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Chris is a runner at heart who has worked in the Health and Fitness Industry for over 18 years, 10 of which he was a Personal Trainer.

He has trained many people to compete in endurance events, races and has competed himself in a full marathons, with his best time coming in at 3hrs 43mins.

Now a Club General Manager for Fitness First, he still spends a lot of time dedicated to training and is a keen sportsman, having competed in endurance races, triathlons and marathons.

Qualified in Sports Medicine, Biomechanics and Nutrition, Chris is able to offer unique insights to help improve your running moves.

Fitness First

October 13, 2017

RUN for Your Life

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As you make the conscious decision to do it, you are already planning your route and imagining the feeling you are about to experience. You must prepare your mind for the challenge ahead… the challenge is to Run.

People run for many different reasons and to achieve various goals. Some may do it for physical reasons, mental challenges or as an emotional outlet. Regardless of the reason, running is among the best aerobic exercises for physical conditioning of your heart and lungs. Studies have shown the health benefits to be enormous, reducing the likelihood of everything from the common cold to cancer.

Your stamina will increase, your performance will improve, your body fat
will reduce,
and your muscular tone and endurance will be enhanced.

While running can be a social activity, it is more frequently an opportunity to spend a little time with yourself and your thoughts, a chance to develop an increased self-awareness. As you become more aware of the state and condition of your own body, you also discover things about your inner self.

Many say they are at their most creative and lucid, even meditative, during their runs as the worries of the day slip away. Confidence increases as you push your own limits, meeting goals and often surprising yourself by exceeding your own expectations. Running is a sport of discipline, sometimes of sacrifice, and always of self-reliance. You may surprise yourself with your capacity for all three. The personal rewards can be quite powerful.

All you need is your body, your soul, your determination to achieve and your running shoes!

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In order to achieve and succeed in running, you must have variety in your training routine. If you do not vary your training techniques, you simply will not progress on to bigger and better things. There are many different training methods which teach your body different things: the long run will teach endurance, track work teaches fast-twitch muscles and hills teach strength.

The following are the main techniques you will need to utilize:

  • Fartlek (for speed and pace)
  • Hills (for strength)
  • Tempo Runs (for speed and pace)
  • Intervals (for speed)
  • Long Run (for endurance)
  • Easy Run (for recovery)

You will not have to do all of these training methods, especially as a beginner, however a little speed and strength work will definitely increase your performance and give you the edge you need to achieve what you want.

Whilst running is sometimes the best training to improve your run, you will also need to embark on other types of exercise to strengthen your muscles and core, to improve your flexibility, increase your cardiovascular capacity and conditioning.

There are many to consider, however some of the best classes available are right under your nose!

Fitness First Capital Tower is the only Sports Performance Club in Asia, located at Level 9 Capital Tower. The unique club provides a variety of classes and treadmills to vary your training (and results) with the support of Certified Fitness Coaches and Sports Performance Coaches.

Collective Works members enjoy special corporate rates with the club - enquire at the reception and don't forget to bring along your badge.

Have a fantastic fitness routine but still find yourself not at peak performance? Check out Dr Gary's mindfulness tips to sync your mental with your physical health.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chris is a runner at heart who has worked in the Health and Fitness Industry for over 18 years, 10 of which he was a Personal Trainer. He has trained many people to compete in endurance events, races and has competed himself in a full marathons, with his best time coming in at 3hrs 43mins.

Now a Club General Manager for Fitness First, he still spends a lot of time dedicated to training and is a keen sportsman, having competed in endurance races, triathlons and marathons.

Qualified in Sports Medicine, Biomechanics and Nutrition, Chris is able to offer unique insights to help improve your running moves.

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