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Why Using a Heart Rate Monitor Is Totally Worth It

If there’s one accessory in particular that’ll get your fitness game on fleek, it’s the heart rate monitor. Not to knock colorful headbands and punny …

12 Foods You Used to Think Were Healthy

<b>2. 100 Percent Fruit Juice</b><br>It's kind of hard to believe you used to have a big glass of sugar—sorry, orange juice—with breakfast every single morning.<p><b>3. Low-Fat Crackers</b><br>These might have had a slight caloric edge on the regular version. But that definitely didn't mean eating half a box in one sitting …

10 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners

Do these exercises consistently, and you’ll run faster and stronger.<p>Whenever the topic of strength training and running comes up, most runners tend to respond with, “Wait, I’m supposed to do something other than running?” Supplementing running with strengthening exercises will not only aid in …

Workouts

6 Ways to Lose Weight Without Starving

Nutrition

10 Running Goals You Should Make for 2015

Set the right goals and you'll run faster, train smarter, and have more fun hitting the pavement in the new year<p>If you're reading this, we're betting …

I Am Taking Up Running Again, At 250 Pounds

In my dreams, I run without my feet touching the ground.<p>I’m not quoting a bad motivational poster, that is really how I get around in my dreams -- legs churning, hoping no one will notice that I’m sort of levitating.<p>In reality, it takes a lot of force to shift my inertia from a body at rest to a …

Marathons

Motivational Quotes | Runner's World

The 26.2-mile distance has inspired some wise words throughout the ages.​<p>Motivational sayings from the iconic American runner.​<p>The iconic race has sparked some inspirational sayings throughout the years.​<p>Illustrations By Megan Hetzel<p>A champion is made when you look at the time spent …

Motivation

This Is the RIGHT Way to Sculpt Your Abs: Watch the Video

<i>Holly Perkins is a certified strength and conditioning specialist who holds a degree in exercise physiology. She is on a mission to match the number of women to the number of men in weight rooms around the world. Holly created the Women’s Strength Nation movement to help women uncover their</i> …

Exercise

Sunny Side Up

Why eggs are one of the best foods for runners.<p>Got a dozen on hand? As a runner, you should. Routinely eating eggs affords you amazing health benefits. Here are five reasons to crack one open.<p><b>TO SLIM DOWN</b><br>In a study, dieters who had eggs for breakfast achieved a 60 percent greater weight loss …

Eggs

Cycling for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

So you're ready to start riding seriously for the first time? In this adaptation of a book destined to become a novice's bible, the owner of a renowned bike clinic outlines exactly how to get started.<p><b>Positioned for Success</b><p>If you're new to road biking, you may feel on your first rides as if your …

Q&A: Do Certain Body Parts Lose Weight Faster Than Others?

<b>The answer:</b> Yes—but where the fat melts off first is totally different for everyone and has a lot to do with your genetically determined body profile. "If you tend to gain weight around your waist, you'll likely lose weight from your midsection first as well," says Brill. Meanwhile, if extra …

Fitness

Why You Should Cool Down After a Run or Race

What to do to help your body recover more efficiently.<p>Have you every wondered if your cool down and recovery routine stacks up to what the elite athletes do to optimize their performance? I have, which is why I asked my friend Holley DeShaw to share her expertise with us. She’s a licensed massage …

Exercise

Running Music: Playlists to Help You Pick Up the Pace

Freshen up your running playlist with these fast-paced songs<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>Thirty-five percent of WH readers told us in an online poll that when exercising outdoors, they always listen to music—and that their tunes are as essential as their sneaks and sports bra.<p>Need to freshen up your …

Speed Cardio: Why You Should Pick Up The Pace

When you want to win a race or transform your physique, slow and steady won't do the trick. Sure, even-paced sessions on the elliptical or treadmill can strengthen your ticker and help you let off steam. But those workouts won't necessarily make it easier to zip up your skinny jeans or smoke the …

Best Workout Songs

It’s smart to sync your sweat sessions to an upbeat soundtrack: music can inspire you to work out at a higher intensity, distract you from the extra effort, and help you relax, according to a 2007 review of 15 studies on the effects of music on exercise.<p>To make the most of your workouts, lace up …

5 Cold Weather Workout Tips

Take your training off the treadmill and back into the light of day with these five killer tips on braving winter’s bite<p>Winter is finally here, and for many of us, that means three things: Snow, bitter cold temperatures, and a dwindling eagerness to get outside and sweat.<p>And while the harsh …

A Healthy Diet for Runners: Meal Plan

Mix and match any meal in the same category whenever you'd like. Then choose three of our satisfying 100-cal snacks each day, and you'll come to about 1,500 nutrition-packed calories a day. An added bonus: We've added meat-free menus and convenience foods, too. For more healthy snack ideas, check …

101 Greatest Running Tips

It can be tough to stay motivated—especially when you're tired or the weather sucks. But we've got 101 reasons why you can't quit—from our friends at Runner's World<p>"Stop fighting it!" That's what a fellow marathoner yelled at me years ago in the middle of a very windy out-and-back marathon. "Don't …

Half-Marathon Training: 10 Weeks to a Half-Marathon

If you're a newbie, don't hesitate to mix walk breaks into your runs (for example, run two to three minutes, then walk 30 to 60 seconds). "What's important is that you're moving forward—it doesn't matter if it's walking or running," says Maxwell.<p>To all runners: Listen to your body. Add an extra …

10K Training: Run Your First or Fastest 10K

Maxwell designed 10-K training plans (one for beginners and one for intermediate runners) that will get you race-ready in just seven weeks. Each plan calls for four days of running per week, plus one day of optional cross-training.<p>So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a race, pick your plan, and …

Marathons

Walk Run Off the Pounds

The best part? You can print the entire workout plan to take wherever you go.<p><b>Week One</b><p><b>Monday</b><br>One Walk 10 minutes. Next 6 minutes alternate running 1 minute and walking 1 minute. Walk 4 minutes. Stretch.<p><b>Tuesday</b> <br>"Tone Zone" Strength Training Program.<br>Stretch.<p><b>Wednesday</b><br>Walk 10 minutes.<br>Next 8 minutes …

6 Reasons to Start Running

3. Your knees will thank you<p>Contrary to what your mom says, running doesn't wreck your joints. Osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis), occurs when joint-cushioning cartilage starts to break down. The biggest osteoarthritis risk factor besides age? Body weight. A National Health and …

When Should I Stretch?

Use these five postrun stretches to keep your muscles flexible.<p><i>What guidance would you give to runners about stretching? When I ran in high school, which is when I learned a lot of what I “know” about running, we were taught to stretch really well before a run, and if we could, a little bit</i> …

Exercise

Forget Make-Up Sex—Try Make-Up Running

I say "almost" because, like many couples today, we battled the requisite twenty-first century obstacles (alcohol, depression, exes, financial shit, grad school, long distance, money, parents, etc.) to arrive at largely picturesque marital bliss (loft, rescue pup, grain and produce shares with …

5 Mental Skills You Need to Get Through ANY Workout

<b>Pump Up the Jams</b><br>Having one go-to anthem to amp you up is key, says Chris Bergland, author of <i>The Athlete's Way: Sweat and the Biology of Bliss</i> and an endurance expert. (He's the Guinness World Record holder for longest treadmill run: a whopping 24 hours and 153.76 miles!) Research shows that music …

Chi Running: How to be a Faster and Happier Runner

If you think this all sounds a little too hippy dippy for you, consider this: There are studies that prove the effectiveness of this technique. And even seasoned pros and top running coaches are on-board. Andrew Kastor, ASICS running coach and coach of the Mammoth Track club in Mammoth Lakes, …