September 27, 2017

But I’m a walker!

Scenery when walkingSome people just don’t want to run, or coming at it from a different angle, prefer to walk.  Walking is fantastic and below are a few reasons why it is so good for you.

Personally I love walking; I combine this with running to mix up what I do, get some variety and work my muscles slightly differently. I find it is also very sociable which I don’t get from running,  when running I put my music on and go.  One of the best feelings is being tired and slightly weathered after a long walk; a great feeling.

 

 

Keeping you mobile

Walking is good for working your muscles without putting too much pressure on your joints which can be problematic with running. Walking also enables you to tackle some routes you might not want to run. For example we walked a 21km circuit in Mt Hotham recently. If you were a seasoned off road runner you could run it but I had far more fun walking it. One of the great ways to keep your bones strong and help prevent bone deterioration is exercise. This combined with the right diet helps promote bone health.

Seeing the sights and sounds

Take a camera, load up a backpack, leave the ipod at home and get close to nature. Walking is perfect for this and you can find some fantastic spots off the beaten track. Very recently I was walking in Cape Schanck and an echidna pottered out right in front of me. I find walking relaxing and it is as much about the mental break as it is the physical exercise.

Post Run Snacks

Great running foodWhen running you burn up a lot of energy which is exactly what you want. It’s great for the heart, your muscles, metabolism and weight management. However you need to ensure you put enough calories in and the right ones, pre and post running. This blog aims to give you some ideas of things to eat post run.

One of the golden rules Run Rabbit promotes is eating within an hour of finishing your run. This ensures you replace energy into your muscles quickly so they can recover and you can get back out running again and feel fantastic. It’s important to get a good mix of simple carbs and a small amount of protein, typically 4:1, for muscle repair; go easy on the protein, you need good carbs primarily.

Here are some of our suggested yummy post run snacks:

  • Banana and few almonds, i.e. 3 or 4 – great for carbs, fibre and a bit of protein in the nuts
  • Other fruit, e.g. apples, melon, berries but do try to have a few nuts with it. If you don’t like nuts or are allergic to nuts try chia seeds. [Read more...]