Blog Posts by The Editors of Runner's World

  • Overcome the 4 Lamest Excuses for Not Running

    Sensible ways to quiet common anxietiesSensible ways to quiet common anxietiesThe warmer weather means it's time to lace up for exercise outdoors. While running seems like the obvious workout choice, doubts about your ability could be holding you back from trying it. Such fears can get in the way of progress--for example, if you get too worked up about your ability to complete a workout or stick with friends on a run, the negative thoughts and associated stress can sap your energy and motivation. On the other hand, you can make anxiety work for you if you recognize it as an opportunity to develop positive coping strategies. Here's how to conquer what's in your head and become a runner!

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    "I can barely run a minute without walking." Focus on how long you can run. Walk breaks erase fatigue, allowing you to cover more distance. If you'd like to eventually run 60 seconds straight, once a week add five seconds to every other run segment of your run/walk ratio.

    "I'll be so tired/sore." Soreness and fatigue are often due

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  • The Only 5 Ab Moves You'll Ever Need

    Core muscles include the postural muscles, which includes the muscles of the back, stomach, and hips. These muscles help us stand upright, transfer energy, and distribute the stress of bearing weight on two legs. Coming up with a core workout routine is fairly simple and you can do it anywhere; it doesn't require weights or going to the gym, unless you want it to!

    Here are our favorite basic core exercises to get you started. You should do these daily, but start with every other day to give your muscles recovery time. Begin with just a few repetitions and increase the number gradually. Planks and the Superman Pose can be held for 20 to 30 seconds initially and then gradually extend the time.

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    1. The Basic Plank

    Hold for 30 seconds, relax and repeat. Gradually increase the number of repetitions and the length of time you hold the pose.

    2. The Side Plank
    Hold for 30 seconds, relax and repeat. Gradually increase repetitions and time.

    3. The

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  • 10 Tips for Weight Loss that Lasts

    It's almost time to hit the beach, but you're still about 25 pounds away from your weight loss goal. Sure, it's a tall order. But you can shed weight quickly, depending on how much you have to lose and how focused you remain.

    Oftentimes, simple, easy changes can help you see results right away. That said, patience is an important part of the successful weight-loss formula. The pounds didn't get packed on overnight; it's going to take some time to establish healthy eating and exercise habits, and shed the not-so-healthy ones. If you follow these 10 steps, it won't feel like mission impossible, and you'll be more likely to keep the weight off.

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    1. Do some detective work. Take some time to identify the most likely culprits of the unwanted weight. Are fried or sugary foods too tough to resist? Is it hard to avoid noshing whenever free food is within arm's reach? Are you too tired and busy to shop and cook healthy meals? Or do

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  • Top 10 Fitness Habits That'll Get You Fit for Summer

    Memorial Day is quickly approaching--yet, despite exercising and watching what you eat, the elastic in your workout shorts seems to be as tight as your hamstrings. We've all been there.

    Last week, we listed the top 10 eating habits that put you on the fast-track to a healthier, summer body. Getting lean requires more than just dieting, though. You need to be vigilant about your diet and consistent with exercise so that you maximize calorie burn, increase muscle mass, and decrease body fat. This week, we're sharing our top 10 list of fitness tips from dietitians and coaches. Get ready to lose!

    1. DON'T BELIEVE WHAT YOU SEE

    While pace and incline numbers on the treadmill are accurate, one number likely isn't: the calorie count. "The number doesn't take into account your metabolic rate or current condition, which make a big difference in the rate of calories you burn," says Gregory Florez, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.

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  • Top 10 Eating Habits That'll Get You Fit for Summer

    We've all been there: Despite exercising and watching what you eat, the elastic in your workout shorts seems to be as tight as your hamstrings. "Ninety-five percent of the active people I work with want to lose some weight," says Cassie Dimmick, M.S., R.D., a sports dietitian and running coach in Springfield, Missouri.

    Getting lean requires the same trait that makes you get up at 5 a.m. for a workout: discipline. You need to be vigilant about your diet and consistent with exercise so that you maximize calorie burn, increase muscle mass, and decrease body fat. Luckily, it's easier than it sounds when you employ these tactics from dietitians and coaches. Here, we present the top 10 eating habits that'll help you get lean. Get ready to lose (plus, check back later this week for our list of the top exercise tips)!

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    1. DON'T DRINK SUGAR
    A study out of Tufts University in Boston looked at the association between sugar-sweetened drinks and

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  • The Best Workout Times for You

    How to schedule quality workouts precisely to achieve your best resultsHow to schedule quality workouts precisely to achieve your best resultsMost of us know what types of workouts and how much effort it takes to see results. What's more challenging, perhaps, is scheduling these sessions so you get the most out of each effort. "It's important to time your workouts correctly, and a lot of people do it wrong," says Jason Fitzgerald, a Washington, D.C.-based coach, 2:39 marathoner, and founder of StrengthRunning.com. Getting the right amount of rest between quality workouts helps the body recover and adapt, while knowing the best time of day to do certain workouts can yield a more productive session. Clearly, whenever you can get up and workout, you should--but if you've got options, here's how to time everything just right. (PLUS: Are you eating right for your workout? Find out how you should fuel up, in 16 Healthy and Yummy Pre-Workout Snacks.)

    Go long in the a.m.
    "One of the primary reasons to do a long run is to improve fat-burning metabolism," says Scott Fliegelman, a coach in Boulder, Colorado, and founder of FastForward

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  • The Future of Marathons, Post-Boston

    Amby Burfoot is Editor at Large for Runner's World and author of the magazine's Peak Performance column. He is a member of the Running Hall of Fame and winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon. Below is Amby's first-hand account of yesterday's events and his reaction. For a video clip of his response, you can watch his appearance on Rachel Maddow's 'Fresh Air'. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the running community.

    Photo by Mark Z. (alshain49 via Flickr Creative Commons)We had already started our celebration of another completed Boston Marathon. With little more than a half-mile to go, John and Megan Valentine and I were discussing how we could possibly improve on a great cornering photo (Hereford onto Boylston) that emerged from our run in the 2008 Boston.

    The Aftermath: Stay updated by checking our full coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon's events.

    This year, five years later, on the 45th anniversary of my win in 1968, we had enjoyed a near-perfect run. The weather was close to ideal, and the crowds immense and more

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  • The Future of Marathons After Boston: Reaction from Runner's World Editor

    Amby Burfoot is Editor at Large for Runner's World and author of the magazine's Peak Performance column. He is a member of the Running Hall of Fame and winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon. Below is Amby's first-hand account of yesterday's events and his reaction. For a video clip of his response, you can watch his appearance on Rachel Maddow's 'Fresh Air'. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the running community.

    Photo by Mark Z. (alshain49 via Flickr Creative Commons)We had already started our celebration of another completed Boston Marathon. With little more than a half-mile to go, John and Megan Valentine and I were discussing how we could possibly improve on a great cornering photo (Hereford onto Boylston) that emerged from our run in the 2008 Boston.

    The Aftermath: Stay updated by checking our full coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon's events.

    This year, five years later, on the 45th anniversary of my win in 1968, we had enjoyed a near-perfect run. The weather was close to ideal, and the crowds immense and more

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  • When to Buy New Fitness Gear

    Spring clean your fitness gearSpring clean your fitness gearWe're not sure if running and hoarding have a symbiotic relationship, but many fitness junkies do seem to have a hard time getting rid of stinky shoes, sweat-stained shirts, and sagging shorts. Here's some help figuring out when it's time to buy new workout apparel.

    Sports bras: High-impact exercise accelerates the stretching of all the components of the bra that provide support. "A good general rule is that a bra lives for no more than a year if you wear it three to four times a week," says LaJean Lawson, Ph.D., an exercise scientist and expert in sports bra design. D cups may need to be replaced earlier. (Here, a list of the Best Sports Bra for Every Size.)

    Shoes: The guideline of 300 to 500 miles per pair is a good generality, but Michael Aish, co-owner of the Boulder Running Company Denver Tech Center, is more concerned with how hard you wear the shoes. "If you hit the ground with a clomp and run mostly on concrete, your shoes will have a much shorter shelf-life than if you barely

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  • 5 Snacks Designed for Fitness Results

    The snacking urge hits all of us at some time or another. I rarely meet someone who doesn't confess to reaching for junk food in the hours following a long workout or a stressful day at the office. There's nothing wrong with snacking per se. Well-designed (i.e. healthy) snacks can prevent severe hunger pangs and consequent binges, can fuel you for a workout when you haven't the time or the stomach for a full meal, and finally, snacks can add energy and otherwise-missing nutrients to your diet. The trick is knowing what to choose. To help, here's a list of nutritious, satisfying snacks complete with reasons to choose them and nutritional highlights. Consider one of these the next time you find yourself staring into the abyss of your pantry and reaching for the chips... (and while you're at it, here are some tips on How to Makeover Your Eating Habits.)

    Snack Choice: Trail mix containing ¾ cup bran flakes tossed with ¼ cup each dried berries, apricots, and mixed nuts

    Nutritional

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