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Races, marathons, mini-marathons and triathlons all vary in distance and terrain. Before you sign up for a race and pay a registration fee, do some research into the race details. Be sure you have enough time to train.
Organizations sponsor many different types of fitness and exercise related event to raise money. Walking events are a great and easy way to raise money for your favorite charity. Find friends to join you for extra motivation.
Whether you’re a gym owner or a gym member, it can sometimes be hard to organize when classes and events are happening. Find and post classes on FitLink to increase your member retention or share your class schedule.
If you're a runner ready to take your training to the next level, a simple 5k is a great race to start with. There are a few things you should keep in mind before and after your race. Most coaches recommend training for 5-10 weeks before a race. Training should include runs 3 or 4 times a week. Once a week, you should try to increase your distance. You can also try to once a week increase your speed. When running a race consistent pacing is going to be very important, so be sure to find the most comfortable pace for yourself while training. Before the race be sure to hydrate. Hydrating doesn't mean drinking a lot the morning of the race, it means consistently drinking enough fluids several days before the race. Arrive to the race about 45 minutes early so you have time to stretch and to curb anxiety. Be sure you run your first race for yourself. Try to stay at a consistent pace throughout and try not to worry about the other runners or about being last. Run relaxed and enjoy yourself. Remember to congratulate yourself no matter your time. Finishing your first race is quite an accomplishment. If you are looking for places to run or have a good running route to share, go to our Running Routes page to search for or create a route.
Many organizations have walk related events to raise money for charities, so there are innumerable opportunities to give back and get in shape at the same time. Whether it's your first walk or your twentieth, there are things to do to prepare for any long distance walking event or race. Be sure to do some training before the day of the event. Most trainers recommend walking 3 to 4 times a day at 15-30 minute intervals. Once a week push yourself to walk a little farther than the last day and once a week walk a little faster. While you're training, you want to be wearing the shoe you will wear the day of the walk. It's best you wear sneakers specifically made for walking long distances which will support your feet and prevent injury. The day of the event, you should be sure to wear socks that breathe well such as coolmax or blister resistant socks. Depending on the weather, you'll want to wear clothing that insulates or cools. Look for wicking fabrics like polypropylene. You should bring along an outer shell that is wind and water proof. If it's sunny, be sure to wear sunscreen and sunglasses. If it's cold, be sure to wear a hat. Remember to take it easy; walking events aren't races. If your shins start to hurt, slow down and shorten your stride. Just as a quick reference: 5ks are 3.11 and at a moderate pace will take about 1 hour, while 10ks are 6.21 miles and will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes at a moderate pace. For added motivation and workout companionship, find Walking Partners near you or join a Walking Group in your area.
Yoga studios offer a variety of classes at different levels. Even if you're very athletic, start with a basics or introductory class. The clothes you wear to a yoga class should be comfortable, breathable and have nothing hard attached, like buttons, which may dig into the skin when lying down. You can bring your own yoga mat or rent a mat from the studio. The studio will also provide a blanket for you to sit a top of during meditation. Other yoga props include blocks for balancing, pillows for supporting postures and straps for assisting in stretching. Most every yoga class will begin with guided meditation and will end with time for relaxation or Shavasana. The postures in yoga focus on stretching, strengthening, spinal alignment and centering. Many yoga classes also attempt to create awareness of our internal bodily functions, such as digestion and circulation, and the bodies ability to heal itself. Before you sign up at a yoga studio, familiarize yourself with the poses by browsing through a yoga book, so the names and descriptions don't seem completely foreign at your first class.
When the weather warms up, get off the couch, get outside and get in shape. If you're looking to get rid of the winter blues or some winter pounds, try looking for outdoor events. Bike-a-thons are great for the whole family and often involve raising money for a good cause. There are also summer sports leagues to join from baseball to soccer. Make an event of a baseball game hosted by your company or school. If you live near mountains, why not take a guided hiking tour. If you live in a city, you can go on a guided walking tour. Gather your friends up and make an event of going to a yoga, aerobics or kick boxing class. You can even make going to class a recurring weekly event. Getting in shape is easy when you have a supportive community to help you. Join fitness and exercise communities who regularly host events that improve the health and wellness of their members while utilizing the beauty of nature.
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