What can I do to add intensity to my workout?
Time your workouts! Bring a stop watch and move. Huff and puff until it’s over. You will be shocked to see what you can do, and how fast you can get it done. You could also add load: Walk with weights, lunge with weights, step up with weights. It will not only challenge your workout, but it will remind you never to put that weight on your body.
How can one protect against overuse injuries?
Endurance training can take a toll on your body. Taking a step back from all the pounding and adding strength training and flexibility into your routine will complement your sport in every way. Sretching prevents the shortening of muscles and connective tissue during the recovery process which could contribute to overuse injuries.
So mix it up, work hard and nurture those bodies. It’s healthy and super fun!