Becoming fit and building exercise into your lifestyle an be difficult to do. Having a personal trainer is not always appealing or can be justified on the grounds of costs. Going to gyms can be a lonely and intimidating experience, especially if only just embarking on trying to get fit and feeling body conscious – not to mention the potential commute involved just to get there. There is always someone huffing and puffing during their weightlifting session which can be quite distracting. It could be that running on a machine is just too tedious.
Running on the roads can provide other problems because of the uneven and hard surfaces, runners are exposed to vehicle fumes which can be increased depending on the time of day, there are many roads that do not even have pavements, making running on the roads hazardous.
It is proven that running is one of the most effective ways of getting fit fast and losing weight fast. If you have a running watch or other fitness tracking device this theory can easily be checked. Burning calories by running happens quickly.
Running outside – with wind in your face and the interest of passing scenery – is an incomparable workout activity.. There are a number of indoor tracks that can be accessed and can be found by an internet search, but nothing beats running in the great outdoors. Add in some precise workouts, timing your 200s, 400s, or 800s with a running watch, and you can truly get a track-team-style workout for a pretty low cost — assuming you can find a track to run on!
How to Find a Track
Finding somewhere to run can prove difficult so consider finding a track to run on. The advantages are the track will be well maintained, level and accurately measured so there is not even the need to own one of those fitness trackers because all you have to do is count how many time you travel around the track. Some may have floodlighting for your evening runs.
There have been medical studies that have proven that short intense exercises for approximately 45 seconds, then stopping for a minute or two and then back to intense exercise is also good for your health and a quick way to improve fitness and lose weight. You might be inspired by Usain Bolt and want to be able to run fast so a running track will be ideal.
The problem is finding a track close to you. Here are a few tips for trying to locate a good place to practice your interval runs or your 400 meter sprints:
- The first place to start would be to check out the facilities at local schools and colleges. It is worth investing time to have a look at the facilities as it might be that the running tracks are not accessible outside of school and college hours. It would be polite and reasonable to ask permission from the school or college to use the facilities just in case a zealous caretaker interrupts your exercise regime. Anywhere you see a football field, look for a track running along the outside of it – it is a common design. Note that you will want to use these tracks during off-hours, not during the sports teams’ practices or games.
- Some large, amenity-filled parks have a running track in them. For example, a quick search in the city of Chicago shows that they have 23 running tracks in their public parklands. Many are standard 400m tracks that can allow for your great interval runs. Go to your city’s park and rec department to see if they offer such a resource for you.
- A local fitness club such as a running club, rowing club, boxing club may have a track that can be used. Again, it would be right and proper to ask for permission, and if need be make a small contribution for access to their facilities.
Running around a track is an exhilarating experience. Whether your have a fitness buddy or not, that feeling of achievement in a safe environment cannot be captured in most things that we do in our lives. Do make sure that you carry out warming up and cooling down exercises to avoid muscular and ankle pain. If you have any underlying health conditions do seek medical advice. It might be the case that you are advised on the levels of running.
Most athletes have break times in their training regimes i.e. not exercising every day. Set a steady pace for yourself so that you constantly improve your performance and stay motivated about running. Good luck.