The holidays are coming.
And it’s tempting to skip a scheduled run when there’s no time for it. But not you, because you are hardcore.
And because of all the benefits! Here, I’ll list some for you.
- Time alone.
- Lots of calories burned.
- You’ll feel like you accomplished something and,
- You got something done so you’ll also feel successful.
See? Tons of good benefits to be had.
Holiday Running Tips
- Stay Flexible
When your schedule is nuts, aim for shorter runs that week. When life allows for it, workout a bit longer. For instance, if you normally get in five, 45-minute workouts every week, you might aim for 3-4 40-minute sessions during your busiest weeks. This will allow you to stay on track, stay motivated and move through the season. How to Stay Motivated to Run During the Holidays by Jenny Hadfield, Runner’s World
If you’re normally an afternoon or evening runner, maybe, just maybe, drag yourself out of bed to run in the morning? Whenever you can squeeze in just 20 minutes is definitely going to be a win.
2. Push the Pace with High-Intensity Runs (HIIT Runs)
High-intensity runs alternate between an intense running effort and a recovery running effort. It really feels more like: “I feel like I’m going to die.” and “I don’t feel like I’m going to die anymore.”.
“For the athlete who’s already doing intervals,” says Martin Gibala, Ph.D., a McMaster University researcher, “upping the intensity with short bursts of speed may provide new benefits.” Your cardiovascular system gets stronger and pushes more oxygen-rich blood through your body. Muscles get better at using that oxygenated blood. Your stride becomes more efficient as coordination between the muscles and nervous system improves. The perks may even extend to reducing your risk for chronic diseases by improving blood sugar control. Run Faster with High Intensity Interval Training by
Do you have running tips to share? How do you change your running routine when life gets busy? Leave a comment below!
featured image via Jake Melara