Take a deep breath and let it go πŸ˜€

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This breathing technique is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. The power of deep calm, easing the body into a state of calmness and relaxation.

Method:

1. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for 4 seconds.

2. Hold your breath for 7 seconds while your muscles tense.

3. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound for 8 seconds and let it all go πŸ˜€

Repeat 4-5 times or until you are calm and your heartbeat is back to normal.

This breathing technique works so well for me that it puts me into a relaxed state immediately.

I prefer doing this post my Interval runs and / or High intensity workouts.

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#RunwithRaah πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

PR – 5K – 21:11

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P R – Two letters that make every runner smile 😬😬

Today I ran a 5K PR in 21 minutes 11 seconds as part of #NYRR Virtual Racing powered by #Strava. It feels AWESOME 😎

I still have a long way to go if I have to beat 5K < 20 minutes. That’s tough, but nothing is impossible. 🀭🀭

#RunwithRaah πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Small daily improvements are the key to long-term results. πŸ’ͺ🏼

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To get these results you must focus on your diet, training and recovery.

Sometimes it is okay to cheat on your diet plan or to skip a couple of training sessions.

If you can train well and stick to clean eating 90% of the times then you can say that you’ve achieved your goals and you’ll definitely get the desired results.

The purpose of your training should be about progress, not perfection. If you’re consistent, it is VERY EASY to get those results (I am saying this after completing 12 weeks of my Bodyweight Training successfully). πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Most importantly, listen to your body, drink lots of water, get peaceful sleep every night and stick to your plan.

It’s EASY isn’t? πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

#RunwithRaah πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Cool Down

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Last week I shared some insights on Warming Up and why it is so important to do it BEFORE every workout.

Similarly, a Cool-down session is equally important and must be performed AFTER every workout.

Cool-down is a bunch of exercises with lighter intensity, which when performed immediately after a workout helps gradually bring the heart rate back to its resting rate – thereby reducing stress on the heart.

It could be a jog or a walk followed by some stretching or yoga. It will help reduce post-workout soreness and may prevent injury.

It happens most of the times that you are already tired post-workout and you tend to skip on those 5-10 minutes of quickie cool down exercises. Don’t do that.

I recommend to spare some time out for allowing your body to cool down, followed by which you can get re-hydrated and rest well. If you take care, it’ll help recover your muscles and your body will surely reward you for it.

S Β l Β o Β w Β  D o Β w Β n. Β  C Β a Β l Β m Β  D Β o Β w Β n.

D  o  n  t   W o  r  r  y.   D  o  n  t   H u  r  r  y.

T  r  u  s  t   T  h  e   P  r  o  c  e  s  s. πŸ‘πŸΌ

#RunwithRaah πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

One Mile – a magical distance

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Everyone should aspire to run a Mile to see how fast they can run this magical distance.

If you are already a runner, it is most likely that you would be targeting a 6 to 7 minute mile. But, we all know that it is not so easy to master the mile at that pace – it requires a good balance of speed, strength and courage.

Today, I attempted a mile in 06:09 as part of a virtual race by #NYRR celebrating Global Running Day week powered by #Strava

It was my first attempt in June this year, and the outcome was far better than the last two attempts (06:26 and 06:17) in June a year ago. This time around I was less tired and was able to finish strong.

Three years ago I had clocked my best EVER mile in 06:08, which is just one second faster than my pace today 😲 – so I am not quite there, but will surely make another attempt this month end. (Looking forward to a sub 6-minute mile – some day)

IMPORTANT: Going out and running a 6-7-8 minute-mile when you haven’t been running previously, can lead to an injury. Pushing yourself too hard can derail you for weeks or even months. Remember, you are not competing with anyone else but you. So take it easy. You can always make multiple attempts.

It is important to finish strong πŸ’ͺ🏼

#RunwithRaah πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Week 8 – Bodyweight Training

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Challenge yourself daily and you will be amazed with Results!

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You will visibly see the difference in how you look and in your strength if you progressively do more reps, use harder exercises, do more sets and rest less between sets.

Now in order to improve your fitness level, you will need a lot of time and patience. Impatience and hunger for quick results may lead to Failure (in the form of an injury or in achieving your goals). 😏

Best advice is to give your Goals sometime and you’ll see the results for sure.

This is how I plan my week:

– Make a weekly workout plan

– Check all the workouts that are done βœ…

– Rate each workout on a scale of 1-5 and calculate an average by the end of the week.

– Re-evaluate and adjust next week’s schedule depending on the average (it helps me understand how I feel post workout).

– Lastly I work on progressively increasing the average.

It is very important to be consistent.

Here’s what Week 8 of my BodyWeight Training looked like.πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Workout 1

  • 150 Jump Squats (180 degree)
  • 75 6-Count Burpees
  • 200 Mountain Climbers
  • 300s Wall Sits
  • 75 Up Downs

Workout 2

  • 150 Knee Tuck Crunches
  • 150 High Plank Jacks
  • 120 Sit-Ups
  • 150 Leg Raises

Workout 3

  • 130 Star Jacks
  • 130 Push-Ups
  • 130 Butt Kicker Jump Squats
  • 130 Triceps Dip
  • 300 Punches

Workout 4 πŸ˜…

  • 250 High Knees
  • 250 Rockstars
  • 150 4-Count Burpees

Workout 5

  • 230 Walking Lunges
  • 345s Wall Sits
  • 75 Push-Up Side Planks
  • 100 Sit-Ups
  • 80 Leg Raises

Each day’s exercise should have warm-up and cool-down exercises and stretches. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €

It is important to Stay Hydrated with 2-3L of fluids (preferably Water)

Happy Workout. Happy Running.

#RunwithRaahπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ β €