Bored with your workout? Try these fun treadmill ideasTreadmill running has a bad rep. Treadmills can be boring, sure, but running outside can be just as boring if you never vary your pace or your terrain.
Plus, when running indoors, you can control the thermostat, enjoy cushioning that protects your joints, and stop worrying about bad weather, stopping for cars, or other uniquely outdoor-running problems.
Try one of these three workouts next time you're on the 'mill to build fitness and help the time fly by.
The Key to Workout Success
RANDOM INTERVALS Unpredictable incline and speed changes provide a more complete workout than a steady pace on a flat surface, because they force you to work different muscles.
The Workout: Just a little variation in your run helps the time go by much faster. Try a 10-minute warmup, 20 minutes of your treadmill's random intervals setting, and a 10-minute cooldown.
Fuel Up for a Better Workout
SITCOM RACE-PACE RUN Treadmills are a great tool to help you lock in a goal race pace, since you can set it and
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Bored with your workout? Try these fun treadmill ideasTreadmill running has a bad rep. Treadmills can be boring, sure, but running outside can be just as boring if you never vary your pace or your terrain.Read More »from 3 Fun Treadmill Workouts
Chances are, if you're looking at this page, you're either totally new to running, or you're trying to get back to it after a long layoff. Read More »from How Do I Start Running?
The good news is that running is one of the simplest ways to get in shape. You already know "how to run," in the literal sense--it's just like walking, but faster!
Run Your First 5K
We're guessing these questions are really the ones you're looking to answer:
So how do I start?
Slowly. If you haven't run in the last six months, first build up to walking continuously for 30 minutes. Then add running for 10 to 20 seconds every minute, walking the balance, for a total of 30 minutes. Run every other day, gradually adding five to 10 seconds to your run time.
Follow This Weekly Plan & Tips to Start Running
Won't I be sore?
Not excessively. It's common to "earn" a bit of muscle soreness in the beginning. But there's no need to feel pain, especially if you start with short, slow periods of running, take plenty of walk breaks, and gradually increase your
Many of us start the New Year with a long list of well-intended diet resolutions--like giving up all dessert or forgoing fat. But large, sweeping goals are often unrealistic and impossible to achieve, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and defeated before you even begin. Read More »from 7 Simple Food Resolutions for a Healthy 2012
The better route? Make smaller, more manageable changes that will keep you motivated and reshape the way you approach food. Try one (or a few) of these:
Run Your First 5K: Here's How
1. EAT THREE FOOD GROUPS AT BREAKFAST
Research shows that breakfast eaters keep off more weight than those who skip the meal. But many morning foods, like cereal, are high in carbs and not much else--which won't keep hunger at bay for long. Make sure your breakfast includes lean protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Fat helps you feel satisfied, while carbs provide quick energy to jump-start your body after a nightlong fast. Protein helps build and repair muscle and is slow-digesting, so it keeps you full.
2. JOIN THE MEATLESS MONDAY
These foods will help you stay healthy and fit during colder months.Winter presents a number of fitness obstacles. Shorter, darker days and icy roads can freeze training in its tracks, while a storm of season-specific health problems--including cold fingers and toes, stiff, achy joints, and even seasonal depression--can leave you wanting to skip your workout altogether. Luckily, making certain foods and drinks a regular part of your diet can help you avoid common winter problems, says David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Optimal Life Foods. So before a winter woe sidelines you, try these consumable prescriptions for staying healthy all season long.Read More »from 5 Foods to Prevent Winter Ailments
Set--and achieve--a goal for 2012
COLD HANDS AND FEET
FOOD FIX The amino acid arginine helps expand blood vessels and encourages blood flow, Grotto says. Arginine is found in protein-rich foods, including lean meat, poultry, and fish, as well as cashews, almonds, and peanuts, plus cereal grains, such as oats and barley. Tea, wine, cocoa, and chocolate can also help: They're rich in catechins, tannins, and
After a chilly workout, few meals are more satisfying than soup. Warm and comforting, "soup provides a big bang for your buck," says sports nutritionist Lisa Dorfman, R.D. "You can get lots of protein, fiber, and carbs for not a lot of calories." Research shows that eating soup before a meal reduces calorie intake during that meal by 20 percent, making it great for weight loss. These soups are easy to make--and savor. Each recipe yields two to three servings and tastes even better as leftovers.Read More »from 4 Hearty and Healthy Winter Soups
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LENTIL AND BLACK BEAN
This vegan stew is thick and superfilling thanks to the beans and lentils. Both are good sources of protein and fiber-rich carbs. "The body absorbs these nutrients slowly, keeping energy and hunger levels on an even keel," says sports nutritionist Monique Ryan, R.D. One cup of lentils contains almost all of your daily need for folate, a B vitamin that's key for the formation of energy-supplying red blood cells. Chili powder, cumin, and
Are you picking the right workout-friendly foods? Most supermarkets stock more than 30,000 items, yet every time we race up and down the aisles of the grocery store, we toss into our carts the same 10 to 15 foods. Which isn't such a bad thing, as long as you're taking home the right foods--ones that will keep you healthy and fuel your workouts. These 15 foods fit the bill-add them to your must-buy list:Read More »from 15 Foods that Boost Workout Results
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Almonds These are an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that many of us fall short on because there are so few good food sources of it. And the form of vitamin E found in the nuts, called gamma-tocopherol (a form not typically found in supplements), may also help protect against cancer.
Eggs One egg fulfills about 10 percent of your daily protein needs. Egg protein is the most complete food protein short of human breast milk, which means the protein in eggs contains all the crucial amino acids your hard-working muscles need to promote recovery.
Sweet potatoes Just a single
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- The Editors of Runner's World | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 10:40 AM EST
--By Meghan G. Loftus, Associate Multimedia Editor of Runner's WorldRead More »from How I'm Choosing to Stay Active This Holiday Season
Meghan Loftus is pledging to run a mile a day until the new year!Just because I work at Runner's World doesn't mean I'm any better than anyone else at staying fit through the holiday season. In fact, I might argue that I'm worse.
Once I complete my big fall race--this year, I ended with the Philadelphia Marathon on November 20--I am free from the rigid five-days-a-week training plan I'd been following for the previous four months. Usually, I have a spring race in mind, and training for those doesn't start until January or February.
7 Minutes to a Stronger Body-No Gym Required
I always have good intentions to run (and strength-train) through this plan-free expanse of time.
But then, it's cold and snowy and dark outside. And my schedule fills up with holiday parties and travel plans. And I tell myself, "It's cool. Training for (insert spring race here) starts in just a few weeks. I might as well be lazy while I still can!"
And then, a few weeks later, I begin my spring training a
For most women, a good sports bra is as important as the right shoes. And as with shoes, no one bra is perfect for everyone. To help you figure out which bra works for you, we recruited 25 testers, who ranged in size from 32A to 38DD, to run in the latest models. These 7 are among their favorites.
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Runner's World, we asked our readers: "Why do you run?" Some of them had amazing stories, and some of those amazing stories were chosen to appear in the magazine.For the December issue of Read More »from Why Do You Run? 3 Runners Share Their Reasons
Here are a few of them. Prepare to be motivated and inspired. And then, tell us in the comments: Why do you run?
Pick a Running Goal That Works for You
35, Menlo Park, California
Why she runs: To cope as her son struggles with hemophilia
CHRISTINE ORR RAN CROSS-COUNTRY and track in high school and was in it to win it. As a young adult, she laced up to lose weight. But in all that time, running was always a "should," not a "want." That changed in December 2009 when her second son, John, was born with a severe form of hemophilia (a bleeding disorder) that had the family rushing to the ER frequently. It took that diagnosis to discover one of running's true powers: release.
"I started running so I could just go cry without upsetting my kids [James Jr., 5, and John, 2] and husband