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Fitness Tips 5 ways to become a better runner

Running is a popular form of physical activity and also a form of aerobic exercise. Regular running builds strong bones, improves cardiovascular fitness and helps to maintain a healthy weight.

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Running is an appealing exercise because it doesn't cost a lot to take part and you can run at any time that suits you.

It also has a lot of health benefits, so, it is very good for you.

However, if you want to get better at it, thereby gaining more health benefits, the following are five ways to do exactly that.

  1. Proper form: While running may seem like the simplest, easiest way to work out, it requires skill in order to prevent you from hurting yourself, so it is very necessary to learn the proper form. The right way to run is to keep your head upright over your spine, relax your shoulders, and engage your abs. Increase your speed and endurance by focusing on pumping your arms in a fluid motion, forward and back, keeping your elbows at 90-degree angles. You hands should form a slightly open fist, pretend you're holding an egg in each palm.

  2. Consistency: In order to be a better runner you have to be consistent, if you stop running even for short while, then you'll have to build your conditioning back up.

  3. Eat right: To be a better runner, you have to make you have just the right amount of food/fuel in your stomach. Not too small as it can keep you from having the right amount of energy, and not too much as eating too much can lead to cramping. Therefore, pick a small snack containing carbs and protein for sustained energy.

  4. Drink enough water: Water can make or break your running, so ensure you drink enough water in order to have a good run. The trick is to drink an ounce of water for every 10 pounds of body weight about an hour or two before your workout. Also watch for signs of dehydration during your run.

  5. Dress appropriately: In order to be a better runner, you have to look like one. The perfect pair of shoes can be the difference between feeling sluggish and being light on your feet, and it can also help prevent injuries. The right outfit can make a serious difference.

We hope with the above tips, you will be ready to hit the road, let us know if you have any running tip to share.


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