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Posts found under "Endurance Training" within Fit Life

What to Do Before You Run

By Kari Luu on Monday, August 15, 2016

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.

10 Tips for Preparing for Your First Race

By Allison Hagendorf on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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.

6 Ways Runners Can Protect Themselves From Heat Illness

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.

Post-run Stretches With the Flex-Band

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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.

Massaging Your Running Warm-Up

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, November 4, 2013

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.

Step Up Your Walking Routine

By Andrea Metcalf on Friday, September 13, 2013

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.

3 Yoga Poses Every Runner Should Know

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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.

9 Tips to Perfect Your Walking Form

By Michele Stanten on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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.

Will The Popular Running Apps Get You Ready to Run?

By Ted Vickey on Sunday, August 18, 2013

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.

Fuel Your Runs Right

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, July 22, 2013

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.

5 Foam-rolling Moves for the Lower Body

By Julz Arney on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Foam rolling—also known as self-myofascial release—has become increasingly popular for reducing muscle tension and improving overall athletic performance. Fitness expert Julz Arney shares her top techniques for foam rolling, along with five great moves targeting the lower body, that will keep you pain-free during and after your workouts.

Indoor Cycling: The Breakdown on Bike Set-Up

By Julz Arney on Thursday, July 11, 2013

When it comes to low-impact, high-energy workouts, it’s tough to beat indoor cycling classes. But an improperly fitting bike can quickly derail your efforts and keep you out of the saddle indefinitely. Whether you’re a beginning cycler or just getting back on the bike after a break, here are some easy tips for adjusting your bike for a great fit—and a great workout.

5 Ways a 5K Will Kick Your Motivation Into High Gear

By Julz Arney on Monday, May 13, 2013

Even if becoming a full-time runner is not be high on your list of goals, participating in a 5K as a runner, jogger, walker or even in a wheelchair as a challenged athlete is a great way to rediscover your inspiration for leading an active lifestyle.

How Can I Increase My Running Speed for a 10K or Half-Marathon?

By Beth Shepard on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

If you’ve reached your goal of just completing a distance race, perhaps now’s the time to focus on your speed. Check out 10 tips on how you can beat the clock with interval training techniques, adequate rest and recovery, and maybe even losing a few extra pounds.

How do I train for a half marathon?

By Marion Webb on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

There really is no ‘one’ best way to train for a half marathon, because a lot of your training will depend on multiple variables: Time to train, your running background (novice vs. experienced runner), current fitness level and mileage, willingness to commit to a training plan, and ability to learn to listen to your body.