If you’re a mom, you’re busy. Whether you work full time at an office or stay at home with the kids, you’re constantly on the move, multi-tasking and making sure everything and everyone is taken care of. But where do you fall on the list?
Powering through a tough workout, you’re nearing the end. And then it hits: a sharp, stabbing sensation in a muscle that halts you in your steps, maybe even causing you to double over in pain. Cramps are a nightmare—but they’re common, especially during exercise. Is there anything you can do to keep them from coming on?
Have you ever gone out for a run and wondered how many calories you burned or how far you went? I’m a data dude. So I like to know all the stats of my workout, which is why I use a pedometer.
Yes, I said a pedometer. This tiny fitness tool has been around for decades, but it is far from outdated. And it’s not just for your speed-walking grandma. There are many uses and places for pedometers. If you’re still not convinced, read on for the when and why.
Q: What’s the best way to ease into running?
Amy Marsh answers
A: Whether you’re starting to run for the first time, returning to the sport after a long break or coming off an injury, the best way to begin running is with a walk/run routine.
Before starting any exercise program, though, be sure to get checked out by your doctor to ensure you’re in good health (and fully healed). The next step would be to get comfortable shoes. Spending a little extra time and money on the best running shoes for your needs will help stave off injury in the long “run.”
Q: I know doing more of something is the best way to get better at it. But I don’t want to get bored or demotivated. Can I benefit from non-running exercises? Which do you recommend?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: Doing the same thing repeatedly can get boring, but avoiding it altogether is not the answer. The reality is that there is no substitution for real, pound-the-pavement running.
When people ask about non-running exercises, they usually fall into one of two camps. Camp A really doesn’t like traditional running and is seeking an alternative cardiovascular exercise. Camp B is the avid runner working toward a PR. No matter your goal, there are ways to add variety.
Q: Should I run on my toes?
Brandon Marsh answers:
This is a question that I get asked by many of the triathletes I coach. Experts are deeply divided on the answer to this question.
I am a triathlete. Should I lift weights?
This topic comes up quite often in training sessions with athletes and when Amy and I give talks at triathlon clubs. We get asked about whether it’s a good idea to do “core training,” boot camps, CrossFit, etc. My perspective*, from years of coaching and competing, is that it can play a part in a well-rounded triathlon training program, for a few reasons:
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