Great Britain Athlete and British Record Holder, John Lane is back again this month to give you his fitness tips to help you get the best out of your health and fitness.
Say No to Niggles
One of the main reasons why people start running or going to the gym is to lose weight and stay healthy. One of the main reasons why people stop this is because of injuries and complacency. Something small such as correct running posture and technique could help you prevent injuries and in turn, help you continue training and feeling good!
Keep on Top of Things
The more you exercise, the more you could potentially pick up niggles. If you have any niggles that are showing there face during your run or gym sessions, keep tabs on these as they might turn into injuries that require you to stop training for a few weeks.
Train with a Buddy
Going for long runs can be both hard on the body and on the mind. Running with a GPS watch can help you keep an eye on your pace, distance and the amount of calories you have burned. Running with an IPod can be a great distraction whilst training and can also keep you going on those long, dark wet evenings.
Warm Up and Cool Down
Adding in both a warm up and cool down into your session will help you get more quality out of your session and help prevent injuries post exercise. Warming up tells your body to raise its heart rate and get your muscles ready for your session. Stretching, as a part of your cool down, will help your muscle flexibility and help you recover for your next training session.
H2O is still Number One
There are a lot of sports drinks, both caffeinated and non-caffeinated on the market these days. For hydration, there is none better than normal everyday H2O. Water is still the best way to hydrate both you and your muscles. Try to drink as much water as you can through out the day to ensure you will be properly hydrated to hit the gym later.