People today live active lives,and speed and convenience are paramount in things we look for everyday. This includes exercise. While you can pay for a gym membership or hire a personal trainer, running is one of the easiest—and cheapest—ways to stay in shape.
You can run anywhere, anytime, and there’s no need to pay a membership to run in public. Running is not only excellent for cardiovascular conditioning but also to keep your muscles toned and loose. If you’ve ever considered running but don’t know exactly how to start, here are a few tips to get you moving.
Invest in your running shoes. A good pair will set you back $80-$100, but will also protect your feet once you hit the road. If you have one, step inside your local, independent running stores. These small stores actually have staff more knowledgeable in running compared to the big box retailers. Some stores even offer gait recognition to help you pick the right pair of shoes.
Your shoes have to be comfortable. Ultimately, you are going to be the person in those shoes. You don’t want the experience to be unbearable.
Also, invest in running clothes. Pick clothes that have technical fabrics: light, almost airy materials that allow your skin to breathe and repel sweat. Whatever happens, avoid 100% cotton as it retains moisture (see: sweat) and causes chafing and irritation.
Adequate stretching is required before starting any exercise – running included. Be sure to stretch out your thighs, legs and ankles properly. Do not neglect your upper body either. This will help avoid serious injury and pain down the road.
Pick Your Pace
When starting out, slow and steady is the way to go. Do not overexert yourself and stick to a pace you’re comfortable with. To find out what speed is suitable for you, try doing a “talk” test. Run and keep a pace wherein you are able to maintain a conversation without running out of breath but not too slow that you can start doing karaoke.
Maintain the pace for the first week of running and gradually increase your distance in the coming weeks. Start with 3 kilometers; then move up to 5 after a few weeks and so on. This will ensure that your body does not get used to the distance and continues burning fat.
Stick to Your Plan
Conditioning is as crucial as ever in running. Once you start your running routine, be sure to stick to your schedule. Regular running is the key to effective running. Taking a few days off will relax your muscles, making it more difficult to get back on the track.
Joining a running group or simply running with a friend helps you stick to the routine. It engages you in both social and physical levels.
These are just a few of the reminders we offer. There are much more out there,but hopefully, these things show you how easy it is to start and encourage you to hit the ground running.