Come in January and the congestion on our country road is horrible - there's nowhere to go let alone speed up.
And it's not the cars that are to blame, but the joggers… everywhere you look there are men and women blocking the roads in an attempt to get in shape.
They normally leave their front doors on January 1st blinking against the shock of sunlight after being locked in front of the TV for two weeks. The last sausage roll crumb still clings to their upper lip, and they're wired with enough electronic gadgets to take them to the moon - let alone around the block.
The dress is either a dirty tracksuit found in a gym bag from the previous January or designer Nike from head to toe (this was purchased as a Christmas present because not everyone would waste their money knowing that it will be worn as often as possible). the recipient's tuxedo).
According to research, 'getting in shape' tops the New Year's resolution issues, followed closely by 'losing weight' and 'quitting smoking' with 'spending more time. with family and friends '' lagging behind.
But unfortunately, the average time a person sticks to these resolutions is 17 days.
It seems silly that most gyms offer "two weeks free membership" at the start of each new year. It's clearly about attracting new hires and convincing them of the joy of running for hours on the treadmill in front of SKY News - all for a few pounds a week.
In fact, statistics show that more than half of those rookies make their two weeks free and then run away in the comfort of their chairs faster than you can tell by direct debit.
Of the rest, a small percentage struggle, but as each month passes their use decreases. As a member of a private fitness club told me, "I found out that I was only going to swim once a month, which cost around £ 30 per length!"
Psychology expert Dr David Hardman of London Metropolitan University says people need to be realistic about what they can accomplish and take their time.
“People think that paying a lot of money to join a gym will force them to go,” he says.
"Yet, for the most part in the long run, that ultimately isn't the case - a few months later and you've forgotten the money still coming out of your account."
Cliff Arnalls of Cardiff University who last year scientifically determined that January 24e was the most depressing day on the calendar, said people had better wait until February before hitting a gym.
"Anecdotal evidence shows February 1 would be a much better date to start going to the gym - because you are doing it for yourself rather than for social pressure."
The tradition of New Year's resolutions actually dates back to 153 BC. when Janus, the mythical king of early Rome, was placed at the head of the calendar.
With two faces, he could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol of Resolutions, and many Romans sought forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the start of each new year.
It's not clear how and when the ancient Kings of Lycra and Velcro took the throne and demanded that we all take their mythical properties. But they certainly have a dedicated suite. And not just on highways, roads and in gyms, but also in the privacy of our homes.
We are now uploading, streaming and searching for more health and fitness information than ever before, one megabyte at a time. Arrive on January 1, and social media is teeming with ample photographs of individuals rushing into icy seawater for that 'invigorating New Years dip' or green produce blitz items in that 'New Years smoothie. An ''
It is astounding how much we all spend on the search for the 'gorgeous body' - literally tens of thousands of pounds in January in the UK alone (the equivalent of at least three million family packets of Hob Nobs chocolate).
But here's one way these extra expenses can be budgeted for - instead of having a Christmas party, delay it until January. You can guarantee that at least half of your guests will be jogging at the party, thus looking a lot worse than you, saving the pressure of buying a new outfit. The drink should be limited to tap water and the odd bottle of diet coke (caffeine free, as most will have given up on that, too). And like the buffet, a few plates of fresh air and the weird stick of organic celery should do it.
Best of all, they won't need to shell out for a nightclub as most of the guests will be too exhausted and malnourished to even get up let alone dance!
So JogOn's message is why not keep it simple and go jogging. Better yet, combine going from the sofa to 3 miles while donating to charity. If you are in the Berkhamsted region, come and join our Hospice Couch at 5k or one of our other courses. Committing to a 10 week class isn't a longer term commitment, like a gym, and running in a group definitely helps you get out when there are times when you really don't want to. .
Whatever you like, mix it up, set up a date with a friend, set your goals. With running, mix up the terrains and distances you run, set a time, distance, or organized run as your goal. Jog On supports one of the goals of parkrun, which is that running is to bring people together with a visit to a positively encouraged local cafe after a run (not the cake if you gave it up as one of the your New Year's resolutions)!
At your visit, share your running plan and goals with your doctor and have him/her assess your plan and any potential health issues. If you have had any previous injuries or issues, make sure your doctor is aware of them, and ask if he or she has any suggestions on how to prevent a recurrence.
Visit a specialty course store to get professionnel advice on buying the right course shoes. An spécialiste at the store will look at your feet, watch you run, and make recommendations based on your foot type and running style. If you already have running shoes that you like, but you’ve had them for a while, you may still need to get new ones. Running in worn-out running shoes can also lead to injury. You should replace them every 300 to 400 miles.
Beyond course shoes, you don’t need much more than some comfortable exercise clothes to get started. If you’re course outdoors, make sure you follow some basic tips for how to dress for hot weather course and cold weather running, so you stay safe and comfortable.
As your résistance improves and you start running longer, you may want to invest in some technical fabric course clothes and other basic course gear, such as a running belt, good course socks, and a running hat. Some runners also like to have a course watch to track their times and mètres.
Before you get started with course, get familiar with how to do the run/walk method. Most beginner runners start out using a run/walk technique because they don’t have the endurance or sport to run for extended periods of time. The run/walk method involves course for a bermuda segment and then taking a walk break. As you continue with a run/walk program, the goal is to extend the amount of time you’re course and reduce your walking time. Of course, some runners find walk breaks to be so beneficial that they continue taking them even as their résistance and fitness improves.
Before you start any course workout, though, you need to make sure you warm up properly. A good warm-up signals to your body that it will have to start sérieux soon. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run. Start your runs with a brisk walk, followed by very easy jogging for a few minutes. You can also do some warm-up exercises. Always end your workout with a slow five-minute jog or walk to cool down. The cool-down allows your heart rate and blood pressure to fall gradually.
Use your breathing as your guide when course. You should be able to carry on a conversation while running, and your breathing shouldn’t be heavy. Don’t worry about your pace per mile—if you can pass the ' talk test ' and speak in complete sentences without gasping for air, then you’re moving at the right speed.
Make sure you’re breathing in through your nose and mouth, and breathing out through your mouth. Proper breathing and taking deep belly breaths will help you avoid annoying side stitches, or cramps in the abdomen area.
Drink water at the end of your workouts to rehydrate. If it’s hot and humid, you should also drink some water ( about four to six ounces ) halfway through your workouts.
Post-run is a great time to stretch and work on improving your flexibility because your groupes de muscles will be warmed up. It’s also a relaxing way to end a workout. Try some of these stretches that target particular areas that frequently get tight during and after running.