Throughout the heart of the lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, running was one of the most common things to do to help us get through the days as well as to stay physically and mentally healthy. According to a recent study, we’re running for our mental health more than ever before over the past 12 months. Consequently, running has become a subject that has experienced a significant increase in Google searches.
Running grew as an area of enjoyment which people could exploit through the tough and stressful times of the pandemic, especially during the enforced lockdowns implemented by governments. Running allowed for the feeling of stress to be left behind, by getting some fresh air and connecting with nature on a regular basis.
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Britain’s recent blossoming love for running has aided majorly regarding mental health, by lowering the levels of stress and anxiety throughout the population and instead helping increase levels of happiness. Regardless if you are an experienced runner or want to join in with the running fun, here are the most commonly searched running questions to help you perform at the highest quality.
Dune London have gathered search data from Google to discover the most searched questions regarding running between July 2020 to June 2021.
“How soon after eating can I run?”
People searching for “How soon after eating can I run? Soared by 1,100%.
Exercising instantly after eating is globally seen as a mistake. If you have eaten immediately before a run it can damage your bodies digestion and can also lead to pain in and around the stomach and therefore can negatively affect your running performance. The general principle suggests that you should leave at least 30 minutes after a snack and three to four hours after a meal before you head out on your run.
Nevertheless, it should be understood that the approach to eating before running is different with every person as metabolism varies from person to person. You might even feel full of energy when eating prior to running. Work out which plan fits for you.
“Is a 9-minute mile good?”
“Is a 9-minute mile good?” was the question which also soared in the data, rising by 700%.
It is key to realise that each person’s levels of fitness are different. Things such as age and genetics have to be factors taken into account. Someone who runs non-competitively and is experienced would normally run a mile in around 9 to 10 minutes. A starter who is looking to get fit would typically run a mile in around 12-15 minutes.
“How to pace yourself when running”
“How to pace yourself when running” experienced a boost in searches, increasing by 367%.
These are the key step you should follow to help pace yourself when you are going on a run:
- Firstly, warm up your cardiovascular system. Before you go all guns blazing for your run give yourself around 5 minutes to do some small exercises such as a light jog. This will prepare your body for when when you commence your run.
- Don’t sprint. Running at a steadier pace rather than a faster pace will help you last longer on your run. It is that simple. Try and find a pace you feel and believe that you can do for a decent amount of time without pushing yourself too hard early on.
- Monitor your breathing by trying to find a regular pattern of controlled breaths.
“How to run in the heat”
“How to run in the heat” also saw a boost of 367%.
Running in the summer when temperatures are at their peak is not the ideal environment you want to be running in, compared to running during spring or autumn. Therefore, you would need to make some changes to your routine to help you keep safe and make your running experiences more enjoyable.
- Make sure if you decide to go on a run on a hot and humid day, make sure you carry extra fluids with you to reduce your chances of dehydration.
- Wear more lighter clothing to avoid chances of overheating your body. Avoid wearing too much or wearing certain fabrics such as cotton which will trap heat.
- Make sure that you have eaten a good amount of food a few hours before your run so that you will be full of energy.
- If you feel too tired or you are getting too hot during your run, take a walking break for a few minutes. Do not overly push yourself.
“Is jogging on the spot a good exercise”
“is jogging on the spot a good exercise?” too saw an rise in searches of 367%.
Yes, running or jogging in any capacity is an aerobic exercise which is engaging your muscles. It also helps improve your lung capacity, raises your heartbeat and also strengthens your core. If you feel that the weather is not great for running, you can still remain indoors exercising.
With all the key questions now answered, you are now ready to go out and run like you’ve never run before!
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