Long distance running wears out your body, but the real battle happens in your mind. Here's the mental trick an ultramarathoner used to push through the most difficult moments of running 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days.
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The basic crow pose is an advanced-beginner yoga pose that's a great stepping stone for teaching you to balance on your hands. And it's like the gateway balancing pose to the other badarse yoga moves, but it can also be really practical: You get to work on hip flexibility and improve your shoulder, chest and core strength.
Warm-ups here don't refer to quick side bends, hamstring stretches and shoulder circles. There is a certain method to appropriately warming up for each strength training exercise. It's not complicated: Start light and ramp your way up. Then as weight goes up, your reps go down.
Light cardiovascular exercise can help to set your mind at ease, and give you an opportunity to mull over your thoughts. But what if your thoughts are bothering you so much you just need a distraction? It turns out exercise can do that, too.
Basketball players, runners, weight lifters and everyday gym-goers are always looking for an extra edge, and they think compression gear might be just the thing. By squeezing yourself into these stretchy garments, you supposedly increase blood flow, which in theory, means more oxygen to working muscles and a better workout.
If you've ever walked with heavy objects in each hand a certain distance and couldn't wait to drop them by the end, then you've done a farmer's walk (AKA a loaded carry). It's one of the most basic and practical exercises, yet it also improves grip, core and total body strength while working on your cardio, all at once.
Video: Suspension trainers give you the flexibility to do a solid bodyweight workout wherever you want: At home, at the park or under a tree. The entire thing is just a set of straps with handles that you can attach to a door, a tree or a pull-up bar. For about $US10 ($13) and a bit of your time, you can make your own suspension trainers at home.