A Beginner's Guide To Athletics
A Beginners Guide to Athletics
Athletics comprises a number of sports that involve running, walking, jumping and throwing. They originate from the Ancient Olympic Games in 776 BC and today involve a myriad of disciplines from distance running, hammer throwing, high jump, long jump, javelin and shot put to name a few. All you need to do is decide which one suits your physical and capabilities best.
The best way to get started in athletics is to join a club which has a qualified coach. This will give you access to training areas, specialised facilities and equipment required for track and field events. Joining a club provides an affordable way to train and be coached in one or more athletics events. There are suitable clubs all over the U.K. which are more than welcoming to beginners in the sport, after all they are all keen to discover, train and nurture any potential talent.
The training and nutrition required will depend on the discipline you choose, or you may decide to train in multiple disciplines. If you are serious about improving your performance, training requires a high level of commitment, focus and strength - both physical and mental. You will also find that a training regime involves many aspects of physical training, not just practice at your discipline, for example you may be a runner but strength training, core strength conditioning and flexibility training will be an integral part of your regime. Many aspects of fitness go into creating a talented athlete. A lot of athletic disciplines require explosive power and training will include ballistics, for example using medicine balls, kettle bells and jump squats, plyometrics which trains muscle to reach maximum force in the shortest possible time. It is particularly suited to conditioning the body for jumping and throwing events.
Any training requires knowledge and practice of good and safe techniques. Listen to your body and do not train if you are injured, likewise protect it from injury with judicious warming up, cooling down and stretching. A lot of athletic disciplines use potentially dangerous equipment, for example the javelin, the hammer or any throwing events. For this reason good technique should always be learned from a qualified coach.
Other things to consider are the correct clothing and a balanced diet. The clothing you wear can affect your performance. It should allow for a comfortable range of movement that is required for your sport and feel comfortable and unobtrusive such as that supplied by Volcom UK. Your diet should be suitable for a body which is undergoing intensive training. This may mean you need to increase your intake of certain foods, for example protein and even carbohydrates as you will be expending much more energy than normal. You may also benefit from taking supplements. A good coach will be knowledgeable on nutrition needs for training and in competition.