A few relatively short bursts of intense exercise, amounting to only a few minutes a week, can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of hours of conventional exercise, according to new research. Enter High Intensity Training (HIT). Three minutes of HIT a week for four weeks improved;
- Insulin sensitivity and
- Aerobic fitness
That isnt the full story though, see the full article at BBC Health.
I found a nice graphic on running technique on Anthony Calvert Illustration.
- Good Form Running Video (christostriathlon1.wordpress.com)
- Run Naturally and Efficiently (superhumanperformance.wordpress.com)
Just 16% Of Women Get Some Exercise Every Day. A look at how Americans use their time working and doing other activities, from Business Insider.
A typical day
Improving fitness in America Infographic from NordicTrack.
Even a moderate amount of physical activity is beneficial, Surgeon General.
Improving Fitness in America
Another motivational image.
Following on from yesterdays post on Stretching for runners, I found this useful article Good Stretch? Bad Stretch? How to decide for yourself. Seems to be pretty good common sense advice, I thought this paragraph pretty much summed it all up;
Just as there are no good or bad exercises, there are no good or bad stretches; only what is appropriate for the specific requirements of the individual.
- Rules to Stretch By (rhvillegas.wordpress.com)
- Why Stretch? (thecreativestream.wordpress.com)
Image via Wikipedia
I’ve realised that I need to stretch more, after a run my calf muscles seem a little tight. So after every run I now do the upper calf stretch and hold it for around 30 seconds on each leg.
I needed more, so a quick search on Google found the Runner’s World guide to stretching for runners. Hopefully incorporating these in every workout should do the trick. I’ll keep you posted!