After almost 2 years of sloth-like hibernation, I’m finally working out again! Yes, I signed up for a Gold’s Gym membership. Hooray! And since it’s the Christmas season, I might as well put out here my Christmas wish list. If you’re looking for fit mom gift ideas, here are the essentials. 😀
Gym clothes – shirts, pants, capris. Oh yeah, a sports bra too. Anything comfortable, as long as it’s my size. (Please send me a private message to know my size, ssshhhhh!)
Gym bag – I badly need one. Not necessarily like this Nike bag, but something like it. Not too utilitarian, but not too girly. Not too big, just big enough to hold a change of clothes, a towel, toiletries, a water bottle, maybe a pair of trainers. But I prefer not to mix my shoes with clothes so…
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Running is probably the most ‘in’ sport these days, with running events held almost every Sunday for the next two months. Yep, running calendars are full!
Running not only makes you ‘in’ (if that’s the reason why you do certain things). It’s also a great way to lose weight. In fact, running at 9 kph (5 mph) for an hour will burn about 560 calories.
Studies have shown that high-intensity exercises such as interval sprinting burn fat more than aerobic exercise. It’s how I lost five pounds last year! Read my blog entry on interval sprints here.
There is no quick weight loss – I’ve learned that the hard way. If you want to lose weight and keep it off for good, it’s going to take a bit of hard work. 😉
Although some people argue that running isn’t a sport, saying it does not require any skill at all (yeah right! Try at least one race and see if you don’t need skills), more and more people are starting to take it up. Yes, as a sport.
Proof: check out the busy schedule of running events at Takbo.ph.
Then there’s trail running, a variant of running that’s fairly new in the Philippines. The North Face is actively promoting trail running by doing a series called Thrill of the Trail. There’s one that’s happening on February 14th. Read more about it at Project: Fit.
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There must be hundreds of reasons why we should run. These are a few of mine:
1. Running is so convenient. You can do it anytime you want and anywhere there’s space to run.
2. It is considerably more affordable than other sports. All you really need are basic running shoes that give adequate support and comfortable clothes. No other equipment needed.
3. Anyone can run. Of course, there are proper ways of running, and training should not be taken for granted. However, anyone can easily learn how to run, unlike other sports. Case in point: I have been trying to learn how to swim for the longest time, but… I really just cannot. Boohoo. But running? Though I am a work in progress, at least there is progress to speak of. 😀
4. It’s a great way to lose weight. For beginners, start with a run-walk regimen. Forget fad diets and supplements such as glucomannan weight loss pills.
5. The runner’s high is really something else. After running, I feel great, exhilarated, energized, even refreshed. Does it sound like I am overrating the sport? Well, you got to try it yourself to find out.
Click here for part 2 of my running tips – Preparing Body and Mind.
Note: Before embarking on any exercise program or sport, make sure you get clearance from your physician.
Joining a run for the first time? Do you want to take up running?
Like any other sport, there are preparations that must be done before joining a run. Training is crucial, not only for winning (or at least finishing decently), but also for avoiding injuries.
The training period is definitely not the time for initiating colon cleanse regimens, or other drastic weight-loss programs. Read the blog post in my fitness blog, Project:Fit. (Oh yeah, I do have a fitness blog.)