This handy trick will make your runs feel easier (Picture:Getty)
The days are getting brighter and longer, which means that early morning and late night runs will soon be back on the cards again.
Running has soared in popularity since lockdown hit last March, mainly as an excuse to get out the house, but also for its many physical and mental benefits.
The vitamin D boost instantly makes us feel better, plus the fresh air does wonders for our lungs – not to mention the activity helps with cardio fitness and endurance.
But whether you’re a beginner or a long-time runner, it can sometimes be difficult to motivate yourself to keep it up, especially if you’re falling behind on targets.
That’s where a new TikTok running hack comes into play, with a clever method to help tick off those kilometres.
In the video, personal trainer Anthony Crouchelli explains that you can sync your steps per minute to your music, by selecting songs based on their beats per minute (BPM).
Your fitness tracker or running app should show your steps per minute (your cadence) and, handily, platforms like Spotify already have playlists organised by BPM, so you can find tracks that match your strike and queue them up.
This means you can set and maintain your pace to the beat of the music.
You can also use BPM to play with the speed of your runs – so if you want to practice sprinting or improve your time, simply select a playlist with higher BPM. If you want to take a more leisurely jog, then go for songs with less.
It’s also a great way to keep your running consistent, to ensure you’re not overdoing it by running harder than intended and causing injury.
Of course, if you’re looking for more ways to run faster, it’s important to mix things up and not do the same route every time and to also prioritise strength training.
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