summer run

Starting a summer running program? Get the most from your workout with tips from health expert David Kirsch's tips.

During your run:
  • Fix your gaze straight ahead. Pick a point in the distance and run towards it in a straight line, says David. Staying focused on the "finish line" will making running feel effortless and more fulfilling.
  • Loosen up! Periodically "shake out" your shoulders and arms. This will save a lot of energy in the long run.
  • Don't forget to breathe! Establish a comfortable breathing pattern – it shouldn't feel like work. If you start to feel short of breath, slow down and re-set your rhythm.
  • Make every minute count. No lazy sightseeing jogging, please.

After your run:
  • Cool down with a stretching routine to boost recovery and flexibility. Stretch your hamstrings, quads, hips, groin, butt, calves, shoulders, abs, chest
Stay hydrated:
  • Drink up! Don't just rely on plain water. Replace the minerals such as potassium and sodium lost through sweat with water containing electrolytes and good energy bars with complex carbs.
Think of food as fuel:
  • How you fuel your body is as important as your workout when it comes to reaching your potential. Plan to refuel five times a day or every 3 hours with lean proteins, whole-grain carbs and omega-3's to feed your muscles, keep your blood flowing and your body energized.
Celebrate small victories!
  • Keep a training log, track your progress and celebrate your small victories each week, whether it be an improved pace or healthy snacks you started eating.