A lot of us have started the New Year with the resolution to stay fit and enrolling for walkathons and running events is the first step we take to achieve our goals. However, it takes a lot of preparation to complete the marathon and we want to make sure you are not left behind. With February right around the corner, there are a host of fitness events lined up in Bangalore starting with the Oxfam Trailwalker India from February 7 - 9 and we have put together all the information you may need. A list of do’s and dont’s that will give you the perfect head-start as you prepare for the walkathon, read on to find out how to build your body for a fit 2020.
1. Get enough sleep: We can never stress enough on the importance of this one. If your body is well-rested at least the night before, it will do more and achieve more every day. Sleep is directly proportional to how productive you will be and with an event to test your fitness coming up soon, do not underestimate the power of sleep.
2. Stay hydrated and eat nutritious food: It is imperative that the body is a well-oiled machine before you embark on any fitness journey. The right food and water is the fuel that will make your body function to its best. Before, during and after any walkathon/marathon, remember to have water to sip on and a nutritious snack that can help you regain and pile up on energy.
3. Exercise / Train in advance: When your body is used to being exercised every day, the day of the walkathon will be a cakewalk. Whether its yoga, pilates, running, jogging, going to the gym or anything else, remember to start exercising immediately. The more stamina you build every day, the better chance you have at completing that marathon.
4. Find your sole-mates: If you’ve done all of the above but are wearing the wrong shoes on D-Day, there’s not much that can be done to save you the horror. Too tight, too loose, shoe-bites, blisters – all these are nightmares you can avoid if you have found your sole-mates in advance. Don’t keep new shoes for the day of the event, make sure your feet are comfortable in what you’re putting on them.
5. Have a plan: Going for a walkathon without knowing how much you have to walk, what the right is pace to choose or how many breaks to take is like planning a trip without a destination. Have a plan in place – know your goals and how you plan to achieve them and you can be assured you will make yourself proud.
Definitely stay away from:
1. Alcohol / Smoking / Junk Food: Do we even need to elucidate on this one? While this should be a regular habit, before a marathon/walkathon – this could be the worst thing to do. You might as well not go!
2. Using brand new gear for the run: We do understand D-Day is important and you don’t want to wear out your equipment and gear but if you choose to start with fresh gear, let us warn you of the consequences. From wires snapping and ill-fitting outfits, there is a long list of things that can go wrong and set the mood for the walkathon. Stay away from them! They say old is gold and it’s best you use your best gear, even if it isn’t bright and shiny!
3. Loading up on carbs and sugar: Apart from slowing your speed down, carbs and sugar will make you feel bloated and full. However nervous you may be, remember to stick to nutritious food that will keep you light and healthy. If sugar is your necessity, choose fruits over chocolates.
4. Partying the night out: You may think Oxfam Trailwalker India can be completed even after a night of partying but let us remind you that 50 km and 100 km are long distances and it’s best to postpone the partying for the day after you’ve completed your goal. If your intention is to help society through the Trailwalker, then sleep early the previous night so your body is fully prepared to compete and challenge itself.
5. Starting a new fitness regime just before or on D-Day: New fitness regimes challenge your body and push its limits. However, they also lead to aches and pains that can take a few days to go. If you plan on building your stamina through a new regime, we suggest this can be done weeks before the walkathon/marathon or then right after. Starting a new regime just before or on D-Day may prove detrimental if your body doesn’t react well....