Los Angeles, CA – 2/17/2014—
Runners know that maintaining their bestracing times and distances requires dedication to training and lifestylechoices. But one study conductedin Taiwan highlighted how making some choices (such as consuming a dailymultivitamin) can actually make a person slack off in other areas because theybelieve that the supplement or other healthy choice can make up for the lack ofeffort in their training.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. And to be sure that runners keep theirracing game up to par here are a few other short-cuts they should avoid to inorder to keep striving forward toward faster times and longer distances.
When a runner experiences an injury, it canbe tempting to take analgesic pain killers to block the pain and keep right ontraining. This is a mistake, andwhile these can be a temporary solution, a better plan is to train for activeprevention of injuries by working on flexibility and strength training inaddition to running. Runners needto keep hips, ankles, and feet strong in addition to their legs and can do sothrough yoga, Pilates, or resistance training workouts on off days fromrunning.
Another common mistake is relying onstimulants for energy, or supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. While every now and again stimulantscan be used and a multi-vitamin is a generally good idea, it’s better tomaintain a nutritious wholesome diet and ensure plenty of rest to keep the bodyready for training on a daily basis. Sleep not only helps replenish energy, but it’s the time when musclesrepair themselves and can keep a person mentally fit in addition to enhancingtheir training. Nutrition helpsmaintain weight, energy, and provides support to developing muscle and isessential for any long-term goals one hopes to achieve.
Being aware of these short cuts and knowingwhy we should avoid them can help runners improve their overall performancetimes, and keep them running races all throughout their lives.
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