Completed first goal of running 20 minutes in just 7 weeks with group, with some starting from nothing which is a great achievement for them!
Weight Loss Secret #1 – Reflect on all of the choices that you make. When you look at yourself in the mirror while you are eating, it may actually help you to consume as much as between 22 and 32 percent fewer calories.
Can exercise really be fun? The answer is yes – if you go about it the right way. There are many different motivational books about exercise and the main component is usually that group exercise is the most effective. If you have been thinking about getting fit, why not help other people join you on your journey? Here are some great exercise plans that everyone can enjoy.
If you’re trying to lose weight but finding it nearly impossible, it may not be that you are to blame. Is your diet really the culprit? In many cases, failing on a diet doesn’t mean that you have no willpower or that you are incapable of losing weight. It just means that you may not have picked the diet plan…
Let’s face it, when it comes to starting an exercise plan, few of us actually enjoy it. Who wants to get all tired and sweaty when it’s so much easier to sit on the couch and languish? This causes most of us to make excuses and find ways to keep busy so that we have a reason to avoid exercising. However, there are ways that you can get past this stage and make that effort towards getting healthier.
Running Groups: For or Against?
Reasons to join a group — or stick to solo running.
1) You like to talk and run. Some runners enjoy using their time out on the road to socialize and chat. Many group runners invite a social atmosphere where running and talking is encouraged, and it does tend to make the time (and the miles) pass faster. Even if you’re not up for a conversation while running (or can’t run and talk easily at the same time), many find the camaraderie welcome.
2) You lack motivation to push yourself. Most group runs have different pace groups, which is fantastic for those runners who are looking to improve on their training and hit more aggressive time goals. By selecting a faster pace group you can help push yourself to better results.
3) You are new to a city and are single. I’ve heard many stories of freshly relocated runners not only hooking up with a running group but finding someone special. If you want to meet like-minded singles, scope out a local running group or more specifically one that caters to single and socially active runners. Group running may be safer for single women, especially if you prefer to run in the evenings or very early in the morning.
4) You are scared to train at the track. Many running groups have set workouts during the week with one day devoted to a track workout. It can be intimidating going to the track for speed workouts on your own, but being in a group ensures that you’ll have a specific, monitored training session.
5) You are competitive. Finding a running group that participates in local races that are scored is a sure way to be part of competitive team setting. Here you can not only set reachable goals, but you can also compete against the local rival running group. It is a win/win.
A Running Group Is Probably Not For You If…
1) You simply don’t like running in packs. We all run in packs on race day, but some runners feel too stressed trying to keep up with a pack and running together. Most running groups will go out together and stick together throughout a run. If you have a fear of close running or find there is a pressure to keep up, you should stick to running solo.
2) You like to keep your own schedule. Most runners will stick to a specific timetable and if it has worked will continue to use it in future races. If you are a creature of habit then running on your own may be your best bet; running groups mix in different routines at different times of the day, which is really meant to help runners of all levels.
3) You can’t stop racing. Some runners cannot accept that they are on a training run and they do not have to beat every person. If you get angry and frustrated by faster runners passing you during training runs, then stay far away from a running group.
4) You don’t like wearing a singlet (or have some other personal preference). A former group runners told me, “The reason I stopped running with a local club was because they made me wear a singlet at team events; I hate singlets!” Enough said.
5) You are a guy and don’t like it when a woman beat you. Here’s a heads-up for men: You will get road-killed by women in a running group. This could be the reason that women love running groups.
What are your thoughts about running groups: are you for or against them? If you’re part of one, what do you love about it? If you’re a committed solo runner, why would you never join a running group?