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7 Secrets Known Only To Runners

7 Secrets Known Only To Runners

Everyone knows about the runner’s high – that happy state of being you get from the endorphins while you run. But not everyone knows the other secrets known only to runners. This is what really keeps us coming back for more.

Freedom

Runners know a feeling of freedom that non-runners don’t understand. When it’s just you, your footsteps, heartbeat and the wind in your face, you feel free. It is like a state of meditation.

Appreciation of nature

Trail runners love nature. Every week we get to see the beauty of the trees, the bird calls and all the animals – big and small – that we encounter. We appreciate their simple life. And we learn from it. This transfers into our everyday lives, and see can see the beauty all around us.

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Pure intent and focus

Runners who regularly race, are always pushing themselves to run faster or further or both. We know that if we don’t run a certain number of kilometres or for a certain time in training, then we won’t be well prepared for our races. We learn this pure intent and focus in our running, and we know how to apply this drive to other areas of our lives. This makes us high achievers in all areas.

Body awareness

With running comes the risk of injury. At any one time, 50% of all runners are injured. We become acutely aware of what our bones, joints and muscles are feeling. When we are more in tune with our body, we also become more in tune with our mind. This teaches us to be more emotionally mature.

Camaraderie

All runners have a sense of camaraderie. We all greet each other as we pass in the streets. We have a wide grin of enthusiasm as we pass on the trails. If it is a particularly wild and stormy day, we have that extra crazy grin of excitement as we pass another super enthusiastic runner. No matter what your experience or level is as a runner, we all support each other and wish each other well. We want everyone to succeed, and we do better because of this unconditional support.

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Physical fitness is mental fitness

Because of our drive to succeed, and our pure intent and focus to train well, we learn quickly that running is 50% physical fitness and 50% mental fitness. Quite often in racing, when we are so fatigued we don’t know if we can finish, putting one foot in front of the other is a case of mind over matter. This gives us good training for the race of life and makes us a better person for it.

Fun

Runners know how to be a kid again and find fun in the small things. Making a big splash in a puddle, finding a new trail and going exploring, or simply getting sweaty and dirty without a care. This care-free attitude makes us fun people to be around.

 

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If you are already a runner, then you already know these secrets. If you are not a runner, but would like to take up running, now you know why we really run, and why we keep on running week after week.

 

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7 secrets known only to runners

    Featured photo credit: West Highland Way running / Robin McConnell via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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