Running; A free workout!

Obviously, doing the job that I do, I rely on clients to earn a living but having said that, personal training isn’t cheap and not everyone can afford it and definitely not on such a regular basis that no other exercise is needed.

So, I want my clients to get results, which means putting the hard work in! I mentioned in my last post about working out at home outside of PT sessions and how one session per week is not enough, so what can you do to burn calories and build fitness levels between sessions?

Now I appreciate that not everyone is motivated enough to workout alone after a long day, so some require a bit of persuasion, which is where I come in, but there are other forms of fitness that will definitely help and don’t cost the world. My favourite and a great example is running. Again, not everyone enjoys it as much as me but it’s a cheap way to burn calories.

Did you know, the average run can burn approximately 100 calories per mile? Obviously that will depend on the pace and effort you put in, hence why it is an average, but it’s hard to find another activity that can beat running when it comes to burning calories. Even better, if you have sports gear, it doesn’t cost a penny to slip your trainers on, go outside and have a walk/jog/run.

We can come back to that word ‘motivation’ again and some people just struggle to do it alone and need a friend or a group. Fine, why not find one! There are plenty of others in the same situation and would love to join you so you can motivate each other. Now if you really want something bigger than a friend or a group of friends to motivate you, I have just the thing for you…..parkrun!

If you’ve never heard of parkrun, it’s a FREE, 5km, timed run in a park and they run in many venues across the UK. It’s an inclusive event for all levels and the emphasis is more on the social side of running rather than the competitive side. It’s a run NOT a race!

Just over 15 months ago, I set up a parkrun in Banbury (Banbury parkrun) and it runs every Saturday at 9am in Spiceball park. It’s a great event with a fantastic community spirit and a range of fitness levels from walkers to athletes. Everyone is welcome and the best thing is, you don’t pay a penny……just register here, print out your barcode, turn up on a Saturday morning and enjoy!

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What better way is there to burn some calories than a social run with friends. Take a look, come along and give it a go….