On the surface, running is simple. You get a good pair of shoes, then you put one foot in front of the other quicker and quicker over time. To be a runner, means all that plus a passion for the nuances of the sport, including proper nutrition, recovery and how to train according to your sign.
Here, our 10 most-read running stories of the year, plus a bonus editor’s pick — taking it to 11. Cheers to a fit and happy 2020!
1. Does Running Burn Muscle or Build Muscle?
TLDR: yes. However, as usual, the explanation is fascinating — which is probably why this was our most popular running story. If you liked this, you might want to read: Is it Better to Run More Miles or Faster Miles?
3. 4-Week Intro to Running Plan
If the idea of transitioning from the couch to running a 5K sounds appealing, this month-long running plan is the best place to start. Easing into running with a plan like this and staying consistent with it is your key to success.
5. 5 Things Doctors Wish Every Runner Did
Think of this advice as the apple in “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
7. Your Running Style Based on Your Horoscope
This year, it seemed like astrology had a moment, as did Myers-Briggs. We still think your spirit animal is something to consider as well. After all, it’s good to occasionally take a break from all that serious training.
8. What Runners Should Know About Resting Heart Rate
While a normal resting heart rate is in the 60–100 beats per minute range, an endurance athlete’s can be as low as 40. If you’re concerned about overtraining, this could be a good metric to watch.
9. Is Running the Best Cardio For Weight Loss?
Some research is showing jogging as the best way to combat obesity, but since consistency is important for long-term weight maintenance, doing something you enjoy is where it’s at.
10. Why Every Runner Needs Fartlek Training
Fartlek is a fun Swedish term that basically references interval training to help you get faster. Speedwork in and of itself has several benefits and is part of a responsible training routine.
11. Science Says Running Actually Lowers Inflammation in Your Knees
Running has always gotten a bad rap where knees are concerned, but new research is showing it’s not so cut and dry.
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