October 19, 2015

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Running


Running is perhaps the oldest form of physical fitness. The rules have been re-written dozens of times and there are thousands of theories on what makes running the best workout. We decided to look a little further and figure out 6 things you may - but probably didn’t know about running!


Your morning cup of coffee actually helps you burn calories - and makes workouts seem easier! The recommended dose is 3-5mg per kilogram of body mass. Experts advise caution: caffeine can act like a drug, causing withdrawal symptoms and desensitization if taken too regularly.

Running with music can boost your performance up to 15% - Dr. Costas Karageorghis, author of Inside Sports Psychology, claims that aside from boosting your mood music helps to set a pace. This is easily accomplished when listening to the beat of almost any genre of music. Much like caffeine, if overused you can desensitize yourself to music and the benefits decline; two runs with music and one without is what Karageoghis recommends.

Lose Yourself by Eminem, is the best song to listen to while on a run - Runners-up include Thunderstruck by AC/DC and Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.

Your toenails can fall off - While this is more of a concern to marathon runners, it still happens and it’s still pretty gross. Marshall Ulrich, who ran across the United States in one huge ultra-marathon, actually had his toenails surgically removed.

It takes 200 muscles to take one step - On average, a person walks 10,000 steps in a day - runners even more! Now that’s a workout!

 

It’s never too late to start! - The oldest man to run a marathon was Fauja Singh at 101 years old. If that wasn’t enough, the now-104-year old didn’t begin training for marathons until he was 89!

The only thing holding you back is you, so get out there and go for your version of a run - whether that means 5 minutes or 5 hours!


Sarah Campbell
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