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The 6 best foods if you run this summer

 

For most of the runners, summer is a big relief: no more days running in the darkness and icy paths! Let’s enjoy the sunshine and long evening runs.

But just as we change clothes with the seasons, we should adapt our diet too. Eating some specific foods before and after your runs can help you give the best of you even with high temperatures!

1. Coconut water

Regarded as the nature’ sports drink, drinking coconut water is the best way to rehydrate yourself after your long runs (better than any sports drinks). The coconut water is rich in potassium and therefore, in electrolytes (nutrients) that help prevent dehydration, to keep a good blood sugar level and to relax. Coconut water is lower in carbohydrates than normal sports drinks (ideal for people following a low-carb diet).

2. Avocado

Avocados are incredibly rich in nutrients and full of vitamins and minerals (vitamins B and C), which we need every day. Avocados are beneficial for your health and are very useful for runners because they are full of monounsaturated fats which can reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Avocados are also rich in fiber, which gives to your stomach the feeling to be full for a longer time (perfect for the long runs during the morning). This may seem contradictory because the avocado is considered as a fatty food but the fat comes from monounsaturated fats that improve insulin sensitivity and help your body to burn more fat.

3. Blueberries

Blueberries are ideal for runners because it contains a high water content so that consuming blueberries before a long run will help you stay hydrated. Moreover, they are high in antioxidants which protect you against numerous chronic diseases.

4. Kefir

The kefir is rich in probiotics which help you to boost your immune system, help improve allergies and maintain a healthy weight.

5. Quinoa

Quinoa is a complete protein source that provides all the amino acids our body needs. If you don’t eat meat, quinoa is a good alternative to boost your protein intake and it is gluten-free!

6. Spinach

One study discovered that the nitrates, found in the greens like spinach can help you reach better performance during short exercises like sprints or interval running.

Choose the right foods to help you beat the summer heat both before and after your run! Your body will thank you!

 

8 Steps to Become a Runner… For Anyone Who Doesn’t Really Like Running

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Running is a love/hate-activity for most people. It takes some willpower to get going, it hurts a bit during the run, but the feel-good payoff afterward makes it worth the effort.

But for others, running is just a hate-activity, as in “I hate running!”

And that’s completely fine. You don’t have to run to be fit and healthy. At the same time, have there ever been instances when you wish you liked it? (I bet you have.)

Whether it’s the social aspect of running with friends, all the amazing fitness benefits running offers or the opportunity to train for a goal or raise money for charity, running certainly does have its perks.

There are 8 simple steps to become a runner — even if you think you don’t like running.

 

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Get outdoors to get achieve

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Use this field guide to help you reconnect to the natural world.

For many people, an exercise routine means getting in a car, driving to the gym, slogging away on an elliptical machine and then retreating back to their homes or offices, where they sit down in front of the blue glow of a computer, TV or tablet. But there’s something missed when exercise takes place only in indoor gyms and fitness studios. Trading up some of your gym time for time on the trails, the river or the bike path can bring benefits beyond improved fitness.

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Is It Too Hot to Run Outside? Try This!

While most people welcome warm weather, the runners among us might be watching rising temperatures with fear. Is it too hot to run now?

Running in 90 degree weather and high humid isn’t as much fun as it used to be, when you had a cooling breeze and a brisker temperature.

If you are struggling to stay committed to your running during the summer, you are definitely not the only one. Good news! Here are some practical tips keep your motivation on a hot summer day.

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4 Easy Tips to Start Running

Do you need some tips to start running? I will give you some advice to what you can think about before.

Running is one of the most easiest but also hardest workout you can do. It’s easy because you only need a pair of shoes and then walk outside, you don’t need any gym or gym equipment. But, if you’re not used to running, it will take a while before you get use to it.

Running has a high impact on your joints and knees, so it’s important that you start slow so your body gets used to run before you push yourself to hard.

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10 Lessons to be Learnt from Running

Running is in fashion. Just look around, and you’ll realize streets are crowded by people passing by you in those shiny wet clothes, smiling and drinking something too sweet to be healthy.

I have to confess that I am a runner, and a proud one, and running has taught me some useful lessons, not just to have better runs, but also to have a better life.

So maybe you are a runner or maybe not, but in any case there are many useful lessons that can be learnt from this mass sport, in order to live a better life.

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