Training

  • The Side Plank: Build Endurance in Your Core and Lower Back

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    The lower back area is commonly ignored in running and strength training. Stretching exercises can help prevent pain and injury in the lower back. The Side Plank is a lower back exercise that can be useful for a runner. Not only does this exercise build strength and endurance in the core, keeping a person’s lower…

  • Downward Facing Dog Pose Relieves A Long, Stressful Day

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    The Downward Facing Dog Pose helps the brain relieve daily stress, relieves depression, and improves the flexibility of the hips, knees and ankles. This is an excellent pose to engage in prior to going to bed after a long, stressful day. Place your palms on the floor in front of you. Step back one leg…

  • The Best Yoga Pose for Rest and Relaxation

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    There are numerous yoga poses that are common to most classes. Some are strenuous poses to create flexibility within the body while others calm and relax the body to relieve daily stresses. The Savasana Pose is one of the most relaxing sequences in yoga for runners. Also called the Corpse Pose, it is an important…

  • Should I Run For Time or Run For Distance?

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    Whether you are an accomplished or novice runner, it is important to understand the difference between running for time and running for distance. Both variables will help you with your race training. Checking time or distance help you set physical goals and improve training. Health Benefits of Both Running Types Distance improves a person’s endurance…

  • High Intensity Interval Training: An Alternative to Those Long Runs

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    Having come from a battle of bad genetics, motivation and knowledge myself, I am more than happy to share how I learnt to run effectively and most importantly, efficiently. What does it mean to run efficiently? By running “efficiently”, I mean taking the the least amount of time required to achieve the biggest improvement. You…

  • Make the Gym Mobile and Bring Your Strength Work on a Run

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    Long and stressful days in the office, queues at the supermarket, battling the MRT crowd home – a few of the daily challenges facing Singaporeans, one of the hardest working countries in the world. Not surprisingly slotting in training can be rather difficult. Balancing running, strength training and stretching… there’s not enough hours in the…

  • 4 Big Benefits of Active Recovery

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    Do the terms “active recovery” or “recovery workout” seem to make little sense to you? After all, the word “recovery” usually means taking a break from physical activity. Myths like “muscles grow at rest” and the thought that everyone should take a day or two off from exercising each week do bring to light that…

  • 5 Big Benefits that Cross Training Can Bring to Running

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    It’s no secret that runners are a competitive bunch. No matter what level you are at, the desire to get an edge is a natural one for runners. And while it is possible to create some of this competitive edge yourself by digging deep and pushing yourself through the last mile or hundred meters, you…

  • Common Mistakes Marathoners Make, and How To Best Recover After Your Marathon

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    The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2013 is shaping up to be one of the largest running events in Singapore, and we do expect to see fresh faces running their very first marathon on race day. But running a marathon requires proper preparation and training. Dr. Frankie Tan is the Head of Sports Physiology at Singapore…

  • Keep a Running Log to Track and Maximise Your Progress

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    Whenever someone takes up running they have specific goals in mind. Perhaps it is time to finally shed those extra 15 pounds they’ve been carrying around for so long. Maybe running a marathon is on their bucket list. Of course, it could simply just be to stay in good shape. Beyond the right shoes, stretching…

  • Top 3 Problems Vertical Marathoners Face

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    Vertical marathons share some similarities with regular marathons, in that they both are endurance sports which will test your limits physically and mentally. The difference lies in the distance. Standard marathons are 42KM long and typically take 3-4 hours to finish, while vertical marathons take place over a relatively short distance, and depending on the…