuel and motivate your runs? Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey reviews the latest running apps and shares his thoughts on which ones offer the most valuable features and newest innovations.

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Fuel Your Runs Right

7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM by Jessica Matthews

Regardless of what time of day you exercise, it can be a challenge to discover the right combination of foods and fluids that will fuel—but not disrupt—your training runs. Top registered dietitians and sports nutrition experts share the pre-workout foods they use to fuel their own runs, and offer great post-workout options that will help you recover before it’s time to hit the road again.

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