One of the best ways to get a rush feeling and get that almost outer body experience is to incorporate small intervals of sprinting while you are jogging. You don’t have to be an Olympic runner to squeeze in some sprints. Good sprinting workouts will not only strengthen your initial twitch muscles but it will ease your mind and release huge amounts of stress. They are a little hard to do at first but if you try hard enough you can do sprints no problem with some practice. You will like the results you get from quick sprints because it is has the same intensity as a heavy lifting day at the gym. Your brain will notice you running faster with short sprints and that will help you get faster and faster as you progress.
The 10-second speed burst for beginners.
Always start by warming up your legs. Try 5 minutes of walking or light jogging. A great way to start sprinting is to sneak them in your jogging routine. Surprise yourself with a quick 10 yard sprint every five minutes. Taking short water breaks are very important so don’t forget your water supply. Sometimes I like to pretend that I’m running to first base to beat out the throw from third base. It is easy to fantasize while you are sprinting so take advantage of the time spent doing it. You can run faster when you visualize your self running for a good reason. Just make sure you don’t over do it by not warming up or trying to do too many. It does hurt a little at first so pay attention to that but it will slowly pay off.
The active recovery time.
Just like the importance of warming up before sprints, so is the slow down process equally important. I was running this morning at the park and every time I did a sprint I felt like I was going to die. I began to slow down a little and realized that i need to get in better shape and to take it easy. I slowed down my jogging to a walk and sprinted only for 5 second intervals. The point is that I made an adjustment in order to not hurt myself. Slowing yourself down near the middle of your workout is a good way to recover and slow your heart beat down gradually and comfortably without any breathing struggles.
Next level sprint workouts.
Once you get used to doing your sprints a few days a week, you can begin to mix things up by trying new things. You can sprint for longer periods of time or longer distances. Once you are ready to advance to the next level it is a good idea to alter the duration of the sprint and lower the recovery time. You will know when its time to bump it up. Things will get too easy for you and this is when you mix it up.
What are the benefits of doing sprints.
Sprints actually burn more calories than regular steady jogging. They hit you harder because of the quick interval training. This fast intensity is more effective than low intensity jogging or walking.
Sprinting can also save you a lot of time as jogging a slow pace can take forever. Sprints can be done effectively in 15 minutes or less. Many football players like to do sprints because it not only helps their performance but they are easy to do at home away from practice.
Including sprints in your workouts will help you get quicker while improving endurance and aerobic activity. You will train your nervous system to react faster under pressure. Even jogging or walking fast will get easier for you because of the sprinting.
They will help you keep your legs and over all muscle mass stronger than before. The muscles and striations that will appear in your legs will be obvious to you and others. Sprinting creates lean muscle mass that will make you feel strong and healthy.
It will boost your speed and power. Because of the quick bursts of speed that you are doing regularly, you will experience a major boost in power and your energy. Not only in the gym but also in your daily routine.
Sprinting is not easy at first but it will grow on you over time.
Good sprinting workouts were hard for me to do at first because I am more of jogger and walker type of person. But the more I tried the better I got at doing them. The sprints were weak at first but I didn’t care I just wanted to get them in my workouts. I wanted to make it a habit of doing them every time I go jogging. I even write them down on my daily list of things to do. This way I keep them in my mind to make sure I do them. You will be so grateful of the way the sprints make you feel so good inside and out. And you don’t have to kill yourself doing them.