As mentioned in “Why I stopped running during my pregnancy” I was not only ordered by my doctor not to exercise but was also sick for what seemed to be an eternity. Now that both these reasons are gone I’m really trying to get back in the saddle and at least preserve the minimal amount of fitness…
When the second Apple Watch generation was announced, I preordered it immediately. It was right doing our summer vacation because I clearly remember doing it from my phone on the beach. It then took about a month for it to be shipped so I’ve had it for about a year now. Even though they look…
People keep asking themselves this question: “Am I a runner?” Or better yet a series of questions.
Am I a runner if I only run two (or X) times a week?
Am I a runer if I’ve never participated in a race?
Am I a runner if I’ve never ran a (half) marathon?
Have you noticed that pole dancing is everywhere these days? It has become a legitimate and truly popular fitness form and studios are popping up all around. As a retired dancer I got influenced pretty quickly by all the pole dance mentions I started encountering so I’ve been meaning to try it for a while.
Let’s say you’re following a training plan for running. Maybe you even signed in for a race so you really want to follow through. But then life gets in your way. There’s no way around illnesses for example but there are steps you can take in order not to lose your progress when you can’t go out.
Nike+ Running has evolved into Nike+Run Club. This used to be my favourite running app and it just got updated to a whole new level. But let’s start at the beginning. I probably mentioned at some point that I started running when I bought a Nike+ sensor and attached it to the first generation iPod…
If you don’t want to pause your running efforts during the summer months, you’re training for a fall race or like me you just miss it and want to start again, there are certain modifications you need to do in order to adapt to training in higher temperatures. They might seem obvious at first but…
I’ve recently stopped running.
Hold on. It’s not what you think. I do tend to change up my workouts anyway, I do them in batches actually, meaning I would do a month or two of something and then move on to something else. Since it’s been getting really hot around here, it was time for me to limit running to late evenings. Also I’ve been feeling quite stiff lately so somehow I started leaning to yoga for my next endeavour.
What is foam rolling anyway?
Foam rolling also known as self-myofascial release is a massaging practice. The myofascial release itself has been used by therapists since forever but to do this yourself you will need some help in the form of a foam roller. The point of the practice is in a long dragging force. The release of the force should help with immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, and improving circulation. It’s not as great as having a professional do it but it’s good. Really good.
Which is why i highly recommend it to everybody who regularly exercises. It helps preventing injuries and promotes recovery time, which also means you can do more workouts in a shorter period of time and thus get better more quickly.
I’ve always been a very active person. I even worked out througout all the nine months of pregnancy up until the due date, but I stopped for the 10 days I was overdue. So after my son was born I felt horrible. Not looked horrible, felt horrible. Sluggish, weak. Mostly because of the 10 overdue days spent lying around and the two weeks after my C-section during which I could hardly move. So I was very eager to get back in shape. Exactly 7 weeks after the delivery, on the day I had my first check-up and was cleared to start working out, I did my first pull-up.