Get faster and fitter
Picking up your run pace comes with huge benefits. One: it helps develop your fast-twitch muscle fibres, which boosts the power you can generate. Two: research shows that speed-training has a special knack for melting fat off mid-sections, with fat-burning effects lasting all day. And three: a faster run can cut the stress on your joints by up to 80%. How? ‘You automatically take shorter steps, so there’s less impact,’ says physiotherapist Andy Curtis. Just one speed-focused sesh per week is all it takes. So get a move on.