This year is flying by and Summer will be here before we know it! Along with sunshine, flowers and a few April Showers, Spring and Summer bring loads of fun runs, obstacle courses and good old friendly competition. Staying on your path to fitness and health does not have to be hard or tedious work. Obstacle course races have been gaining popularity across the country in recent years, joining friends together to motivate each other, train together and reach fun fitness goals together. Training for these events combines multiple known motivators for making healthy decisions: working towards a goal and working out with friends.
There are countless runs and obstacle courses to sign up for, including Zombie runs, costume themed runs, mud runs and color paint runs. The most important part of these runs and courses is getting ready. Preparing in a smart way and listening to your body is vital when training for any event. To prevent injury and muscle strains, you should always train and prepare for strenuous workouts like obstacle courses and long runs. Some of the best training partners are heart rate and activity monitors, like Polar products, that combine daily activity data and allow you to train based on how your own body works. Some suggested training schedules include strength training with weights and resistance bands, combined with cardio workouts on treadmills and ellipticals. In fact, ProForm has designed a treadmill inspired by the Boston Marathon , designed to help you train for a marathon. Many of these runs and obstacle races have suggested training pages as well, based on your current activity level and starting point.
There are countless runs and races across the country to sign up for. Prices vary and many have philanthropic causes benefiting from the registration costs. Below are links to some of the most popular races for different areas across the country, also keep in mind that many areas have local events as well. So this month, get a group of friends together, sign up for some runs and start training!
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