3 Things All Runners Should do in 2024!
Whether you're a seasoned pro or just testing the waters, we've got some top-notch tips to supercharge your running in 2024. Check out the video below or read the full blog post for more detail!
1. Shake Things Up: Short Runs, Long Runs and Chilled-Out Runs
To boost your running performance, it's essential to mix up your training routine. We're all about a well-rounded approach to running.
Short and sweet: Ever tried interval training or tempo runs? These not only get your heart racing but also improve your endurance. Running at a faster pace for shorter distances boosts your anaerobic threshold, which means you can maintain those high speeds for longer.
Go the distance: Long runs are your ticket to building endurance and mental toughness. Regular long-distance runs amp up your cardiovascular capacity, muscle endurance and overall running efficiency. Slowly increasing your mileage helps you toughen up for the long haul.
Cool down with recovery runs: Don't sleep on these chilled-out runs. They help prevent injuries and enhance your overall performance. They improve blood flow, ease muscle soreness and help your body recover between the heavy-hitting sessions. It's all about finding that balance.
2. Get Strong: Building a Resilient Body
Strength training is the secret for peak performance - A sturdy body can handle long-distance running like a champ.
Lay a strong foundation: Resistance exercises like squats, lunges and deadlifts are your best mates here. They'll beef up those leg muscles – think quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves – and help you maintain that elite running form.
Good posture equals fewer injuries and better efficiency. Check out our ISOTIB-LT to work on all of these muscles with just one piece of equipment. Our Nordic Bar will also help you pay special attention to your hamstrings.
Don't neglect the core and upper body: A strong core keeps you steady on your feet while running, improving balance and reducing unnecessary movement. Upper body strength helps you maintain the right arm swing and generate power when you need it most, like during sprints or uphill battles. Our BP-Sled 2.0 is a game changer for boosting your core and upper body strength.
Balance is the name of the game. Aim for two to three full-body strength sessions a week, and give yourself time to recover. Browse our range of best selling strength equipment here.
3. Time to Kick Back and Recover: Putting Your Body First
Don't underestimate the power of rest and recovery. Training is all about the yin and yang of stress and adaptation. To be at your best, you've got to give your body the love it needs to bounce back and improve.
Here's the lowdown on recovery:
Compression boots: These get the blood pumping, soothe those aching muscles and speed up your recovery.
Ice baths: These work wonders by reducing inflammation and helping your muscles bounce back after a gruelling workout.
Embrace the rest day: Taking a day off isn't a sign of weakness, it's a smart move. Use that time to relax with some yoga, stretching or light cross-training. Your body and mind will thank you, and you'll come back stronger than ever.
In a nutshell, mix up your runs, get stronger and show your body some love – that's the key to unlocking your running potential in 2024. Now, lace up those runners and hit the pavement - You’ve got this legend!