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RUNNING

Running…Simply the Best!

Why running makes plain old common sense during a pandemic BY DR. SYL CORBETT, DC, PHD – Avid endurance athlete and scientist specializing in the effects of exercise on the brain; consultant for professional athletes and corporate executives, from Calgary, AB ATHLETICWISE

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ur fitness regimens , similar to most of our lifestyle behaviours, have all likely modified due to the novel coronavirus. It’s no surprise running has gained a resurgence in popularity amidst the pandemic. Given gyms, pools, climbing walls and other fitness options have closed, many have gone back to the basics with running being a common default. Minimal equipment is needed, even minimalist shoes can do the trick! We’re all presumably familiar with the myriad of physical and mental benefits to running, such as gains in cardiorespiratory fitness, improved metabolic function, increased longevity, lowered stress and a reduction in the risk of many chronic diseases. Our health needs to take precedence now more than ever. Despite being cognizant of the many positive rewards it may bring, some may have let inertia take hold. Motivation may

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not be an issue to newbies, but what about These routines may also give you a muchseasoned runners losing their way? It’s needed strength boost. understandable to feel dismayed that your Your in-person race may no longer fitness plans have been forced to change, be on the calendar, but there’s no point however, there are many tactics to keep lamenting. There are ample virtual races you successfully on the running track that conveniently allow you to ‘travel’ much through the pandemic. further than you thought possible. Look for Sometimes creativity is the facet we an event that both stretches and excites you. need to exercise the most. Instead of Reach out to others taking part and share in running the same routes week after week, the training journey. You’ll possibly gain new try committing to friends from afar. regular exploratory If there aren’t any outings. You’ll virtual events that conceivably find suit you, make up some gems along the your own. Challenge way. If you’re short yourself and your on time and need to running friends DR. SYL CORBETT stick close to home, to accomplish there’s nothing like something together. a fun circuit to spice up your schedule. Support each other as you contribute to a Intersperse some snappy efforts with bench common goal and share in the collective hops, clap push-ups, skipping or burpees. sense of satisfaction of reaching it.

There are ample virtual races that conveniently allow you to ‘travel’

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