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HIIT

HIIT A favourite type of workout for many people, HIIT or high intensity interval training is the perfect accompaniment to any runner.  There are many different forms you can do High Intensity Interval Training in; from cycling to elliptical, to rowing and running.  Pretty much any type of cardio or strength workout can be switched up with HIIT.   High intensity interval training is incredibly beneficial to nearly every type of workout.  The main benefits are due to your post recovery state.  When working out harder your heart rate and metabolic rate are slightly elevated which means you burn more calories from training and your recovery period.   Studies have even shown that when you pit high intensity interval training against traditional, steady forms of cardio HIIT comes on top every time.  In fact, HIIT can burn up to nine times more fat, and keep your metabolism up for over…

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How to get faster at running

One of the key components to become faster at running is practice.   Good form One of the keys to running at any speed is to make sure that you are practicing proper running technique.  This means that you keep your upper body tall, but remain relaxed, and that you hit the ground with the middle part of your foot, landing each stride under the hips.  You also want to swing your arms, forward and back, at 90 degree angles. Step counting Become familiar with the amount of strides you take whilst running, your stride turnover.  To become an elite athlete you will need roughly 180 steps per minute.  These should be made with your feet close to the ground taking small, short but fast steps.   Speed training I’ll focus more on this in the next article, but incorporating HIIT into your workout can really help you increase speed…

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About me

Hi everyone.  My name is Carol, and welcome to C2H3 my brand new sporting and running blog.     I’m interested in many different areas and aspects of sports and fitness.  I prefer solo sports and fitness, although I have previously competed in team sports such as football and basketball.  Running has been my favourite fitness and sporting activity since forever.  I started running over 20 years ago whilst studying at college, and have kept it up ever since.  One of my favourite things about running is the ability to zone out and focus on your steps and thoughts, I find it almost meditational.  Other fitness activities I regularly do include yoga and pilates, cycling and spin class, hiking and rock climbing and general gym fitness.     Without working out I think I would end up going insane. And I’m sure there’s many of you out there who think…