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These 25 Tips Will Make Running Much Easier

These 25 Tips Will Make Running Much Easier

Would you like to improve your running skills? Simply by regularly running or jogging, you can reduce the risk of various illnesses, including heart disease, while burning calories and maintaining a good mood.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a nervous beginner, running tips and advice can always help improve your mind-set and technique.

Check out the 25 useful running tips to help you stay motivated while improving your technique.

1. Be progressive

Don’t train too hard too fast, or too much, as both can injure your body. This running tip is true for both beginners and pros – know your body and push yourself without hurting yourself.

2. Squat for a better technique

Squatting can help runners to improve mobility, putting your joints in a more stable, strong position while you run. Try squatting with your feet shoulder-width apart, while your behind is just above the floor, a couple of times a day, for a minute at a time.

3. Stay hydrated

Always stay hydrated while you run. Bring a water bottle with you for shorter runs, and consider a sports drink if you’re going for a long run. Try to make sure you take a drink every 15 minutes or so.

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4. Try a running partner

While some people prefer to run alone, for others a running buddy can help make running a much more enjoyable experience. A running buddy also helps make sure you run – even if you don’t enjoy it at the time.

5. Take vitamins

Running regularly can put stress on your body, and taking vitamins will help aid your body’s recovery. Try taking one in the morning with your breakfast to help maintain a routine.

6. Take a cold bath

If you dare, try taking a cold bath instead of a warm one after your next work out. Having a hot bath straight after a workout can cause the micro-tears in your muscles to bleed out, increasing any soreness you feel. A cold bath is great for your immune system and helps to flush lactic acid out of your muscles, so if you’re feeling brave, try jumping in one for five minutes after your workout.

7. Run on soft ground

If you can, try to run on soft ground. Running can cause problems for your joints, and a great way to reduce that risk is running on softer ground so your knees get a break.

8. Snack after your run

Running uses up your energy and can leave you feeling slightly light-headed after a workout. Combat this feeling by having a snack, such as a banana, to give you an energy boost while helping you recover as quickly as possible.

9. Breathe slowly

Breathing is one of the number one issues for intermediate and beginner runners, so this is one of the most useful running tips. By breathing so much oxygen in so quickly, not all of the CO2 is able to leave your lungs, so your lungs receive less oxygen. Try to relax and breathe slower.

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10. Push yourself

When you run regularly and often, you can become demotivated and stop pushing yourself forward. Competing in marathons or joining a running club can help you to train hard and enjoy your running.

11. Try a different environment – Hills

A good way to improve your stamina and strength is to run on hills and mountains. The uphill terrain will use more energy than a run through the streets, improving your lungs while strengthening your muscles.

12. Keep a record of your running

Keeping a diary or calendar tracking your runs and distances has lots of benefits; you can see your progression, which motivates you to keep running while helping you to push yourself.

13. Invest in trainers

Bad trainers can cause serious damage to your back, feet and joints later in life, so it is wise to invest in a good pair. Don’t just buy the most expensive pair you can find – do some research and find the pair that are perfectly suited to you.

14. Speed up the second half of your run

To switch your exercise routine up, try timing the first half of your run, then trying to beat that time during the second half. This gives you a huge psychological boost while pushing your body physically.

15. Push your chest forward

When running, try to imagine you are being led by your chest. This reduces the chances of you running with your shoulders hunched over, which makes it harder for you to breathe properly, while putting strain on the neck.

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16. Switch up your run

One of the most helpful running tips is to embrace variation. If you always run the same route, try a different path every so often. If you run a route that is hard on one leg, always running the same route increases the chance of damaging that leg. Trying different routes can keep running interesting and fun, while also being good for your body.

17. Stay in the moment

While you run, try to only focus on the mile you are currently running. Thinking further ahead can demotivate you as it can seem like a lot of work. Try to live in the moment and you could find yourself really enjoying your run.

18. Create a mantra playlist

Come up with a few short phrases that motivate you to exercise and push yourself. Repeat them every few minutes in your mind to keep you running without slacking.

19. Make sure sleep is a priority

Many people run first thing in the morning, which is a great time to motivate yourself to go for a run. However, make sure your running time isn’t cutting into your sleeping time. Being well rested improves performance and helps recovery time, so make sure to get a good night’s sleep beforehand.

20. Take five minutes after a run to do nothing

Most people have other things to do after a run. However, going for a run will deplete your energy. Try taking five minutes afterwards to actively rest, so you feel more prepared for the other things you have planned.

21. Listen to music while you run

Although some runners prefer silence when they run, others often find music is beneficial to their run. Whether it is rock or classical, music can help motivate you to keep going, while distracting you from any tiredness that you may feel.

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22. Make sure iron is in your diet

Runners often struggle with iron deficiency which can leave you feeling tired and drained. Make sure you have enough iron in your diet by stocking up on iron filled foods such as dark meats, eggs, fish and kidney beans.

23. Clear your mind

Trying to change your running style can often make it worse. Studies have consistently shown that enforced changes while running can make the runner less efficient. Clear your mind and let your body find its own way to run.

24. Try lunges

Practice lunges to help you raise your knees as you run, reducing your chance of injury while improving some of the main muscles you use to run.

25. Run on your forefoot

Running can be very hard on your joints, especially the joints in your heels. Teach your body to land on your forefoot with this running tip – draw a line of chalk on the floor, then practice jump-roping on the line with one foot, while landing on your forefoot.

Were these running tips useful to you? Comment with your own below!

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Last Updated on February 12, 2019

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

BS.

After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

Using Chemical Hair Dye

I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

Smoking

Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

Using Chemical Household Cleaners

If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

Using Mothballs

When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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Neglecting My Physical Health

In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

Drinking Alcohol

Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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Buying the Wrong Food

I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

Featured photo credit: NA via istockphoto.com

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