Want to improve your running performance for the upcoming Mai Dubai City Half Marathon? Multiple studies suggest that exercising can help you run better and faster rather than just spending more time running. Here are the best exercises to help you prepare for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon.
If you want to get your blood flowing, start with a whole-body dynamic warm-up. Walkout exercise will help stretch out your lower body such as the hamstrings, calves, glutes, and lower back. This exercise will make your muscles feel good before moving forward to other exercises. You can also do this before the start of the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon race to help prepare for the race!
Increase your body temperature and heart rate by trying the Toy Soldier exercise. This is a great exercise to warm up your hamstrings, quadriceps and glutes. This also warms up the backup of your upper legs which is crucial in running.
Barbell squats is a multi-joint exercise that builds body strength especially in your legs which affect your overall running performance. When your leg muscles are stronger, you’re less likely to get an injury. This is also an incredible exercise to prepare and strengthen your core for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon.
To increase core stability and build strength in your chest, try doing some press-ups. This exercise is also effective in improving your mobility through the shoulder joints. By working on your upper body, you’ll be able to run more efficiently during the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon.
Lunges have multiple benefits when it comes to running. It activates your muscles to develop balance and coordination by working on your spine and core. Lunges also provide deep stretch for the hip flexor muscles.
We know that running in Dubai can be very hard due to the hot weather. This is why we suggest trying other cardio exercises besides running to help you prepare for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon.
Jumping rope is a great running alternative if you still want to do cardio exercise. Research claims that a 10-minute rope-skipping workout is just as effective as a 30-minute jogging regimen. If you went to the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon, you might have noticed that
Another running alternative is indoor cycling. Cycling develops stamina and endurance without damaging your leg muscles. It’s a great low impact cardio workout that can help improve your running performance during the half marathon race.
If you really don’t feel like running. Then we suggest sticking with brisk walking. There are a lot of places in Dubai where you can enjoy brisk walking. You can also read our blog on the best running tracks in Dubai to see where runners are also welcome to do brisk walking.
Does stretching improve half marathon performance? Yes. Just like warm-ups, post stretches are just as important. Post stretches help your body remove any excess lactic acid out of your muscles to avoid soreness. One of the best cool-down stretches for runners is the child’s pose as it gently stretches your whole body to release any tension.
Try to be consistent with your workout routine and you’ll be able to improve your running performance soon! The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon will be back this coming 30th of October 2022! Register now to get 15% off discount on your ticket.
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