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The 8-Week Beginner's Program

The 8-Week Beginner's Program
The training plan that follows is designed to get you to the point where you can run 30 minutes (about 2 miles) at a slow, relaxed pace. It's a simple, progressive program that begins with more walking than running, and gradually evolves into more running than walking. Each week's plan also includes a motivational quote and a training tip. Once you are able to run 2 miles nonstop, you can decide on your next goal. You might simply want to continue running 2 miles at a time, three or four days per week. Research has shown that this is enough to help you lose or maintain weight, and improve many other important health markers, i.e., your cholesterol, blood pressure, and insulin response. Or you might decide that you want to do more, in which case you can consult the many training programs offered by our online SmartCoach tool. Here are 4 key points to consider before you begin the 8-Week Program. 1. 2. 3. 4. Week 1 "Sit as little as possible. Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8

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Hal Higdon Training Programs Half Marathon Training Guide - Novice 1 Program BEFORE STARTING TO TRAIN FOR A HALF MARATHON, you need to possess a basic fitness level. And if you are over age 35, you probably should see your doctor for a physical examination. But assuming no major problems, most healthy people can train themselves to complete a 13.1-mile race. The Best Foods For Runners Most supermarkets stock more than 30,000 items, yet every time we race up and down the aisles of the grocery store, we toss into our carts the same 10 to 15 foods. Which isn't such a bad thing, as long as you're taking home the right foods--ones that will keep you healthy, fuel peak performance, and easily cook up into lots of delicious meals. So before your next trip to the grocery store, add the following 15 foods to your must-buy list. Then, when you get home, use our tips and recipes to easily get them into your diet and onto your menu. Add to your cart: Almonds Runners should eat a small handful of almonds at least three to five times per week.

Shrink a Size in 14 Days Intrigued by research spotlighting eccentric training as one of the most effective ways to get firm, we asked fitness expert Chris Freytag to create a superfast shape-up exercise routine using this unique technique. When we put a group of readers on the plan, the results were eye-popping: Testers had an average weight loss of 6 pounds and 10 inches in 14 days, with the most successful volunteers losing up to 12 pounds and more than 22 inches all over. The secret is in the program's slow-motion strength routine. Instead of lifting and lowering for 2 counts each, you'll double the lengthening "eccentric" phase of an exercise (i.e., straightening your arm during a biceps curl) to 4 counts. "Each muscle fiber works harder so you get firmer faster," explains Freytag.

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