Running is a method of continuous movement across land in which an organism travels by foot, ranging in gait speeds from a light jog to a sprint. Unlike walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, this movement is characterized by a key moment in which all feet are airborne. Though historically an activity necessary for survival, modern humans typically engage in running as a recreational pastime that supports the maintenance or improvement of one’s physical fitness and mental health. Correct running posture is vital to minimize risk of injury, especially when training to participate in races, a popular category of sport that includes marathons, cross country competitions, track events, and so on.
How many calories does running burn?
According to Dr. Daniel V.Vigil, a professor at the health sciences department at UCLA, a general estimate for calories burned while running one mile is around 100 calories. However, this depends greatly on weight. Speed doesn’t play a major factor in the amount of calories burned, and the same amount of calories can be burning by running a longer time at a slower pace.
What should you wear while running?
Ventilated clothing that wicks away sweat is ideal for running. The weather outside informs the runner what to wear to stay comfortable. For warmer weather, shorts, a shirt, and socks are optimal, and winter running clothes may include insulated versions of the former mentioned to help keep warm.
What should you eat before running?
Ideal foods to eat before running should be easily digestible to provide the runner with instant fuel. Foods in higher carbohydrate content are the best. Some options are a banana and almond butter, turkey and cheese on whole-wheat bread, oatmeal and berries, and avocado toast.
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