It was the 17th of November in 2018, when I first joined Spartan Race in Bright, Victoria. The event was the weekend Trifecta race, which means all categories were happening (Sprint, Super, Beast, Ultra, and Hurricane Heat). Since it was my first obstacle race ever, I tested the water by signing up on Sprint category. The 8km obstacle race sounded do-able for me that time, as I also just got back to fitness a month or two then.
Injuries, especially in sports, happen a lot. When a person is injured, it’s up to them to stay on top of their health and ensure that they do not let their injury cause muscle loss or weight gain. It's easier to recover from an injury when you’re healthy.
If you would have approached me ten years ago and told me that I was going to be a cross country runner in high school and fall in love with distance running for the rest of my life, I would have straight up laughed in your face. Growing up, I never considered myself to be the athletic type. But that all changed after my first summer practice in the eighth grade.
As you can probably imagine, training athletes is serious business, and you don't have to be a sports enthusiast to realize that. The sports greats of yesteryear would be totally unremarkable today, and so would the gear that they used to max out their stats.
Running is a great form of cardio and can be an awesome way to improve your mental, physical, and social health. It shouldn't be your sole type of exercise, but it’s up there for overall benefits for you. That being said, running is often hard to get into and stick with for some. Here are five ways to get into running and stick with it!
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As adults, we are always in search of the perfect workout. Our image of this is being at the gym, focusing on lifting weights and doing endless cardio workouts. The one thing we may not have considered is ballet. You may think it’s too late in life, but there are significant reasons to take ballet as an adult that will sculpt your body and get you out of the gym every day.
What you are getting into: a 5-minute, 827 word article about the anatomy and training of being explosive. In summary, if you want to be quick, you need to train quickly.
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When I tell people I'm a runner, I am accustomed to getting very bewildered reactions. They wrinkle their noses, groan, tell me I'm crazy. And then they ask me "Why??" "Why would you EVER want to do THAT? Running sounds horrible."
Working in the senior care field, I am often pleasantly surprised by the energy and verve I see in my aging friends who are 30 and even 40 years older than me. I, too, hope that I will break down the myths of aging when I reach my 80s and beyond, and today, it is far more likely than I would have imagined 10 years ago.
I've never been the most athletic person. I mostly played video games and watched TV during my childhood. During high school I was a chubby teenager. In my early 20s I finally discovered bboying (breakdancing). That was what got me to train my body to become stronger. It wasn't until I got into my 30s that I started to train smarter. Of course, I hit obstacles throughout the different stages in my life and as my body evolved.