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Lacing up for wellness: Part 2

Fitness | Sep 11, 2015

Running is a great way to improve your health and overall wellness. Taking the time to train for an event can help improve your drive and motivation to hit the ground running regularly and can strengthen fitness for seniors.

Taking on a marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K requires dedication, proper nutrition and a deep understanding of your body.


Training for an event
When you receive confirmation from your health care provider that you can safely move forward with a pre determined training program, it is important to remember that you should not feel pressured to push yourself too much. Remember that you should be comfortable and enjoy getting outside and jogging around your neighborhood.

"Remember that you should be comfortable and enjoy getting outside and jogging around your neighborhood."

In addition, you should also take a look at your diet. Runner's World recommended incorporating foods that will give you energy into your meals while you are training for a big race. Eggs are a great source of protein and vitamins, and can help keep your heart healthy. Yogurt, dark chocolate and whole grains are additional foods you should regularly stock up on when you go to the grocery store.

When you are training, finding the best time to run depends on you. You might like waking up early and hitting the road before the sun rises, or you might like a nice jog in the evening before you wind down and go to bed. Test out different times and figure out what is best for your schedule.

It is also crucial to integrate stretching into your runs. According to Livestrong.com, a blog dedicated to those seeking to live healthier lives, stretching your muscles before a jog can help improve your performance and prevent injury.

Arriving to the race
Whether you are running a marathon or 5K, the day of your event is a special moment. Make sure that you do not change up any of your regular routines. If you wear a certain pair of shorts on your long runs, but your loved ones got you a new pair for the big race, save them for another time. You might suffer from chaffing or blisters if you decide to change things up at the last minute.

Remember to enjoy yourself when you are participating in the main event. All the hard work was done during training. The race is meant to be a joyous and celebratory capstone to all of your preparation. Do not forget to drink in your success and smile when you cross the finish line.