Get faster and fit­ter

Women's Health (UK) - - BEST BODY -

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.

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