Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Get Your BEST BODY Ever

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I love to run and I want you to be able to love it to if you don't already. It's a great way to get in shape and I can't say enough about how awesome I feel after.

This is a part of my Power Exercises for Runners 3 week Program

Proper Running Shoes 

Purchase proper running shoes. In order to get the right shoe, you must figure out your foot's pronation. Pronation is the way the foot rolls from heel to toe on each stride. To determine your level of pronation, grab one of your old sneakers and look at the sole. Your foot overpronates if most of the shoe wear is on the medial (inside) side. Runners who overpronate should buy motion-control running shoes. Your foot underpronates if most of the shoe wear is on the lateral (outside) side. Runners who underpronate should buy cushioned running shoes. You have a neutral stride if the wear on the underside of your sneaker is uniform across the forefoot. Runners with neutral strides should buy stability running shoes.

Warming up

  • No reason to get hurt when you first start to run. Stretch out your hamstrings, calf muscles along with your hips and backs before you start running. Warm up with five minutes of walking.


Beginner: Alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking. 2 miles to 3 miles for you today.

Advanced: Run 3 miles check your time and even log it for later so you can watch improvement over time.

FINISH WITH  The 10 Best Poses for Runners
By Paige Greenfield

Spend 15 to 20 minutes on these poses after a run when muscles are warm, or practice them on your off days. Even better: Take at least one weekly yoga class for a deep, total-body stretch.

Wall Dog

1. Stand facing a wall, about an arm’s distance away, feet shoulder-width apart, hands on wall at shoulder height, fingertips pointing upward.
2. Take a few steps back and bend at waist until spine is parallel with the floor.
3. Stretch hips away from wall, lift lower belly in and back.
4. Lengthen lower back, keeping pelvis stable. Stretch crown of head forward. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.

Stretches: Shoulders, hamstrings, calves, lats, lower back, sacrum, hips
Strengthens: Core, spinal muscles, shoulder joints

Hamstring Stretch
1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, bend arms behind you and take hold of forearms or elbows.
2. Step right foot back 2 to 3 feet and turn right foot in 60 degrees to square hips.
3. Keeping hips stable, lengthen through spine, and draw low belly in.
4. Bend forward from hips as far as you can, while keeping legs and spine straight. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.
5. Repeat on opposite side.

Stretches: Hamstrings, shoulders, forearms
Strengthens: Legs, core, back
Wide Leg Standing Forward Bend
1. Stand with legs spread about 4 feet apart, feet parallel, toes pointing slightly inward, hands on hips.
2. Keeping hips stable, lift spine up, draw low belly in, and lengthen lower back.
3. Bend forward from the hips, bring fingertips or palms to the floor.
4. Push into the floor with your hands, lift the chest and draw shoulders onto back, keeping spine long and legs active. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.

Stretches: Abductors, hamstrings, calves, lower back, sacrum, Achilles tendons, ankles, inner thighs
Strengthens: Core, legs, ankles
Wide Leg Standing Forward Bend with Twist
1. From Wide Leg Standing Forward Bend, walk both hands toward the right leg, keeping equal weight on both feet and hips even on one plane.
2. Gently twist from left side of belly toward the right. For a deeper stretch, place right palm flat on low back. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.
3. Place right hand on floor, untwist, walk fingers back to center.
4. Repeat on opposite side.

Stretches: Outer hips, oblique, shoulders, intercostals
Strengthens: Hip stabilizers, core muscles

1. Kneel on the floor.
2. Bring right foot forward and bend right knee to 90 degrees so shin and thigh are perpendicular and thigh is parallel with floor.
3. Keeping hips stable, lift spine up, and draw low belly in.
4. Stretch torso forward until it rests on right thigh. Place hands on floor on either sides of right foot.
5. Slide left knee back until leg is straight and turn left toes under. Press ball of left foot into the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.
6. Repeat on opposite side.

Stretches: Psoas, calves, Achilles tendons
Strengthens: Back, legs

Front Thigh Stretch

1. Kneel on a blanket or mat and then sit on the heels with toes tucked under.
2. Place hands on the floor about 6 inches behind your glutes, fingertips facing toward your body. Draw low belly in, and slide tailbone forward toward heels.
3. Press shins and hands into the floor, and lift buttocks several inches off of the heels. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.

Stretches: Front thigh, groin, knees, back
Strengthens: Hamstrings

Bound Angle Pose

1. Sitting on the floor, bring soles of the feet together and bring the heels as close to your groin as you can while keeping the spine straight.
2. Press the soles of the feet together to allow thighs to descend toward the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths. If you have trouble keeping the spine straight, sit on a folded blanket.

Stretches: Inner thighs, pelvic region, hips, shins
Strengthens: Hips

Diamond Pose with Toes Tucked Under

1. Begin on hands and knees on a blanket or mat with knees and feet slightly apart, shins parallel with each other.
2. Turn toes under so balls of feet rest on floor. Sit on heels with knees resting on the floor. Place hands on tops of thighs. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.

Stretches: Soles of feet, toes, ankles
Strengthens: Ankles, feet

Diamond Pose with Cow-Face Pose Arms

1. Begin on all fours on a blanket or mat with knees and feet slightly apart, shins parallel with each other.
2. Sit back on heels with the tops of the feet touching the floor.
3. Extend right arm out to the side in line with shoulder, thumb pointing down.
4. Bend right elbow, take right arm behind the back, touch the spine with the back of right hand, fingertips pointing toward neck.
5. Extend left arm straight up to the ceiling. Turn hand so palm faces wall behind you.
6. Bend left elbow and reach left fingers to touch right fingers. Use a shirt or towel if fingers don’t touch. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.

Stretches: Ankles, shoulders, knees shins, arms, chest
Strengthens: Spine

Full Body Relaxation with Conscious Breathing

Lay on back with a folded towel under the head and neck. Bend knees and let the back of the torso release into the floor. Place hands on ribs. Focus on feeling the breath move in and out of the lungs. After about 2 minutes or 20 breaths, stretch arms out to the sides, palms face up, and relax the neck and shoulders. Extend legs one at a time and relax torso and lower back. Stay here for 5 to 10 minutes.

Conscious breathing expands lung capacity. Also, slowing the breathing relaxes the central nervous system.

source: http://yoga.prevention.com/runners/The_10_Best_Poses_for_Runners.shtml


  1. I decided to start this 3-week running program today. Instead of running the little intervals, I decided I would try to run 2 miles straight. I ended up running 1.6 of the 2 miles and then walking. I went back to my apartment and did ab exercises on my Bender Ball. Since I am not much of a runner, this was a great start for me!

    1. Great job. I am so proud of you. Keep it up.

  2. I'm a big runner and now my mom wants to join in! We're doing this together starting tomorrow!

  3. I just registered for my first half marathon in June. This looks like a great way to get started training, thanks!

  4. question?! can you post or is there a good workout to lose that fat a little bit above your armpit kinda where your breasts and arm and body meet, as to make it more distinct in a way...also, is there a good exercise for more distinct collarbone? or for a distinct jaw line? aka, less double chin.? THANK YOU!!

    1. Chest flys and push ups and lat pulldowns and rows will help with all the chub around the bra line. Losing weight will be all you need to lose the double chin.

  5. This is a great program I have 3 weeks before my BDay I am starting this tomorrow! I have the Warrior Dash week #4 so I need to get into fighting shape!

    1. Happy early Birthday girl! I am so excited for you... Can wait to hear how the warrior dash goes. I want to see pictures!

  6. im naturally thin and like to run but dont wanna lose weight i want to gain muscle, whats the best way to do that

  7. I'm really skinny (100 lbs) but all the fat I do gain seems to go strait to my tummy! I want a flat belly with toned abs. Will running help along with ab exercises?

    1. Yes, and stay away from artificial food flavors and colorings... Drink half your body weight in oz a day.

  8. Holly, I am so excited for you. Keep me posted for sure.