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I prefer running outdoors for several reasons... It can keep your mind somewhat more engaged than when using a treadmill (i.e. taking in the scenery, etc.) (and possibly keep it away from the fact that you're exercising). You get to go somewhere and see things other than the inside of a gym. As Greg mentioned, the natural benefits of fresh air and ...


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Evidence shows that more than 5 days a week training increases your risk of musculoskeletal injury. Rest is physically necessary so that the muscles can repair, rebuild and strengthen -- continuous training can actually weaken it. Without sufficient time to repair, the body will continue to breakdown from intensive exercise. Overtraining often occurs from ...


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A few advantages to running outdoors: Sunshine (get your vitamin D!) Depending on smog levels and your gym's cleanliness and air filtration system, there is probably fresher cleaner air outside. If you run "barefoot" (e.g. Vibrams) on dirt/grass, you'll get some extra stabilizing work. If you get chased by a dog, you'll have extra motivation to really push ...


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I've read a good article/study on this, but I can't find a link to it right now. The general idea for criticism regarding the treadmill that I recall was that the movement is not as natural as it seems, because the treadmill is moving your leg backwards instead of your muscles doing all of that and this apparently can create strength imbalances.


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I'd say this depends on your fitness, the intensity of the workout and perhaps how much you've eaten the night before. Assuming jogging means a running speed of about ~10 km/h or ~6 mph, I expect you don't use that much energy that you can't cope with without jogging. More importantly, low intensity workouts mainly burn through fat and anything you would ...


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Before dismissing treadmills I'll point out some advantages of running on [your own] treadmill: Even surface so the chance of injury (tripping for example) is reduced Less impact on knees and feet - no concrete For longer runs, no worrying about the toilet or carrying drinks with you More accurate measurement of timing and distance which helps for ...


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Without rest, you will build muscle mass quicker than your supporting organs can build and adjust to enable their proper use. At that point, you will hit a plateau which you will be unable to cross. However, this does not hold true for aerobic exercise, where the Mayo Clinic suggests 30 minutes daily. This is more for muscle building and strength training.


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If you're only exercising for an hour at a time, no need to really eat much before, but I would suggest drinking water before and after, and if the run goes for longer than an hour, during as well. If you're only after weight loss, don't have a high carb recovery meal afterwards, stick to low fat protein. I find that I only really need to eat before ...


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I don't have any source for this but my chiropractor and my experience, but I advise against working out in the morning on an empty stomach. My goal is to burn fat through 30-45 minutes of low intensity exercise 3-4 mornings a week, but trying to burn fat without any carbs doesn't work; your body ends up eating its own protein (read: muscle). From ...


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Plyometric exercises are specialized, high intensity training techniques used to develop athletic power (strength and speed). Plyometric training involves high-intensity, explosive muscular contractions that invoke the stretch reflex (stretching the muscle before it contracts so that it contracts with greater force). The most common ...


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Sounds like you are doing great; and no, you are certainly not wasting your time. The new physical activity guidelines according to the cdc say that you can break up your exercise into 10 minute workouts and still get the health benefits as long as you are getting at least 150 minutes (2.5 hrs.) per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise such as ...


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Kudos for wanting to be more active! Here are some tips: Enlist a gym/work-out buddy! Knowing someone is counting on you and holding YOU accountable for showing up will help motivate you to get moving. You can always walk to a mid-point and grab lunch together. But you must recognize if your "buddy" is making excuses and making it easier for you to quit ...


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It depends what you're doing right now. If you're not running that much right now, then yes, starting to run 3.2 miles, 2x per day will increase your risk of injury, specifically overuse injuries (like stress fractures, iliotibial band syndrome, achilles tendonitis, for example). However, it is possible to build up to that amount of load safely. There's a ...


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Yes. Training for strength & power - low reps, heavy weight, compound lifts, explosive movements - can help your speed & acceleration. If you train your muscular endurance - high reps, low weight, Crossfit or Crossfit Endurance style metcons - you'll help your endurance running. However, it's worth mentioning a few things: Not all exercises are the ...


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For me, the best non-aesthetic benefit to running outside is far better sweat evaporation (if weather cooperates), and therefore a cooler body temperature throughout my run. My gym is air conditioned and the vent is close to my favorite treadmill--but not close enough to make a dent in my insane sweating. Whereas when I run outside, even at a somewhat ...


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Stick to what is working for you. If you cannot run everyday, but OK with running on alternate days, do that. Unless there is some deadline due to competition, there is no point in over-stressing yourself. I am not a big runner myself and used be even worse, but I learned that persistence leads to good results and persistence is not possible if you do not ...


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You can multi-task if you go outdoors! At my old job, I used to run to the post office to drop off mail. You could end your run at the grocery store and then walk back with groceries as your cool-down. It's easier to do a hill workout naturally than constantly pushing the buttons on a treadmill especially if you want to do a really steep hill (which can ...


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You're running and you're consumed with the running but do you have any goals? Many high-caliber athletes suffer from obsessive-compulsive like orders (http://commons.pacificu.edu/pa/30/) and personal experience, though it's not always a bad thing but that what helps push through bad periods of training. Someone above mentioned social running. That might ...


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I've been going to gym for around 4 years, where I sometimes run on a treadmill, but I don't really enjoy it for longer period of time. But about 3 months ago, I started running outdoors every day and I totally love it. For me the biggest plus is, that I hafe to finish the track I choose. If I feel good, I take a longer track around the park and there's ...


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Supercompensation would be some of the explanation if the goal is to get in better shape. As I understand it: When the body rests it creates more muscle mass than what was actually destroyed during the exercise.


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Any time you perform an activity that causes joint pain or soreness, you're doing long-term cumulative damage to your joints. Typically, soccer (football) should not cause knee joint pain. There are a few different things that can cause this: Incorrect or badly fitted footwear. Try some different shoes. Incorrect technique/balance/weight. If you're ...


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No - tennis shoes are going to be slightly heavier and have more material/cushioning around the sides. They are meant for stability and lots of side to side movement. Running shoes are lighter and are built for forward movement. You will experience aches of all kinds of you do jogging/running in tennis shoes at any amount of frequency more than about a ...


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For someone who is new at the sport, strength training not only helps prevent injuries but will increase muscle mass thereby making running easier which means your endurance and speed improves. However, for the elite-athlete (i.e. marathoners) the endurance gains are far less from strength training but more from just honing their craft - they just run a ...


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Its funny I had something happen like this to me many years ago. My back would ache when I jogged for a certain amount of time but I was able to play soccer and basketball with no pain at all. I went and saw a dr about this who referred to a orthopedic dr. It turned out to be the following combination of things: I was overpronating basically my foot was ...


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Rhea's answer is pretty good. I just wanted to expand on #4: track your progress. Seriously, this is massively motivating. Going back through a workout journal and seeing the progress you've made is amazing. As always, there is an xkcd comic for it. If you are running in particular, an app like RunKeeper can do a lot of the tracking, exercise planning & ...


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It has everything to do with the person. Top athletes train every day, and a lot of hours. Usually, they have spent some years making the body able to withstand a lot of training. I was the fastest running youth in Norway some years back in 60-200m, and trained about 20 hours a week in the weeks with the most load. That was when between the age of 15 and ...


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It can be done. Don't heel strike, ever, that's what's going to kill your knees, regardless of the surface you're on. Make sure you land on your forefoot or midfoot (forefoot if it's more of a run, midfoot if it's more of a jog), with your body weight over top of your feet. If it's behind your feet, your knees suffer. To make it easy to not heel strike, ...


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Lots of hardware out there, usually in watch format with wirelessly connected remote devices. You get the main watch with time, alarms, stopwatch, often computer download modes. Then the accessories. Heart Rate Monitors almost all use chest straps, (lick/wet the strap to get it to work at first, once you start sweating you will be fine, but when you first ...


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I had the problem with my calf. I talked to a friend of mine who is physiotherapist and we found out that my muscle was too short because I never stretched it. So try stretching your tibalis and whenever you jog stretch it dynamically before. If it doesn't help see yourselve a physiotherapist which is normally the best option.


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Yes of course it is. Any activity creates wear and tear on your bones and ligaments. Just getting out of the bed causes wear. But, the effects on your body due to exercise are almost guaranteed to be better for you than not exercising at all. The rule of thumb is, if it's hurts, stop. Don't get your ego in a twist or try to muscle through the pain. Pain is ...



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