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Running With Music VS. Running Without

It’s become pretty common practice to listen to music while running. A killer playlist can make the miles melt away and help you find your rhythm. So, is it better to run with music or without? The main upside of running with music is that it can make your run feel easier. When you’re focusing solely on your pace and technique it can lead to mental fatigue. The Public Library of Science published a study showing the negative impact mental fatigue has on physical performance. Music acts as a distraction. A study conducted by Keele University found that listening to your favourite music whilst running reduces exertion levels and brings on that feeling of ‘being in the zone.’ The external...

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How to Improve Mobility

Mobility is your active range of movement; it’s about moving freely whilst maintaining stability. People often confuse mobility and flexibility, mobility is active, whereas flexibility is passive. Flexibility refers to the ability of your joints to move without pain, for example, being able to touch your toes. While mobility involves your joint’s ability to move through the range of movement. When running, mobility plays a large role in improving the quality of movement and in preventing injuries. You are more likely to lack mobility due to lifestyle factors rather than due to your training regime, for example if you spend most of your day sat at a desk, you may have tight hip flexors. You can easily incorporate mobility exercises...

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The Importance Of Sleep

We all know sleep is essential, but we don’t always make it a priority. It’s easy to forgo sleep in favour of an extra hour of Netflix or to scroll through social media a little longer, but understanding the real importance of sleep, especially when training, makes it a little less tempting. After an intense run the muscles are broken down and undergo micro tears, which are repaired during sleep. This happens during REM sleep (the deepest stage of sleep), the body releases growth hormones which repair muscle tissue. The muscles are paralyzed during this time to allow maximum repair. However, REM sleep usually starts 90 minutes after falling asleep and lasts an average of two hours, so if you...

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Why Your Running Shoes Matter

Running shoes, every runner needs them, but how much attention do we really pay to them? First and foremost, you want to be comfortable when you are running, and you want your feet to be in good shape after for your next run. There’s nothing worse than finishing a run covered in blisters that will keep you out of action for a good few days. The primary need for a good running shoe is to aid your run and to prevent injuries, such as tendonitis or stress fractures. Three to eight times the runner’s body weight acts as a force on the leg muscles with each stride, so it’s crucial to have the right support. If you do feel pain...

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The Benefits of Running

Today is Global Running Day, a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. In the spirit of Global Running Day, we wanted to highlight some of the key benefits and some that you may not have known of before. Runners High Running has mood boosting effects. When you run your brain pumps out feel-good chemicals, which act as a natural pain reliever, helping you to exercise for longer periods of time. These feel-good chemicals are endorphins and endocannabinoids. A type of endocannabinoid called anandamide is found at high levels in the blood of people who have recently completed a run, and research suggests that anandamide may trigger runner’s high, releasing short term positive effects such as reducing...

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