World Athletics has rolled out an initiative called the Global Conversation with an aim to initiate dialogue and engage the entire international athletics community to shape the future direction of the sport. According to a press release, the purpose of the World Plan is to ” listen to the athletics community, to identify where the sport stands now throughout the world, and to establish a vision and direction for the period through to 2030″. Here are the other updates of the week:
Have You Heard Of Workout Mirrors?
With gyms closing down due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the smart mirror is making way into the home-gym space. According to Runner’s World, “Designed to be a minimalist addition to your decor, these fitness mirrors typically offer trainer-led classes (live or on-demand), performance metrics, and community interaction that makes you feel like you’re sweating alongside your friends, albeit in a pandemic-friendly way.” While these mirrors are quite expensive, the most common question asked is why not use a workout app? According to a fitness coach, the app is more of a guide, whereas the mirror is interactive and provides real-time perspective. More details here
Significance Of Nasal Breathing To Stay Fit
“The nose is for breathing, the mouth is for eating” – this is well understood in the yogic circles. Yogic science has in-depth literature on the significance of nasal breathing. Why is it important for fitness? A recent study, published in the International Journal of Kinesiology and Sports Science, involved 10 male and female runners who implemented nasal-only breathing for six months while exercising. The study concluded that the runners’ respiratory rate, which are breaths per minute, and ratio of oxygen intake to carbon dioxide output decreased during nasal breathing. Simply put – their bodies did not have to work as hard to get the same amount of oxygen. Read full article
Include Progression Runs In Your Training
Progression runs are one of the most effective workouts, especially used by elite distance runners to boost fitness, increase speed and endurance and for recovery. This workout, however, can be followed by regular and recreational runners. According to Podium Runner, “A progression run is any run in which you begin slowly and gradually increase your pace to finish faster than you started. There are many different types of progression runs and each has a slightly different goal: building fitness, sharpening up for races, developing speed and endurance, even enhancing recovery.” Detailed article here
Challenges Faced By Women Cyclists
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we commute. While men are likely to use private vehicles, fewer women have access to personal mode of transportation. Public transport services are struggling to operate with social distances norms, cycling has become a viable option for women to cover short commutes. But there are concerns of poor infrastructure, safety on roads, a general disregard for cyclists. According to Scroll, “Many female cyclists have been targets of bikers who swerve very close. Women are often stared at, honked at, catcalled and harassed while using streets to cycle and walk.” Read full article
Very Short Workouts
Don’t have enough time for a workout? That’s really an excuse because all you need is 10 mins to fit in a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout in your busy schedule. The New York Times shares a few short HIIT workouts that have been scientifically proven to work. For a seven-minute workout, all you need is a pair of sneakers, a chair and a wall. This workout involves 12 exercises and combines “the benefits of a long run and a weight room workout into about seven minutes of steady discomfort”. Here’s the interactive article
A Few Useful & Not-So-Useful Running Facts
Running is an intense physical activity that requires mental preparedness and all your energy. Brendan Leonard’s book I Hate Running and You Can Too includes a funny, non-exhaustive list of running facts. For example: “The top recorded running speed of a human, sprinter Usain Bolt, is 27 miles per hour. The top speed of a running grizzly bear is 35 miles per hour. Data does not yet exist, however, on how fast a human can run while running from a bear.” Full list on Outside.