Running to music seems to make any distance seem shorter, any workout seem faster. If you’re looking to put together a new running playlist, then we’re here to help. We’ve searched through our own iPods and Pandora stations to find some of the best songs (and some of our favorite!) songs to work out to.
Here are our recommendations from our playlists:
Want to add to the list? Leave a comment! In the future, we’ll put together themed playlists that include songs from our playlists and yours! Let us know what you listen to when you run.
Preparations for any athletic event require attention to detail and an understanding of training effects. Triathlons are among the most rigorous of all events, and there are several triathlon training tips to keep in mind for top performance:
These are just a few tips for training for a triathlon. Share your best tips with us in the comments!
Whenever you spot runners or cyclists, many of them are sporting tight, form fitting garments. This type of apparel is called compression clothing, and it is worn by the finest athletes everywhere. While they may look basic, compression clothing is highly recommended within the fitness industry and offers several benefits to athletes.
Compression garments consist of tights, shorts, arm sleeves, calf guards or leg sleeves. Made from a spandex or power-weight flex material, compression garments can serve multiple purposes and are preferred by most avid athletes. They are geared to offer superb power, flexibility, and a 360 degree stretch. Even though cycling, field hockey, and running are different types of sports, these athletes share the same benefits from wearing compression clothing.
The main benefits of compression clothing are that they reduce the risk of sports injuries. They keep the muscles warm to prevent strain and fatigue, and they also keep sweat off your body to prevent chafing and rashes. Research has shown that compression garments help athletes recover faster, too. They can help reduce muscle soreness, minimize the duration for muscles trying to repair themselves, and reduce swelling.
Compression garments have also been shown to increase athletic performance, enabling athletes to increase the duration or intensity of their workouts. The elasticity of the garments enables easier movement of the body, resulting in easier hip movement to obtain more strides.
Whatever fitness activities, sports, or fitness training you are involved in, compression clothing can help you to perform at your peak. Heart Rate Monitors USA offers a variety of compression garments to suit your own needs. Be sure to choose a size that will firmly fit your body without cutting in to the body. Once you begin wearing compression clothes, you should start feeling the difference immediately!
Nothing shouts “fun” better than jumping over fire, swinging through tires, or crawling underneath barbed wire in a pit of sloppy mud! More people have been skipping the general 5K runs to sign up for more obstacle challenging courses, including the Warrior Dash, Spartan Run and Tough Mudder. As fun as these runs are, it is still important to properly train for the event to gain more strength and endurance. The following training tips can help you conquer your dash:
(1) Strength & Endurance Training
(2) Tips For Race Day
Following these Training Tips will help you physically and mentally throughout the course, so have fun and don’t be afraid to get dirty!
Running is a smart and powerful exercise choice, one that can change your life in so many ways. Not only does it improve your physical fitness, but it also lifts your mood and promotes your overall health. Running requires very little effort or equipment to get started, but it sets you on the right track to a better, brighter future.
If you are new to running, you may wonder what to wear. Fortunately, you do not need expensive running clothes or fancy workout gear. Your shoes are your most important running gear. Wearing old shoes, or shoes that are not right for your foot or running style, can lead to injuries. Forget about your old tennis shoes. Look for new, well-cushioned shoes that are specifically designed for running.
While the best shoes are usually found at a running specialty store, you can find a good pair at most shoe or sporting goods stores. Forget about the most expensive shoes in the store, but invest in the best pair you can afford. This will prevent injuries and pay off in comfort.
Fancy running clothing is not necessary either. Choose comfortable workout wear that allows you to move freely, but do not overdress. After a warm-up, your extra body heat can make you feel up to 20 degrees warmer. A cotton t-shirt and shorts are usually adequate clothes for new runners. Depending on your location, winter months and cooler temperatures may require dressing in layers.
Next to comfortable running shoes, a good sports bra is a must for women runners. Your bra should be supportive: not too tight and not stretched-out. Replace your sports bra when it loses elasticity or if you experience a significant weight change.
As you get more serious about your running, you can invest in more technical workout clothes. Synthetic fabrics, unlike cotton, wick away sweat and keep you cooler during your runs. Synthetic blend running socks will prevent blisters on your feet.
With the right sportswear, you are ready to run. Despite your best intentions, you may stumble in the beginning. This usually stems from a lack of preparation. It takes time to break into running, but almost anyone can do it. The secret is starting slowing and building up gradually, as your fitness level improves.
Start your new running program by walking. Gradually add small running segments into your walks. These run-walks may continue over several weeks. Run at an easy, conversational pace for maybe three days a week, resting on the in-between days. Over time, strive to run four or five days a week.
To prevent injuries, always stretch before and after workouts. Eat healthy and stay hydrated to boost your performance. Motivation is hard to maintain, even for seasoned runners; finding a running club or friends to run with can kick-start your running habit. Be sure to check out running magazines and online running forums for inspiration and encouragement (hint, hint: like this blog!)
About the Guest Author: Vanessa is a health and fitness buff who writes about women’s fitness and lifestyle topics.
We all know the exercise has a lot of benefits for our bodies. Besides helping to control weight and build a great physique, exercise also plays a big part in our overall level of cardiovascular health. This month, we’re sharing tips and tools to help you take better care of your heart. When it comes to exercise, we know that aerobic activities like running, cycling, and swimming can make a huge difference in keeping heart healthy. Here’s a closer look at what we mean:
Running can be a great outdoor activity to practice during American Heart Month – as long as you do so safely. Running in cold weather can be a bit tricky, but with some help from Heart Rate Monitors USA, we know it’ll be a breeze. Here’s what you can do to ensure that your run is safe and effective. Who knows? Maybe one run and you’ll be hooked as an athlete for life!
From time to time, we love to feature some of our customers as well as fellow athletes. This week, Renee Hill from RunningTowardSomethingNew.com will be joining us to share her perspective on running and social media. Take it away, Renee!
Social media is an amazing thing.
Many people think it is a waste of time, which sometimes it is.
Many people don’t understand it. Many don’t even want to try to understand.
People use it for all kinds of reasons.
Some like social media just to keep tabs on people they went to high school or college with.
Some people like to share pictures with and stay in touch with family. I use social media for many different things. What has amazed me over the last several years is the expansive running community on the web.
I joined Twitter on January 7, 2009. I had no idea what to expect. I joined to connect with
extended family who lives far away. (I have since unfollowed and/or blocked them from my
feed.) I have no idea how I first found other runners on twitter, but the timing turned out to be
pretty perfect. I signed up for my first half marathon and my first marathon in 2009. Once you
find a few runners it feels like you can always find more like minded people. I get overwhelmed
with 500 followers. I have no idea how you people out there handler 1000, 2000, or more
followers. Even with lists I get overwhelmed.
Through Twitter I discovered DailyMile. A social media site dedicated just to athletes?
Awesome! And it tracks my workout? Even better. I love numbers and charts. I love looking at
my training. (Except for those pesky 4 months last year that are at zero running miles thanks to
my stress fracture.) DailyMile, in general, is one of the most supportive communities I have ever
been a part of on the internet. People are not judgmental of times and distances, they encourage
each other, and fun motivations.
Facebook is very different to me. I limit my Facebook friends quite a bit. I will not friend people
I don’t actually know. I will not friend someone just because we have interacted once or twice
on Twitter. I check security settings all the time. I also try no to inundate those friends with my
I never thought of Meetup.com as a social media venue until last week when I was sitting in a
session at a conference and they listed it. When I included Meetup it turns out that I have almost
exclusively met people through social media outlets. There are many people in my life that I
wouldn’t know without these outlets and I am grateful for each and everyone of of them.
My most awesome Ragnar adventure came about through Twitter and Facebook. Not only did
I have a ridiculously amazing amount of fun in those 36 hours I made friends with people that I
wouldn’t have met otherwise. People that I can call or text or email or tweet if I need something
or to talk to someone. People that I call my friends. People that I wish lived closer. The downfall
of meeting people through social media is that they live all over the country or world. I met some
of my best friends through a running group I found on Meetup.com. I found people to run with
when I moved through Twitter.
Basically I can’t imagine my life without social media or the people I have met through social
media. I am certain I would not be the person or runner that I am.
What does social media mean to you?
Swimming is one of the best methods of cross-training because it allows athletes to take a break without compromising their workout schedule. Running and cycling every day is not recommended because it is hard on your joints and your body needs about 2-3 days of rest each week. Thus, swimming allows you to utilize different muscles and gives your joints a break while still keeping up with endurance or speed work. All in all, it’s a favorite method of cross-training for many types of athletes.
Facts about swimming/water exercises:
Here are two swimming workouts to try:
Running in Water
To run in the water, use belts that are specifically designed to keep you in a vertical position while in the water (the belts also offer buoyancy which allows you to run in motion while in the pool). Try to imitate your normal running form. Keep your fists closed. Allow your legs to move forward. Take short and fast strides. You can also switch to high knees and march in place.
To figure out how long to do this exercise for base it upon your land workouts; for example:
1. If you normally run an interval of 10 x 400, take that time and multiply it by 10.
2. 10 x 1:45 is the effort that should be used in the pool.
Alternate between freestyle, breaststrokes, and backstrokes to help reduce muscle fatigue. Start off by doing about 10 laps back and forth in the pool.With each lap, see if you can improve your time (if you’re going for speed). For endurance, increase the number of laps. Remember to start out with a number of laps and a speed that is comfortable to you and work up gradually to avoid injury.
Heart Rate Monitors USA got the chance to interview Greg of My Track Record and we have to say, we’re impressed! Not only is Greg a great blogger (we love the video posts ), but he’s also a past member of the United States’ 100K World Championship team. We wish him all the luck in the world in achieving his future goals, as well as congratulations for his past achievements. Enjoy our interview!
How did you get started in running?
As a kid, I loved sports in general, so I tried everything. Long-distance running was one of the only sports I was good at, so I stuck with it. (The story of the day when I realized I was suited for long distances is told here: http://www.running-blogs.com/crowther/2006/06/a_familiar_tale.html.)
What do you love most about running?
Perhaps the fact that, in general, hard work is rewarded and progress is easy to measure. If you increase your commitment to running, your times get faster or your weight gets lighter or whatever. You don’t have the complications of teammates, frequent changes in equipment and venues, etc. To a large extent, it’s just you against the clock.
What are your personal records so far in your sport?
My best times are 15:03 for 5 kilometers, 30:58 for 10 kilometers, 2:22:32 for a marathon, and 6:52:52 for 100 kilometers.
Do you have any running goals for the future?
Of course I do. I’ve been struggling with an Achilles tendon problem for the last six months, so my goal for 2011 is simply to get healthy again. After that, I would like to make it back onto the United States’ 100K World Championship team, which I was a member of in 2005, 2007, and 2008. And I’ll turn 40 in 2013, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to turn in some strong masters times at all distances from 5K on up.
How do you keep in shape?
When healthy, I run every day, with one or two speed workouts per week plus a longer run on the weekend. I also do some commuting by bicycle, though I hesitate to call it cross-training, and chase my 4-year-old son around the playground from time to time.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a runner who is just getting started?
Experiment with different kinds of running — fast vs. slow, continuous vs. intervals, roads vs. track vs. trails vs. treadmill, timed vs. untimed, morning vs. evening, solo vs. with friends, shorter vs. longer — to see what’s most fun for you. Too many people get locked into a pattern that simply represents what they’re used to, not what they enjoy most.
Thanks for the interview Greg!
For all of you Heart Rate Monitors USA readers, be sure to check out Greg’s blog, My Track Record!
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