Conditioning Exercise for Runners

Conditioning with XTERRA Treadmills

While many fitness enthusiasts enjoy running, not all runners enjoy performing other types of conditioning. As a runner, however, it is important to remember that running efficiently necessitates coordination between all of your muscles. Consider all that goes into it—not only are your leg muscles pushing against the ground; they’re also working with your core to maintain the frequency of strides. Running requires a great deal of energy and oxygen, and without properly conditioning certain parts of your body it is more difficult to deliver them throughout your system.

Here are a few things you can do off the treadmill to make your running more effective and efficient.

Work Out Your Upper Body

While many people consider their legs to be the only important part of running, your back, neck, shoulders, and arms all play a key role in maintaining a good running position. Even if you only work out your upper body once a week, it will dramatically improve your performance as a runner. Try out a new exercise each week—pushups, bench presses, dumbbell curls, or any of the many other options.

Work Out Your Lower Body

It may seem obvious, but your lower body needs to be in great condition if you want to run your best. Using a weight of some kind in order to perform standing workout such as squats or lunges not only strengthens your core and increases your balance, it also build muscle which leads to an increase in running speed.

Work Our Your Abs and Lower Back

You abs and lower back play a key role in coordinating motion between your upper and lower body during a run, maintaining your stability and balance. Sit-ups, crunches, and hyperextensions are a great way to build strength in these regions.

Get on the Path to Summer Fitness with XTERRA Fitness and ActivewearUSA

XTERRA Elliptical Giveaway through ActiveWearUSA

2013 is behind us, and the 2014 summer swimsuit season is approaching rapidly, so XTERRA Fitness and ActivewearUSA have teamed up to help one lucky person down the path to fitness by giving away an XTERRA Free Style 5.6e elliptical. That’s a $1,799.99 piece of advanced training equipment that can be yours for nothing at all. Talk about getting a head start down the trail to achieving your health goals!

Whether your summer adventures involve hiking in the mountains, participating in a marathon, going for a jog down the beach, or just shedding a few pounds, the Free Style 5.6e provides an expansive array of features to help you accomplish your fitness goals for the upcoming spring and summer.

The training power of the Free Style 5.6e brings home:

  • 20″stride length with a 2″ Q Factor (distance between the pedals) for a more biomechanically correct stride.
  • 2 degree inward pedal tilt for knee comfort.
  • 20 electronic incline levels.
  • 20 electronic resistance levels.
  • 5 standard programs.
  • 2 custom programs.
  • 2 heart-rate controlled programs.
  • Built in speakers and audio jack.
  • Built in cooling fan.
  • And much more.

The end of the giveaway signup is approaching fast on March 31st, so if you want to bring home the training power of the XTERRA Free Style 5.6e elliptical for free, get your name in quick. The winner will be randomly selected from a pool of ActivewearUSA newsletter subscribers and Twitter followers.

Click here to find out more about the giveaway, and good luck down the path to accomplishing your summer fitness goals.

Don’t Lose Your Pace: New Year’s Might Be Over but Your Resolution Shouldn’t Be

XTERRA - Don't Loose Your Pace

We’re nearly three months into 2014, and as many who have made New Year’s resolutions in the past know, now is about the time when that resolution can begin to wane, especially when it comes to that much-uttered declaration, “This year I’m going to get into shape!”

It can happen for a variety of reasons. Maybe you feel like you don’t have enough time in your day, or perhaps you’ve simply begun to forget the excitement you felt when you first started your adventure into health and fitness. Regardless of the reasoning, many people make resolutions, and many people break them.

But don’t give up so easily! While we’re three months further from New Year’s Eve, remember that we’re three months closer to swimsuit season. If you stop your adventure into fitness now, you’ll be kicking yourself for it later.

Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself on the path to keeping your resolution to get into shape.

Stop making excuses.

I’ve found that when the time for my daily workout comes along, I’m really good at making excuses to try to get myself out of it. I say that I don’t have time, or that I’m not in the mood, or that I worked out enough yesterday and I’ll do an extra-long one tomorrow. The problem is that once you’ve missed one day, it’s really easy to do it again the next.

Set reasonable goals.

One problem that people have when it comes to their fitness goals is that they set the bar too high. They imagine that they’ll lose 50 pounds in two months, but once the two months are up, they’re disappointed at the results. Setting too big a goal is like putting a giant wall on the path in front of you that is impossibly large to climb over. Instead, set up your goals like a series of smaller hurdles that are within your capabilities. As you clear each one, you’ll find yourself experiencing a series of small, motivating thrills. That’s a lot better than setting yourself up for one big disaster.

Modern workout equipment like the XTERRA treadmills and ellipticals provide a variety of tools for monitoring your progress. Use these to set goals such as daily calories burned, weekly increases in workout speed or distance, or keeping up your pace and heart-rate.

Find support from others.

Talk to your friends about your fitness goals, and be open to both giving and receiving encouragement. There are also many health and fitness forums online where people share encouragement and exercise tips.

When it comes to keeping your fitness resolution, the most important thing you can do is remind yourself why you wanted to get into better shape in the first place. You wanted to feel healthier, look better, be more capable, and achieve an all-around better standard of living. When you stack up motivators that are as important as these against a few paltry excuses, which is going to win out?

If you need one final reason to keep up your resolution, just remind yourself—you have to choose between being lazy now, and having the beach-bod you’ve been working toward when June rolls around.