A lot of runners are recreational runners; some may be sedentary runners or even weekend warriors. All these terms vary in the attitude of the runner and also the time and effort put into the running. But the bottom line is that they all have day jobs and the running (whether it is daily or once a month) happens outside of the working hours. What is wonderful is that their bodies are getting the exercise that they need; however, attention must be paid to whether sitting all day in a poor posture is affecting your running in some way. If you don’t pay attention to this, you might be allowing yourself to short change your performance or pick up several persisting injuries along the way. So seriously ask yourself- is my sitting killing my running?
I often see runners, sports players and gym enthusiasts wearing a knee brace/support every time they play or lift weights. If it was up to me I would personally go up to them and lecture them about the harm they are doing to themselves by doing so. But since it may not be considered appropriate, I decided to write about it.
Knee pain is quite common amongst cyclists and can get worse quickly if left untreated. Primary causes of cycling-related knee pain range from bike alignment, quadriceps weakness, lack of warm-up and cool-downs, over-training and over-use. The key is to prevent knee pain in the first place! Read on for the most crucial methods to prevent knee pain…
Most full marathoners have hit the “wall” at some point and hence know what it feels like. In scientific terms, the “wall” is when glycogen depletion occurs while running. We store enough carbohydrates in the form of glycogen in our muscles and liver to run about 28 to 30 kms and then we hit the wall of glycogen depletion. Our muscles…
“I hurt my back while I was doing crunches!” I have heard this not just once but numerous times. Back pain is one of the commonest ailments that afflict the modern man; partly because of sedentary life that weakens core muscles but partly also because in the race to get fit quickly, exercises that shouldn’t really be done are done with great zeal. This leads to a back injury and then, of course, all exercise is given up forever. The solution is to know the right kind of exercises for your body and this only comes from consulting a professional. Anyone who joins a gym without hiring a certified fitness trainer is looking for trouble. The same goes for anyone who begins an exercise program on their own at home by following online videos.
A woman excellently performs her life’s roles: daughter, wife, and mother. She manages to achieve a balance between her professional and personal life. But, somewhere along the way, she forgets herself- she loses track of who she is and what is happening with her body and mind.
There are three main stages in every woman’s life – Puberty, Marriage, and Conception and menopause. Each of these stages comes with their issues. Inner issues such as hormonal imbalances can lead to problems such as bone loss, back pain and insufficient absorption of nutrients.
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Over the past many years of working with a various range of people from housewives to runners to gym freaks, I have realized that stretching means different things to different people. There can be myths around it, a general lack of awareness or just incorrect techniques. In spite of tons of research around it, I still find myself educating people about the do’s and don’ts. Stretching the right way is crucial because a lack of stretching or incorrect technique can mean either causing an injury or aggravating an ongoing one.
Marathon training is tough. But, the more you run, the more you love your body. Not because it is perfect, but because with every mile it makes you believe that you are capable of something more than you expected to be.
Running has a myriad of benefit and if women are aware of these special factors that impact their fitness they can overcome any obstacle to running and continue to run to their heart’s content.