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5 ways to stay on track during COVID-19

It’s important to keep your training on track during COVID-19.

With COVID-19 resulting in additional challenges for your running, it’s important to maintain the momentum with your training and fitness, whilst eating well and being in a positive state of mind. 

We’ve put together some top tips from our experts to stay on track: 

1. Just keep running 

When possible, continue to run while keeping in mind social distancing guidelines.

Where there’s a will there’s a way (within social distancing rules of course!). 

However, running solo can be tricky if you’re used to the accountability of training with your local running group, parkrun or running coach. 

Now’s a great time to enlist the help of an app to keep motivation levels up and ASICS Runkeeper is the one for the job. It tracks your runs with GPS, allows you to push yourself with virtual running challenges and gives you a breakdown of key stats and best of all, it’s free! 

For those wanting to take their training to the next level, a premium upgrade will allow you to access training plans tailored to your ability and detailed insights on your progress. 

According to mental health charity LIVIN psychologist Luke Fostera good way to enlist self-care is through social support. 

“Sure there may be some restrictions placed on how much face-to-face contact you can have with people at the moment, but this does not mean that social support has to be ignored – social distancing is not social isolation,” he says. 

Luke suggests we pick up the phone and give our friends and family a call or use a video calling app. There are many ways we can get creative to keep our levels of social interaction up, so why not share running stories at a virtual pizza night with friends or gather the family together with a board game via video chat?  

Luke also suggests it’s more important than ever that we limit our screen time and news time. Being informed is important during a pandemic but avoid watching too much rolling news content to promote a positive mindset. 

Stick to the facts and rely on information provided by scientific sources to maintain true perspective and manage your feelings, he says. 

3. Get plenty of rest 

Make sure you are resting adequately.

With gyms closed and organised sports off the menu, it can be tempting to increase the amount of running you do to compensate. Whilst running is a great way to keep fit, get fresh air and can be done alone whilst practising social distancing, we need to be wary of overuse injuries. 

Exercise physiotherapist Brad Beer says the temptation to do more to get more is often intoxicating for runners and many runners are literally ‘addicted’ to the positive feelings that running produces.  

It’s common to experience withdrawal signs from not running due to not experiencing the hit of endorphins and other happy hormones such as serotonin. 

Brad recommends, “rest can be taken in the form of a complete rest day, a rest or recovery session or some easy weeks of a lighter training load.”

4. Eat well 

Nutrition is as important as ever.

Maintaining a routine with your diet is important whilst staying at home, especially when you’re within walking distance of the fridge and the opportunities to snack are more frequent than ever. The upside, however, is we have more time to prepare healthy, wholesome and nutrient-rich food.  

Southern Cross University nutrition expert Holly Muggleston advises we focus on three areas to keep on track: carbohydrate intake, protein for muscle development and hydration.  

Holly says, “if you’re opting for longer and more intense runs right now, you will require more carbohydraterich foods including wholegrains such as bread, cereal, rice and pastastarchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes and legumes; fruit; and dairy foods.  

Protein-containing foods are required to repair any muscle damage and to build muscle after training. Protein foods include meat, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes (tofu, lentils, chickpeas) and nuts. 

Lastly, as the weather cools down in the southern hemisphere, make sure you are drinking adequate fluidto avoid dehydration. If you’re replacing fluid with water, eat a snack or meal at the same time as this will also provide lost electrolytes. 

5. Stay strong 

The ASICS Studio fitness app provides workouts you can do from home.

No gym? No worries.  

If there’s one upside to COVID-19, it is that it’s letting our creative juices flow and teaching us to be more resourceful with what we have – do you see tins of beans in the pantry or dumbbells now? 

A well-rounded fitness programme must include variety and challenge different muscle groups – this can be trickier than ever right now. Never fear! The ASICS Studio fitness app gives you unlimited access to audio circuit workouts for strength training and cardio and is guaranteed to get your heart rate up. You can also choose workouts to target particular muscle groups or address weak points, and training programmes will track your weekly progress towards your goals.

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Event status:

Planning and entries for the 2020 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon have been suspended due to regulations in place regarding COVID-19. This suspension will be reviewed no later than 19 May 2020, or when a revised public health order provides us with certainty of the future of this year’s event. Until then, we wish all our participants and supporters good physical and mental health during this challenging time.

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