By Chris Nelson, Anytime Fitness
Whether you’re planning to run, jog or walk at The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane, sometimes the first steps to tackling your training are the hardest. Lucky for us, we have Chris Nelson from Anytime Fitness on hand to help get us moving in the right direction… towards Race Day!
So, you know the benefits of getting out and getting active, but you’re still struggling to make the move from the lounge room to the pavement… we’ve all been there, and as a Personal Trainer, I hear this all the time. For some people, getting started in the hardest part so, to help, I’ve broken down five quick tips to help launch your training campaign!
1. Start small
When you start training for The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane, especially when you don’t exercise that frequently, it is best to start small, and gradually increase the intensity of your exercise, as you get comfortable (and confident!) with the movement. Start with just a few minutes a day won’t hurt – I promise – and you can gradually build on that each week without feeling like you’ve ‘overdone it.’
Keep this equation in mind: small goals + positive mindset = Bridge to Brisbane success!
2. Warm up (and down!)
I’ve said it in my previous blogs, but this cannot be reiterated enough – don’t forget to warm up thoroughly before taking on any exercise; it helps your muscles and joints be ready for next activity that you will perform. Also, don’t forget to build a warm down into your post-exercise routine. I recommend performing light static stretches after running to help the muscles cool down and promote recovery in your body.
3. Drink and eat right
Before anyone tries to exercise or work out, you need to give your whole body an honest health check and ensure your nutrition is up to scratch and ready to take on an active challenge like Bridge to Brisbane. It’s important not to run, or take on any exercise, without properly hydrating the body as you may find yourself cramping or failing to finish your desired route.
4. Avoid burnout
Just like what I’ve mentioned in previous blog articles, start small don’t get too trigger happy when you begin your training. Pushing yourself to perform outside of your physical capabilities puts you at serious risk of injury and is not something to be disregarded. Listen to your body and ensure your give it some R&R time when it is calling for it… you won’t regret it!
5. Plan your route
This may seem like something you’d do more when you’re travelling by car than foot but planning your route can be extremely important to your running/walking too. Choose the route that is most suitable for you – e.g. avoid dusty roads if you have asthma and choose interesting landscapes to run, or walk, alongside to keep you motivated throughout the course of your training.
I hope these five tips help you to take the leap and commit to signing up to The Sunday Mail Bridge Brisbane this year. And if you haven’t yet, make sure you register!
SBonus tip: If you surround yourself with like-minded people, train and be prepared whether you are completing the 5km or 10km distance you will have fun and you will finish. Happy training!