Running has gained in popularity lately, and most people who take up this fitness activity do it with the intention of joining a marathon. Weeks of training is required if you want to reach the finish line – and most importantly, one will have to improve in both upper and lower body strength.
The question is, how can you do do a full body workout to help you train for a marathon? Fitness First has come up with the ‘Freestyle Training’ which will reduce your workout time and yet still strengthen all your muscles. Among some of the Freestyle Training offered at Fitness First are: suspension cable, kettlebell, medicine ball, functional cable machine, ViPR, BOSU ball, speed ladder and agility equipment.
We’ve also gotten some tips from experienced Freestyle Movement Specialists at Fitness First on how to excel your race!
1.Consult your doctor before signing up for a race if you have any medical conditions that may put you at risk.
2. Prepare for the race by doing the training, looking not just at running the distance but by also planning your meals pre training, during the run and post run.
3. On race day you should be in a familiar pattern which will help calm the nerves.
4. Train yourself prior to the race by attempting to run the distance of the race. It will be a good time to train yourself and keep notice of your pace – Joining the gym or a fitness class would be the best option to ensure you get a full body workout.
5. Stay hydrated by drinking fluids constantly to keep your body temperature low.
6. Sleep well and try your best to rest prior to race day as it is extremely important for your body to gather all the energy it can to make it to the finish line.
7. Know your limits – If you feel that your body cannot take it any longer or if something is not right, take a break or slow down – you don’t want to end up with an injury.
8. Avoid wearing new shoes on the race day as there is a high possibility you will experience discomfort.
9. For comfort, dress as if it is 10 degrees warmer than the actual temperature as your body temperature will increase as you run.
10. Try not to lie down straight after the race – Keep on moving until your able to bring your heart rate down to its normal level.