Running is perhaps the oldest form of physical fitness. The rules have been re-written dozens of times and there are thousands of theories on what makes running the best workout. We decided to look a little further and figure out 6 things you may - but probably didn’t know about running!
1. Your morning cup of coffee actually helps you burn calories - and makes workouts seem easier! The recommended dose is 3-5mg per kilogram of body mass. Experts advise caution: caffeine can act like a drug, causing withdrawal symptoms and desensitization if taken too regularly.
2. Running with music can boost your performance up to 15% - Dr. Costas Karageorghis , author of Inside Sports Psychology , claims that aside from boosting your mood music helps to set a pace. This is easily accomplished when listening to the beat of almost any genre of music. Much like caffeine, if overused you can desensitize yourself to music and the benefits decline; two runs with music and one without is what Karageoghis recommends.
3. Lose Yourself by Eminem, is the best song to listen to while on a run - Runners-up include Thunderstruck by AC/DC and Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.
4. Your toenails can fall off - While this is more of a concern to marathon runners, it still happens and it’s still pretty gross. Marshall Ulrich, who ran across the United States in one huge ultra-marathon, actually had his toenails surgically removed. (LINK: http://www.mensfitness.com/life/sports/bizarre-facts-about-ultramarathoning )
5. It takes 200 muscles to take one step - On average, a person walks 10,000 steps in a day - runners even more! Now that’s a workout!
6. It’s never too late to start! - The oldest man to run a marathon was Fauja Singh at 101 years old. If that wasn’t enough, the now-104-year old didn’t begin training for marathons until he was 89!
The only thing holding you back is you, so get out there and go for your version of a run - whether that means 5 minutes or 5 hours!
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