How to Pick Out Needed Equipment

Pretty much all forms of exercise require certain kinds of equipment. For swimming you need a swimsuit, goggles, and access to a pool. For lifting weights you need to have bars, plates, dumbbells, etc. For gymnastics you need to have access to the necessary equipment like reliable horizontal bars, rings, and the best gymnastics mats you can find to use.

So, unless you’re focusing exclusively on bodyweight exercises like pushups, sit-ups, etc. you’re going to need to pick out equipment to use.

Picking Out Running Shoes

In running, the main piece of equipment you’ll need is running shoes.

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Buying a pair of running shoes should be no easy task. After all, you are investing lots of money, time, and effort hoping that these running shoes keep you injury free. Therefore, there are some tips you can use to be sure you pick the shoe that not only fits but works for your needs.

When planning a trip to the running store to get a new pair of shoes, try and plan it for the evening. After a day of activities, they will be more swollen. Your feet with all get swollen as you run. Therefore, take the guess out of how much extra space you need by getting your feet in the shoes when they are at their biggest.

Speaking about extra space, always try on running shoes with the socks you will be wearing. Don’t simply grab a pair and hope they work. By trying the shoes on while wearing the socks you normally wear, you will not have to worry about guessing again. Plus, you can see if the socks you plan to use feel comfortable with the shoes you are hoping to buy.

Be sure you get both feet measured as both feet may not be the same size. Therefore, you may require one shoe to be a little bigger or wider than the other. When trying on a shoe, press the area above the longest toe to check the room your foot has in the front.

As for the heel, it should be comfortably held tight. Be sure to take many practice strides and when you do, ensure your heel does not shift or move too much in the shoe. As for the top part of the shoe, it should be comfortably holding your foot secure. However, be sure you don’t tie the shoe too tightly.

The most important thing you can do is take the shoes for a test run. Observe how the shoes feels in different areas and different surfaces. Always keep the shoe and the variables constant and the same as what you normally would do.

Once you have found a running shoe that works for you, the hardest part is over. After you wear this pair out, you can simply get the same shoe and only have to worry about the size. Don’t worry about different models or new versions, because if a pair has worked for you before, it is most likely that it will do the same again.

Running with family members

Running with Family

Families are a great form of support. They are free, caring and hopefully willing.

But before you decide to pull your family into your running routine — be it a parent, child or sibling — there are things that you should consider.

Is There a Shared interest?

Hopefully, your family is great at giving you a pat on the back. But remember, running is a tough sport. Maybe you’re just getting started, or maybe you’ve been lacing up for a while, but just because you’re siblings or parents sound enthused doesn’t mean they want to start hitting the pavement.

Remember, it’s always easier to express interest in something than it is to get into it. Football stadiums around the country are full of people who enjoy watching the sport, but that doesn’t mean they actually want to take it up. Be sure to find out how much real interest someone has before pushing them to join you, lest you find yourself with a vengeful relative.

If this is the case, you may be able to find better ways to get closer to these family members.

Do You Have the Same Goals?

Even if you’re new to running, odds are, you will share different goals than your family members do. Maybe you’re looking to get in shape and run a marathon, but your prospective family members are only looking to drop a few pounds. Your routines will be off from each other, as will your motivation. Keep in mind that you should be running towards your goal, and you want someone to share that goal and experience with. If your goals don’t match, your running relationship won’t last.

Have You Eliminated the Pressure?

It’s easy to push people into things they may not want to do when it’s family that’s doing the asking. Maybe you’re concerned for a family member’s health and know that running would help them out, or perhaps you simply want to share a physical challenge, but understand that you’re reasons may present pressure to that family member, and in doing so you could jeperdize more than just a morning run.

Can They Physically Handle the Run?

No matter how well intentioned we are, it’s easy to overestimate people’s physical abilities, especially family members. No one likes to admit they are out of shape, and unlike some of the people running around the track, it could be that your family isn’t ready to make the physical jump into running. Be sure to understand that older family members may not be in the same place you are physically, so you’ll have to adapt your routine to fit multiple needs.

Your family may present you a great opportunity to find a running partner or group. But you’ll want to be sure that family is who you want to run with. You may have to do a little more give and take when running with relatives, but if you choose wisely and find someone with the same goals and physical abilities, you can take your running and family game to a whole new level.

Heart Related Causes of Chest Pain While Running

Many people have taken up running in an attempt to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Inexperienced runners may cause their own chest pain through irregular breathing, improper form or even lack of proper breast support.

It can happen to the old and the young alike. There are a wide range of potential triggers. While most are non-serious, chest pain while running should never be ignored. The pain may not be due to a serious cause; however, there are some very serious heart related causes of chest pain that may be experienced while running.

We’ll go over a few of these serious causes.

1. Heart Attack

Heart attack is the most serious of all heart related chest pains experienced while running. A heart attack is most often caused by a blockage of the blood flow through the coronary artery. The coronary artery supplies blood to the heart. The interrupted blood flow can cause damage or death to part or all of the heart.

Symptoms that indicate your chest pain while running may be a heart attack include shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, increased or excessive sweating, unexplained exhaustion, dizziness and pain that radiates to the arm, neck and jaw. If you have any of the above symptoms along with chest pain while running, seek immediate medical attention. While waiting for medical personnel to reach you, sit down and chew some aspirin. It is recommended that heart attack victims chew at least 160mg. This amounts to half of a regular strength aspirin. Aspirin may prevent death or reduce the severity of the heart attack.

2. Angina

Angina is a symptom of a bigger problem, coronary artery disease. The pain from angina is caused by a narrowing of at least one of the coronary arteries. This narrowing causes a reduction in the supply of blood that reaches the heart and its vessels. Angina causes chest pain while running because as you do more physical activity, the heart requires more oxygen. Because angina has caused the pathways through the coronary artery to become narrow, it is more difficult for enough oxygen to get to the heart.

Angina is a relatively common complaint. The symptoms of angina are shortness of breath and severe chest pain. People describe angina as feeling like pressure, heaviness, squeezing, tightness or someone sitting on their chest. Placing nitroglycerin tablets under the tongue is the most common treatment for angina. If symptoms worsen or the nitroglycerin tablets seem to be ineffective, the drug can also be administered through an IV at a hospital. Other medications that may be used to treat angina include aspirin, nitrates, beta blockers, statins, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors or Ranexa.

3. Aortic Dissection

An aortic dissection is what killed actor John Ritter in 2003. Aortic dissection is a tear in the innermost lining of the aorta. The aorta is the main blood vessel branching off the heart. The aorta supplies blood to the major organs of the body including the brain, lungs, kidneys and intestines. Even a small tear in the aorta will cause it to stop working properly. A tear in the aorta causes bleeding into the middle layer of the vessel. This can cause the two layers to dissect, or separate. This interrupts the blood flow to the vital organs of the body. If the dissection ruptures and blood escapes the outer aortic wall, death usually results.

If medications are not given to dilate the arteries before they rupture, internal bleeding can occur. Eventually, the entire body will shut down and die. Symptoms of an aortic dissection include fainting, shortness of breath, pain that spreads to the shoulders and abdominal cramping. The best immediate treatment is to lay the person down flat in an open space. This will help as much oxygen as possible to pass through the body. Prompt medical treatment is imperative for survival.