Has the Virgin London Marathon inspired you to take up running? If TOWIE's James ‘Arg’ Argent, Cara Kilby and Billi Mucklow complete the course next Sunday, we'll be inspired to ditch the heels and don our trainers for a summer run or two.
Running is a popular and cost-effective way to increase your fitness, relieve stress, lose weight and improve your health and is ideal for an outdoor fitness plan for summer. Ollie Campbell, Director and Personal Trainer at OC Fitness, has put together a few simple running guidelines to help keep your training on track.
First, create a stretching program to compliment your running program, incorporating foam rolling, specifically concentrating on the calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and hip flexors. Include strength training into your schedule to reduce the risk of injury.
Make sure that you eat right, get the bulk of your carbohydrates after training and stick to sweet potatoes, wild rice and quinoa.
Swimming can make up one of your cardio workouts every week, to give you a break from the pavements. Ollie also recommends Nelsons Arnicare Cooling Gel (£4.95 from Boots) to cool and soothe post-training niggles.