With only a month to go until the marathon, a new study has revealed that running is 90% more effective at burning calories than any other exercise, so it’s time to grab a pair of trainers and start pounding the pavement!
Not only is running a great way to burn body fat overall, it also helps to clear the mind, as advocated by Victoria Beckham, 40, who admits she gets up at 6am to run four miles every day. Meanwhile Hollywood A-lister Reese Withersoon, 39, credited her toned, awards-season figure to daily runs near her Tennessee home, “I like to run for about an hour,” she reveals. ” And I’m big into working out with girlfriends. It’s an acquired skill, being able to discuss your love life, children, and friends—all while you’re running! But we have mastered it.”
So, with the Virgin Money London Marathon just weeks away, we asked 200m Olympic sprinter Margaret Adeoye, 29, for her top tips. Ready, set go!
How to set your own running pace…
“If you’re running a marathon you wouldn’t want to just set off and go – and that applies to shorter distances, too. You need to find a speed that won’t make you burn out straight away. I do this by running in percentages – I never actually run at 100% until the very end. If you haven’t run before, be slow and be patient.”
You don’t have to run every day…
“I run six days a week, but that’s inadvisable if you don’t have the proper training and support because you could injure yourself. Try longer, slower runs a couple of days a week and then short, fast runs on the other days. If you’re tired, start skipping or do high knees (driving your knees up to your chest in turn). It’ll keep you motivated.”
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How to find the best work out partner…
“I’d definitely advise working out with someone who wants to achieve similar goals to you. I have a group I train with and there’s always banter going on, which makes getting out of bed easier. You can spur each other on and make it really fun.”
What to eat before and after a run…
“Eat a good hour before you go for a run. For breakfast I’ll either have oats or Weetabix, or snack on a boiled egg and maybe a banana, because it’ll give you energy. And prior to breaking out a sweat, drink coconut water for hydration. I’ll drink a cherry and berries squash and add a pinch of salt to help me replenish my sodium levels after I’ve finished exercising.”
By Giselle Wainwright