Running has developed far beyond the limits of sporting events, and has become a way of life. Taking your workout to the pavement or running your sneakers off on a treadmill at your local gym is a liberating, and is often an extremely satisfying experience. Once you start running, you’ll never want to quit.
However, you can’t just expect to put on a pair of running shorts and be on your way in a busy urban area. No, running in a busy city has its rules, advantages, and precautions you have to follow in order to have an efficient and safe run every time. Here are the essential tips for all you aspiring city runners!
Adhere to the rules and regulations
First things first, no matter if you intend to run in the morning before work, or in the evening before dinner, there are rules to urban running that you need to follow at all times in order to stay safe on the streets.
The fresh air might feel invigorating, and the open skies might be calling you to kick it into fifth gear, but remember to always remain aware of your surroundings, look left and right when crossing the streets, and check your six every once in a while. You also want to stick to the running tracks outlined across the city, so as not to ruin your workout by dodging pedestrians and vehicles.
Simply follow the rules, and you will have a great time.
Wear the proper clothes
It might feel that way, but running in a hectic city environment is not as simple as putting on an old sweatshirt and setting out to conquer the streets. Running, like all other sports requires proper clothing specifically designed to improve your performance and safeguard your health and long-term wellbeing.
Wearing your regular clothes might feel fine at first, but soon you will start to experience the aches, pains, and strains of running without protection. In order to prevent damaging your long-term health, be sure to wear breathable, dry-fit compression clothing to stay warm, flexible, and energised throughout your workout.
Sport the right gear
Another essential part of your daily running routine is carrying the right gear to help you push your limits and track your progress. In fitness, you need to be constantly aware where you are in your training career, how far you’ve come, and how far your current goals are. So be sure to download a running app that best suits your needs and aspirations.
Moreover, there can be no successful run without rocking the best tunes to motivate you to crush your goals from the minute you step outside. You want to cancel out the stressful noise of the outside world by wearing immersive in-ear headphones that will help you focus and keep your eyes on the prize.
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Energy on the go
A runner’s load-out is not complete without energy bars and bottled water to fuel your workout and keep you on the road. You will need a steady supply of carbohydrates throughout your run to replenish your energy reserves, so bananas, energy bars, apples, anything carb-based will do the trick.
Be sure to bring plenty of water to boot, at least 750ml, to avoid dehydration and preserve your focus throughout your run. Creating this habit will be crucial for the next step.
Mix up your running routine
Finally, you want to use these tips to optimise your city running and even take it to the next level. After you have mastered the previous steps, it’s time incorporate variety into your routine by running half-marathons, full marathons, charities, night runs, sprints, etc. Remember, the city is your playground, so use the power of running to make fitness as fun and rewarding as possible.
Running is one of the most popular sports in the world, and rightfully so. Be sure to use these essential tips to master the streets of your own city, and pave the road to a lifetime of health and happiness.
Original article by feature writer Roxana Oliver:
Roxana is a lifestyle consultant from Sydney. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine. Roxana recently moved to Europe, loves to travel and write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Her mantra is “every day is a new beginning”. You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook.
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