5 Tips to Stay in Shape During #COVID19 Times

Taken by my nephew at the Punggol Waterway, Singapore in December 2019

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought fear and uncertainty to people all over the world. Here in the Philippines, the national government imposed a Luzon-wide enhanced quarantine (including Metro Manila) to prevent the spread of the virus. As a result, many running enthusiasts can’t enjoy running outdoors because of the lockdown.

Being safe at home is our priority. But our cardio training is compromised since gyms are closed and not everyone owns a treadmill at home. Here are a few tips to maintain an optimum running shape while on lockdown. Hope this helps!

ALTERNATIVES TO RUNNING

You have multiple alternatives to running such as skipping ropes, jumping jacks, high knee taps, burpees, and jump squats that keep your heart pumping and enjoying the routine. At least 10 minutes of cardio each day except on a rest day will be more than enough.

INDOOR CYCLING

All you need are a bicycle, a bike rack, and cycling simulator apps like RGT Cycling and Zwift. Indoor cycling is one of the best and most grueling alternatives to running. It burns calories faster and is easier on your knees than running. You can also switch up your workout by changing speed, intensity, and stance.

CROSS-TRAINING

You can mix it up with other programs like bodyweight training, five-gallon container squats, and even shadowboxing. I started incorporating the prisoner’s workout program by Coss Marte early today and I felt sore while I’m writing this.

DANCING

Zumba and hip-hop dancing can be a good form of cardio and core workout. It promotes flexibility and loosens up our muscles particularly the abs, glutes, and lower back. Dancing is a full-body workout. Also, if you love using TikTok and Kumu, this one is for you!

YOGA

Yoga strengthens both the key supporting muscles used in running and the underused muscles. The movement on the mat develops strength in the core, quads, hamstrings, and hip flexors which will help runners stay injury-free. One hour of yoga per day helps is beneficial in relaxing the body, mind, and soul. Mindfulness meditation, on the other hand, helps to alleviate anxiety. Please check out guided meditation by Imee Contreras live on the Awaken Global Meditation Facebook page. Besides, good mental health is really important during tumultuous times.

Before I wrap this up, please visit all the resources and watch the following links:

Coss Marte’s 5 Prison Cell Workout

You can also check out other clips by adidas Runtastic and adidas Runners Manila:

adidas Runtastic: 10 Exercises to Become a Better Runner

adidas Runners Manila: Strength & Conditioning

adidas Runners Manila: Tempo

As always, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and stay indoors! The virus will die down but not our spirits. Let’s punch COVID-19 out!

adidas FOCUSBREATHIN Run: Run to Reconnect

Taal Volcano explosion, bushfire in Australia, the worsening traffic of Metro Manila due to the construction of MRT7 and Skyway Stage 3, and the Coronavirus outbreak are three of the most stressful events in January.

People wanted to start the month of February by refocusing, reconnecting to nature, and moving forward. As a solution, adidas Runners Manila organized an event to reconnect with nature and experience the benefits of mindful outdoor running.

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Five Ways to Get Back in Running Shape After the Holidays

“There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps.”
— Peter A. Cohen (American investment banker)

Many of us here are struggling to get back in shape after the holidays, including yours truly. Some of us are still enjoying our respective off-season break after participating in grueling races such as the Singapore Marathon last November 30, the Cebu Marathon on January 12, and the Milo Marathon National Finals on January 19. As a result, we become guilty of procrastinating and overeating until we become out of shape.

Shredding the excess baggage until we become in great shape again is impossible in a short period. It takes a lot of patience, dedication, and consistency before we achieve our desired goals.

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Singapore Marathon 2019: In the Heat of the Night

The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM), usually held every first Sunday morning of December, had its first ever night run this year. So was it better? Read to find out.

Considered as one of the most prestigious races in Asia, it has a Gold Race certification by the World Athletics (formerly IAAF) and is also bidding to become part of the World Marathon Majors by 2021.

Aside from the marathon last Saturday, November 30, other categories that transpired during the weekend included the kids’ dash, the half marathon, Toyota Ekiden, wheelchair elite marathon, and the 10k category.

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Running Shoe Review: New Balance 860V9

I have been a New Balance customer for ten years. It all started from the discounted pair I bought when I started running, which was a funky gold pair of New Balance 749. I tried a couple of direct competitors in between but I had to size up to fit my overpronating duck-wide feet. Those pairs didn’t last either. So, I kept on coming back to New Balance and never looked back.

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Chicago Marathon 2017: My World Major Debut

THE CHICAGO MARATHON, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary, is one of the six prestigious World Major Marathons. Many recreational runners, including yours truly, had the impression that only elite international athletes can join because of the qualification time, unless if we have huge money to donate to their charity partners for us to join the race.

I understand that many Filipino runners are quite hesitant to join because it’s too expensive. My advice to all my fellow recreational runners who also have the zest of traveling: WHY DON’T YOU GUYS GIVE IT A SHOT? Join the lottery a year before the marathon and let’s see how it goes if we get picked or not.

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Pinoy Fitness SUB1 10K Run: Birthday Run

sub1 2017

The last time joined a 10k race was at the Adidas King of the Road on July 7, 2013. I achieved a personal record of 57 minutes. I thought that my PR will never be broken because of age and the fear of injuring my left knee again. After finishing two marathons from 2015 to 2016, I decided to join a race where I test my speed for the first time after four long years.

Last February, I signed up at Pinoy Fitness Sub1 10K Run which was held on March 26 as a birthday gift for myself. For the benefit of those new to the running community, Sub1 10K Run is NOT A FUN RUN!

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TBR Dream Marathon 2015: A Retrospective

Today, I am looking back to one of the finest days of my life. Who would have thought that I can finish my first marathon after having a pretty serious knee injury eight months prior?

I was originally part of the TBR Dream Marathon 2014 participants. I was in pretty good shape and training for both marathon and another corporate seven-a-side football league at the same time. However, I had to withdraw just 11 days before the race day because my father was seriously ill. I took a three-week leave of absence from work and training to take care of him. A few of my colleagues who also runs kept on insisting me to let one of them run the marathon on my behalf. I rejected their request simply because I am against bib switching.

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Osaka Marathon 2016: My International Debut

OSAKA MARATHON is one of the hottest marathons in Japan today. Its theme called “Making a Rainbow Together” featured seven charity themes based on the rainbow colors, including green for a clean environment and navy blue for children’s future. The 2016 edition happened last October 30th.

Back in May, my friend and fellow 2015 TBR Dream Marathon finisher Arlene Cao kept on encouraging me to join. She knew that I wanted to join marathons overseas at all costs. Heavy workload has been an obstacle for me to join races even just outside Metro Manila. So, I signed up and got accepted. There’s no looking back.

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