Running is one of the best exercises for your whole body. It is also considered to be one of the easiest and cheapest. All you need is a good pair of runners and within minutes of pounding the trail or pavement, you will be feeling the benefits of running. Even though we might have bought all of the ideal gear for running, it is hard to get motivated and get past our front door. In this article, we will see expert advice on how to start running and stick to it.
When you start running, there are many unforeseen occurrences that could discourage you from running at least three times a week. This article will prepare you for the unknown, so nothing will stop you from meeting your running goals.
Before you start running, you will need to buy a few items such as: high-quality running shoes, socks and a running outfit that is ideal for your environment where you live. If you are a woman, you will need to invest in a good sports bra that will provide the support needed for running or jogging.
The most expensive item is of course the shoes. Take the time to investigate online which is the best shoe for the type of terrain you will be running on, also if you are slightly overweight you can find shoes that offer extra cushioning to make it less painful on your knees. When choosing a running outfit, make sure it is suitable for your climate and most importantly, chafe-free, so it won’t be clinging to your body.
One of the biggest mistakes new runners make is setting their expectations too high. For example, some will say “I will be running a marathon by the end of the month.” That type of thinking sabotages everything, because we will be discouraged right away, since we will see that we cannot reach our goal as fast as we wished. This will lead to the new runner putting his brand-new runners into the back of the closet.
The key to making running part of your lifestyle is making small, short-term goals, maybe the marathon can still be your goal but as a long-term goal. Maybe for the first week, make the goal to run a certain distance like half a mile each time, and then slowly increase the distance and intensity.
Another common reason many new runners stop running is because they injure themselves within the first two weeks of starting a running routine. Why? Maybe they pushed themselves past the point their body could handle or they didn’t take the time to stretch before and after their workout.
When we start running, the rule of thumb is always to stop before we feel tired or exhausted. If we push our body, it will make us pay for it. So even if we feel we can push ourselves another mile, stop and rest.
If you haven’t exercised in years, it is fine to walk it out or run in small intervals until you get your endurance level higher. The important thing is to get active and stay active.
The first few weeks are tough; you will have aches and pains in places that you never imagined. Your old sedentary lifestyle will be calling out to you to stay and take it easy, but don’t give in. You will see that all of the time and effort will begin to pay off.
You will see week after week how you are improving and soon you will feel the amazing “runner’s high” that will make all of your sacrifice feel worthwhile.