Sweat bands at the ready – it’s time to plan for Vhi Healthcare Women’s Mini Marathon 2015. But before you start sweating even at the thoughts, we have some tips to help put your mind and body at ease.
Get Real Girlfriend! Make things easier on yourself by setting realistic and achievable goals. It is important to be honest with yourself while at the same time still challenging your comfort zone. Remember try at first and if you don’t succeed, then revise your strategy and try again.
Avoid the Terrible Toos Going too far too fast, before your body is ready, is one of the most common causes of injuries. Instead, gradually build up the time you spend walking or running. Joining a group or club can also be a huge help as guidance will be provided.
It’s All About the Base Start slowly, aiming to hold a conversation comfortably while you exercise. Focus on developing your base cardiovascular fitness. Increase time or distance, rather than pace, to begin with.
Convenience is Key You must make your training plan part of your routine and lifestyle. If it fits in seamlessly then it will become the norm. Choose a time which is best for you and allows you to perform at your optimum. Join a gym that is close to home or on your regular route of travel. Or, why not avoid spending over the odds on a lavish gym membership and instead invest in a couple of pieces of equipment that you know you will use.
Get a great workout with a kettlebell, dumbbells, a skipping rope, a bosu ball and an exercise mat. Perform alternating weights and cardio exercises using the dumbbells/ Kettlebells and the skipping rope. Mix it up between upper and lower body and perform some core on your mat and bosu ball to finish. Go online www.elverys.ie or call in-store to speak to an Elverys Sports staff member.
Creature of Habit If you intend on meeting a friend, hitting the gym or working out on your lunch break then it is essential you pack your gear bag the night before. This will avoid any temptation to skip your exercise session when you are sleepy leaving the house in the morning.
Plan B at the Ready Instead of being shocked that it is raining, you have got stuck in work or the pool is closed for renovations plan for the “what if’s”. If you are flexible and can react to minor problems then you can swap workouts around or find another type of workout to complete. If unavoidable then revise your plan to fit in another session at a later time. Having access to machines in your own home such as a treadmill, exercise bike or an elliptical will mean you always have a back-up.
Sabrina Carey, Elverys Sports POWER Team Leader