Dumbbells, kettlebells, exercise bands…what does all of this equipment have to do with running? It turns out, it can mean the difference between running good and running great!
With a bit of resistance training using some light - moderate weights or bands, and even your own body weight makes a huge difference in going further, longer.
Tasha Turnbull of T2 Fitness and our latest BGR! U instructor breaks down why strength training is beneficial to your running game, and at the end of this post, learn how you can incorporate strength training as part of your fitness routine beginning March 1!
These are Tasha’s top reasons you should add strength training to your fitness routine:
Interested in learning more about strength training or ready to take this next step in improving your running game and in turn, your health and fitness level? Sign up for our next BGR! U course, Tone Your Run with Tasha here. Class begins March 1!
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By: Vivinne (Kala) Williams (@KalaViv)
You do not have to be bendy, spaghetti thin or young to do yoga! The body-positive movement and increasing diversity is opening up the stereotype of who does yoga. Back in the day when I began studying yoga (I got certified to teach in 1994) I was usually the only person of color in the room. But the yoga itself made me feel so wonderful, and I felt welcome even if I stood out.
So while I stopped running in college, I still stay active, I love brisk walking around NYC.
Read through the instructions completely first before trying them. Then have it with you as you do them. And always-listen to your body. Each body is different and each day is different. You should never feel a sharp pain, if you do stop what you are doing and rest.
Benefits: this series stretches out the back body, the hamstrings and back especially as runners tend to be tight in those areas.
Do this on level grassy ground or inside on a mat, not a hard surface.
Post-run: If you are not used to stretching much especially after running, take it easy, as since you are quite warmed up, you are liable to stretch fairly deeply.
Pre-run: I actually recommend, doing a bit of aerobic warm up, then once you feel the blood is moving through the major muscles-do these before your run, to enhance your warmup.
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Vivinne (Kala) Williams has 19 years experience teaching holistic wellness & has been featured in Self, Yoga Journal & Essence magazines. During a brutal stint in academia these practices helped her survive the stress of work-place bullying and unemployment. Her site is yogablissdance.com. On YouTube.
Awwww! Spring is FINALLY on it's way (hopefully), but with the arrival of April, there IS one thing we're guaranteed. Rain. The old adage, "April Showers Bring May Flowers," can be heard around the country. Whether or not there's any truth to that is questionable as discussed in Slate Magazine, but there's no need to get technical. What we do know is that, we can bet that rain is one of the hurdles we'll have to jump to get to the coveted summer months. We're keeping hope (and positivity) alive with our "Run Happy" Motivation board on Pinterest inspired by Brooks and their "run happy" mantra. If you're in a rut, can't bring yourself to run in inclement weather, or just plain tired, there's sure to be something there to keep you inspired. But, don't stop there, we want to know how you run happy! (Check out my BEST race photo showing me running happy!) So, what are you waiting for, go there and pin away!