Why you should start sprinting!

Running is one of the most popular fitness activity. It can be divided into two main categories: distance running and sprinting. Distance running works a wide variety of muscles, is an extremely effective cardiovascular workout, and provides many mental health benefits. Sprinting on the other hand, is often thought of as an activity that is not beneficial for all-around fitness. As it turns out, this is far from the truth.

The advantages of sprinting

Is it for everyone?

Typical sprinting workouts

Workout B: 5 x 100 meters at 90% effort with 2 minutes rest between each sprint.

Workout C: 8 x 50 meters at 100% effort with 1 minute rest between each sprint.

During the sprints, focus on pumping your arms, lifting your knees, and running with the most efficient and relaxed form possible. During the rest periods, it is good to walk or jog lightly until you feel fully recovered before beginning the next interval. If you don’t have a track available, as a rough estimate you can use 30 s, 15 s, and 7 s time intervals instead of the 200 m, 100 m, and 50 m distance intervals. Depending on your current fitness level and fitness goals, you may want to do more or less of each distance. In general though, it is advised to start a workout slower, gradually increase your effort towards the middle and decrease it at the end of the workout. This will allow your body to warm up at the beginning and reduce your risk of injury through the session.

And don’t forget to cool down after your workout. A light walk, jog and some stretching will help increase circulation through your legs and help you recover more quickly. After your workout, you can also massage your legs with natural cream like Arnica for quicker recovery.

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