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Tips for avoiding injury and weight loss from Coach Kendrick at Kendrick Fitness


One of the challenges many runners face is the struggle to lose weight and avoid injuries. The best way to combat both of those issues is to add strength training into your weekly regimen.

Sometimes runners are guilty of obsessing over logging mileage and forget a crucial element that can not only improve their running, but also help them tone up!

Here are 5 must do’s for runners looking to lose weight from Coach Kendrick at Kendrick Fitness:

1. CHANGE YOUR PACE

 

The truth is: Your body works to adapt when there is a change in environment.  If it’s cold, your body shivers in order to produce heat; if it’s hot you sweat; when you start exercising your body will start looking for ways to adapt.  Hence why you see people training for marathons.  You can’t possibly run 26.2 miles unless you train your body to adapt for that.  Initially, when you begin training, going 2-3 miles may be a challenge, but over time your body gets used to the pounding, change of heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, etc.  The problem with that when it comes to weight loss your body also adapts in burning fuel (calories).  Think back to the time you restarted training after a long time off.  A few minutes of running and you may have found yourself breathless and your body working really hard to get going.  That’s because it lost its adaptability to running—but it’s burning far more calories to get it going again.

A simple thing you can add to your regimen is training at different paces.  Rather than just going out for every run at the same pace, try to change it up a bit.  Throw a 1 minute pickup (speed up the pace) at every 5 minute mark.  

 

Here are some other running workouts you should have on your schedule to help with your weight loss:

 

  • Tempo runs

  • Striders after runs  

  • Fartlek Runs

  • Track workouts

  • Hill Workouts

  • Buildup Long Runs  

 

2.  LIMIT JUNK NEARBY

 

Notice I wrote ‘Limit’ and not ‘Remove.’  I think one of the benefits of runners is that we are burning far more calories than the average person and there is nothing wrong with enjoying your favorite treat every once in a while.  Try to do it on your long run days if possible.  

The best way to start eating healthier is to get rid of junk inside your house.  You’re not doing your family and yourself any favors by “hiding” them within reach.   If you crave something sweet, make yourself get out of the house to fetch some.  8 out of 10 times you’ll choose to stay home…and there you have an automatic 80% improvement in your eating habits.

Begin making small daily nutrition goals and stay committed everyday!

 

3.  BE YOUR OWN EXPERT

 

Take notice on how YOUR body works.  Just because a certain diet or way of eating works for your friend, doesn’t mean it will work for you.  Take notes on the days you feel more bloated.  Could it have been the extra refined carbs you had the day before?  Also take notes on the days you feel and look great.  Always remember, there is a big fluctuation in water weight, especially for women during certain times of the menstrual cycle.   

 

4.  MOVE IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

 

The body has 3 major planar of motion; Sagittal, Frontal and Transverse planes.  Running only happens along the Frontal Plane…and remember, the body adapts! You don’t want that if you’re trying to lose weight. Another bonus is that by doing activities in different planars, you’re able to keep joints such as hips, knees and ankles strong, in order to run even more efficiently.  Add cross training that requires you to move along different planar:  rollerblading, swimming, volleyball, and of course, weight training. (Squats, lunges, step ups, push ups, lateral squats)  

 

Speaking of weights…

 

5.  ADD WEIGHTS

 

Last, but certainly not least—and in my opinion the most important —is strength training for runners.  It strengthens major and minor muscles that support the big running joints (hips, knees and ankles). Strength training is the number one way to prevent injuries for runners and guess what?  It also is the most effective thing when it comes to losing weight as a runner.  

 

When I train, I prefer to train in a circuit type setting.  I combine a blend of strength, core and plyometric exercises.  All 3 help activate different energy systems.  Also, constant movement from station to station prevents the body from hitting a plateau and adapting during the workout.   All exercises also include moving in various planes of motion.   In addition, every pound of lean muscle you have helps to burn 5x more calories than 1 pound of fat….and that’s simply at rest!   If you don’t have access to a gym, try some body weight routines; they work fantastic when done right!

 

Here’s a sample of a body weight workout:

 

Try to do 3 sets of the following body weight exercises lowering the amount of reps each round: 12, 10, 8 reps

  1. Push-ups

  2. Toe touches (lying down with both feet up)

  3. Oblique dips on ground (both sides)

  4. Forward Lunges

  5. Squat Jumps

 

If you’re looking for guidance in strength training and losing weight, check out the K-Fit 6 Program.  It’s an Online 6-week weight loss and strength training program for runners complete with a nutrition guide, running workouts, strength workouts, daily and weekly goals and tons of accountability.


 

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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!!

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The Training Plan by Jeff Galloway


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Here are some great training plan tips by Jeff Galloway!

WHY SHOULD I HAVE A TRAINING PLAN?  When using a proven strategy, a runner gains control over fatigue while improving motivation.  Those who follow the right training plan, for the individual,  tend to improve more, with less injury risk.

WOULD BEGINNERS BENEFIT MORE FROM A PLAN?  Unfortunately, most beginners “run as they feel” or follow conflicting advice.  This leads to confusion and more aches and pains.   The right schedule will systematically increase the type of running needed for a goal, with strategic rest for rebuilding.

KEY TRAINING ELEMENTS:

1) A longer run builds endurance

2) a hilly run builds strength

3) Scenic or social runs insert fun and keep you coming back for more.

WHAT IS ADDED TO A PLAN IF THE GOAL IS TO RUN FASTER?  The right training plan will gradually increase the speed repetitions needed for the individual goal.  Easier days and rest days must be inserted before and after speed workouts.  To avoid injury, the pace and the increase must be realistic for the individual.

EVERY OTHER DAY:  Most runners — especially beginners — run best when they run every other day.  This allows for the “weak links” to heal.  The very slow long run is usually on the weekend, when there is more time available.  Hills and fun days can be run on the short runs during the week (For example: Tuesday and Thursday)

SHOULD I EXERCISE ON NON-RUNNING DAYS? While you don’t have to exert yourself on non running days to improve your running, exercise will energize your mind, and improve your attitude and vitality — while burning some fat.  So, I recommend any exercise that does not fatigue the calf muscle, such as recreational walking.

DOES VARIETY HELP?  Changing things a bit can improve motivation.  You don’t have to change the “mission” on specific days, but alternating some of the courses or running with different groups can make each day more interesting.

WHAT ARE VARIOUS MISSIONS FOR VARIOUS DAYS? Each type of run bestows a different benefit.  Hill runs build strength.  Drills that work on cadence, gentle acceleration and gliding will improve your running form.  Long runs produce stamina and endurance.

WHAT SHOULD I DO THE DAY BEFORE AND THE DAY AFTER LONG OR FASTER RUNS?  Take it easy on these days.  Do little or no exercise, don’t overeat, drink 8 glasses of water/sports drinks, and focus on how you will enjoy the next run.

SHOULD I SKIP THE REST DAYS TO IMPROVE MORE QUICKLY?  Not Recommended!  It is during the days off from running that the running body rebuilds and improves.  While some runners can get away with running short and slow runs on rest days for a while, these “junk miles” can compromise recovery and lead to injuries.

IF I DON’T LIKE A WORKOUT, CAN I SUBSTITUTE? Following a consistent plan is more likely to lead to success and improve motivation. Those who pick various elements from different schedules experience more burnout and injury.

 


 

 

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We’re finally having some much cooler weather around here and can’t wait to get out and enjoy it!  I hope all of you have a great weekend and happy running!!!

 

 

As a Galloway blogger,  I’ve been provided tips by Jeff Galloway to share with my readers.  There is no compensation for this post.

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Tips for Dealing with the Heat by Jeff Galloway


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If you’ve had a summer like we’ve had in South MS then you know what it’s like to try to keep up with your training when it feels like you’re baking in an oven and can barely breathe. This summer, I’ve been spending some time in the pool to try to stay cool and also get some exercise in.

Here are some great tips for dealing with the heat that Jeff Galloway sent for me to post. 

 

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 Dealing With the Heat

Training through the summer can not only be grueling, but down right dangerous.  Here are some tips to train safely and as comfortable as possible in the hot summer months.

Slow down by 30 sec/mile (20 sec/km) for every 5F temperature increase above 55-60F ( every 2.5C above 14C)
 
When the temperature is over 70F (21C) you may take a 5 minute “cold shower break” every 25-30 minutes to keep cool.
 
Try to complete your run before the sun rises above the horizon.
 
More frequent walk breaks during hot weather can lower body temperature increase.  If you used to run 3 minutes between walk breaks, run only 90 seconds (walk 30 seconds) at 70F (21C) and at 80F (26C) drop to 60 sec run/30 sec walk or 30/30
 
When you start to heat up more than normal, take a longer walk in a mall or indoor AC building
 
Pick shady courses on hot days.
 
Don’t wear a hat!  Pour water over your head
 
Have an indoor alternative—treadmill, etc
 
Run in the deep end of the pool, using a flotation belt


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How do you deal with the heat and humidity during the summer? What time of the year to do enjoy running the most? I really like running in the Fall and Spring!

 

Have a great weekend and happy running!!

 

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A New Run/Walk Strategy from Jeff Galloway


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Jeff Introduces a New Run/Walk Strategy

 

The 30-second Walk Break

Jeff Galloway’s Run/Walk/Run method was revolutionary for three reasons:

1 – Run/Walk/Runners felt better throughout the long run.

2 – Run/Walk/Runners recovered faster and got injured less often.

3 – Run/Walk/Runners went faster with the breaks than without.

Since his introduction of walk breaks in 1974, Jeff he has received feedback from hundreds of thousands of runners. This has allowed him to fine tune Run/Walk/Run to keep people feeling better, staying healthy, and running faster.

 

The greatest benefit of the walk break comes in the first 30 sec.

Our heart rates come down, the running muscles relax, we catch our breaths, and the fatigue melts away.

After 30 seconds of walking, we tend to slow down.

Here is a typical example of what happens with a 1-minute walk break:

A run/walk/runner averaging 10-minute pace in a marathon using 3 min/1min might walk at a 15-minute mile pace for the first part of the race.

As fatigue sets in, that walk gets slower, and by halfway, the runner may be walking at 18 min/mi.

This means faster running is needed to stay on pace, which creates more fatigue at the end of each running segment, so the walk will get slower, and so goes the downward spiral at the end of the race.

Avoiding the Slow-down

Compared to running constantly, the 1-minute walk break still results in runners feeling better, staying healthier, and going faster, but it can get even better! Limiting walk breaks to 30 seconds, or in some cases even less, while cutting the run time accordingly, gives all the same benefits, with even less fatigue and even faster times.

The Bottom Line

If you are in already using a 30-second walk break or less, you don’t need to adjust. If you are using an interval that takes a 1-minute walk break, keep the same ratio but cut your walk and run times in half. For example, a 1-minute/1-minute interval now becomes a 30-sec./30-sec. interval.  It’s that simple.

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Tips from Jeff Galloway: Four Ways To Energize Your Day and Clear Your Brain


jeffgallowayBy Olympian Jeff Galloway

www.RunInjuryFree.com

It’s natural to become focused on the big things in life, and worry about outside forces, building stress.  A few simple lifestyle adjustments can result in greater control over attitude and energy, while reducing stress and fatigue.  Yes, you can exert more control over your life, produce positive attitude hormones, and blend together body, mind and spirit by planning and taking action.

•   Walk or run, one day and a walk (or cross train) the next.  While the exertion will wake up the muscles, you’re away from the phone, allowing the mind a little freedom.  Most who start with a blank mental state, finish their exercise session with the day planned, and a few new ways to deal with problems.  Others like to walk/run during lunch hour, while munching on an energy bar.  This can clear out morning stress and prepare mind-body for the challenges of the afternoon.  Many evening exercisers believe that the weight of the day’s stress is erased or contained with the after-work workout.  Scheduling these outings gives you control over your existence.


•   Don’t sit–walk!.  The addition of a few extra short walks, throughout the day, will energize the body and activate the mind.  Park farther away from work, the food store, the transit station, etc.  Many of my clients use a step counter for motivation and calorie counting.  It helps to find one that is consistent and reliable (usually @ $30).  Shoot for 10,000 steps a day.  You are rewarded for  getting out of your chair (or the couch) more often.  These short walks burn fat, which adds up (up to 30 pounds a year!).  The best reward is the head clearing effect, which can power you through the mid morning or mid afternoon energy crises.  Even a 3-4 minute “recess” walk at work, can result in clearer thinking, more energy, and greater self-confidence.   


•   Eat more frequently.  Each time you eat, even a small snack, you’ll boost your energy level. The longer you wait to eat, the more likely your metabolism will slump into drowsiness and laziness.  This also means that you’re not burning many calories.  If you divide up your daily calorie budget into 6-9 snacks a day you’ll burn more fat (up to 10 pounds a year).  Eat a snack every 2-3 hours, and you can feel better all day.  It helps to choose foods that have (percentage of calories vs total calories) about 20% protein, about 15% fat and the rest in complex carbohydrate.  This combination will leave you satisfied longer with fewer calories consumed.  To experience a fat loss, consumption can be managed through websites or journals.  For more information, see A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO FAT BURNING by Jeff and Barbara Galloway.


•   Help someone exercise. The psychological benefits are significant when you help someone improve the quality of their life.  Offer to walk (run, hike) with your spouse, parent, friend co-worker, child—or all of the above.  My books WALKING & GETTING STARTED have proven programs with motivation which can lead you and your “coach-ee” through the training. 


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Training and Motivation Tips from Jeff Galloway


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Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great day! Here’s more helpful training and motivation tips from Olympian Jeff Galloway.

 

Why do we get injured?

1.  Be aware of irritation of weak links.

 The Key Weak Links are body parts where my runners tend to experience injuries are these: Knees – Feet – Calf – Achilles – Hip – Glute/piriformis/sciaticia

 But the body parts that YOU need to be aware of are the sites where you are injured or suffer more aches and pains.

 So, if you’re sensitive to the first indication of irritation in these areas and take immediate action it’s possible to avoid injury.

 2.  Stress buildup due to the way we train.

  • Training schedule is too intense-not enough rest between stress.
  • Adverse Training Components-speed is too fast or has too much, too soon.
  • Running form-too long a stride, forward lean, bouncing too high off the ground.

 Staying focused on the way one runs and following these guidelines, can often allow runners to maintain a manageable increase without injury.


Top 5 ways to avoid stress buildup and avoid injuries

 1.  Take walk breaks more frequently, and run shorter run segments

2.  Form: shorter stride, feet low to the ground

3.  Slower long runs, with more walk breaks

4.  Avoid Stretching

5.  Be careful when running speed sessions


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Jeff Galloway’s Training Tips for this week


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here are more of Jeff’s training and motivation tips!

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Training and Motivation Tips

by Olympian Jeff Galloway

 www.runinjuryfree.com

  • Most injuries experienced by my runners are due to 1) pacing long runs too fast, 2) increasing the weekly mileage too quickly, 3)lengthening stride and 4) stretching.
  •  The principle in staying injury free is to balance gentle stress with the right recovery periods-allowing for rebuilding. (for more information, see my book RUNNING INJURIES)
  •  Finding the right Run Walk Run strategy from the beginning of a run has been the best way I’ve found to stay injury free, come back from an injury and in some cases, continue to run while the injury heals. (See my book RUN WALK RUN)

Are you concerned that running will damage joints, and other body parts ? I was told this regularly, from my first week of running over 50 years ago but the research shows the opposite result: Runners have healthier joints, etc. than non runners as the decades go by.

  • While researching for my book RUNNING UNTIL YOU’RE 100, I reviewed dozens of studies and could not find one showing that running harms legs, feet, joints, etc.
  • It may surprise you to know that many studies show that runners have fewer orthopedic issues compared with non-runners as the years go by.
  • A respected and large population study out of Stanford following thousands of runners over 50 who had run for more than 20 years concluded that runners had less than 25% of orthopedic issues compared with non runners of the same age.
  •   As long as you stay below the threshold of irritation you can often continue to run while the injury heals.

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