Top tips for your 5k run

How to run happy


Team ELLE are running The Color Run (otherwise known as the world's happiest 5k) this Sunday, whether you're going to be there with us or have another 5k in your diary, check out these tips from the team at Virgin Active.

Why is running good for you?

Healthy body, healthy mind: not only does running keep your body fit and healthy, but it can make you happy. Exercise releases happy chemicals, known as endorphins, which inspire feelings of enjoyment and happiness.
What can I do to help my running?
Running is a whole-body exercise so it’s important to help your body with other types of exercise too. You can do strength & flexibility exercises or resistance training, but most importantly, be sure to give your body a good stretch after your run for optimum recovery and performance.
How often do I need to run?
It totally depends on what your goal is, but any running is good running. It can take time to build endurance and strength, but stick with it and you’re sure to see quick improvements.
Should I run outside or on the treadmill?
Both options have their own benefits, so why not do a bit of both? Running outside is a more realistic training environment and the changing scenery can be a welcome distraction. On the other hand, treadmill running gives you a more controlled environment and you don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain.
What should I eat before a run?
It’s important to give your body the fuel it needs to perform so a healthy snack such as a cereal bar or piece of fruit will energise you well. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day too.
How do I stay motivated during a run?
If you’re raising money for charity, remind yourself of how many people will benefit from your achievement. If you’re running to be healthy, think about how much good you’re doing for your heart and lungs, not to mention all those happy endorphins rushing to your brain.



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