It’s finally getting warmer out, which means it’s time for all of us hibernators to get back into a real fitness
routine (don’t give us that look) so we can fit into our swimmers from last summer (remember those?). One of the easiest, most enjoyable ways to get into shape is to run. Time spent outside in the great outdoors, no gym fees and all you need are two feet and a heartbeat (well, and maybe a few other things). Here are some tips for getting into the runner’s groove and excited about running. It IS possible to be excited about running, we promise.
Start small, work up Everyone says start slowly and work your
way up to being a long-distance (or short-distance) runner. Starting out with short bursts of speed has been proven to build momentum, so try jogging for three minutes and sprinting for one. Couch to 5K is a helpful downloadable program for
people starting from zero and implementing a fitness routine into their lives,
at their pace.
You know the difference between Norah Jones
and Girl Talk? One makes you want to jump in a bubble bath, the other makes you
want to do everything at hyperspeed. A good playlist can really make the
difference between a good workout and a great one, so make sure you have tracks
with good beats. Podrunner.com is a great website for downloading running mixes
– you can even choose music to go along with your pace. Music selections range from 120 to 181 BPM.
Run with friends
You just can’t sleep in if it means your
friend is left at the end of your driveway. She’ll kill you. So get a foolproof
way to get out there on the track, the street, the gym, the treadmill… running with
friends allows you to catch up while burning serious calories.
Ever heard of The Color Run? If you and your friends are feeling adventurous, head down to
Montreal on Saturday, August 17 for the most outrageous 5K you’ll ever
join. Participants are encouraged to wear white, so when completely doused with paint during the run they can take home a colourful keepsake at
You can’t just run a 10K every time you feel the urge. No
matter how ready to run you feel, overexerting yourself will just hurt you in
the long run. So use an app or website like mapmyrun.com to log your runs
every day (or every other day, every three days, we’re not perfect), making sure you’re not overdoing it and track
your improvements over time.
We’ve all had running shoes that just ended
up doing more harm than good. Nobody likes blisters or bruises (it’s almost sandal season!) so making sure you have reliable footwear is really important. We like Reebok RealFlex Strength TR shoes – they providetraditional flexibility and lightweight feel, plus extra mid-foot stability. Forget Red Bull – these will give you wings. And they’re cute.
Oh, Joe Fresh Style. Just when we thought we had all the accessories, work outfits and cute bathers that we needed, you went and did it again. Enter the 42-piece Jogi collection. And to be clear – it’s pronounced Yo-gi, not Jo-gi. Clever, aren’t they?
True to Joe Fresh style, this new line of health and wellness accessories is very reasonable. How affordable? Nothing’s priced over $45.
Sold at select Loblaw stores, don’t let the name mislead you; the collection spans well beyond yoga gear. Here are some of our favourite items:
Yoga gloves, $10. For those readers who are hot yogis, you know the feelings of frustration when you’re schvitzingduring downward dog. These gloves grip the mat, keeping you firmly in place. There are also yoga socks to boot. No pun intended. $10
Now we wouldn’t use the term “lazy” since we are talking about activewear items. However, something about “convenient” workout kits gives us the extra boost to get moving. Jogi launched such workout sets as the Step Set shown above, that comes with the right equipment for the focused workout you are looking for. The Elemental Jogi Kit, for example, features a non-slip yoga mat, two yoga bricks and a yoga strap to improve strength and flexibility. $40
The cardio kit also does the “convenient” trick. We can improve our cardio endurance and performance with a jump rope, or neoprene ankle or wrist weights for some added oomph. Finish it off with cushioned push-up bars, and our workout for the day is done. $25
Finally, the universal balance board. Taking us back to the playground days, these funky-looking boards are a fun way to work on your balance and core. $20
With so many different workout options, our excuses are limited. The pieces are cute, in pretty colours that motivate us to create our own gym and get jacked. Pronounced j-acked, not y-acked.