Running for Beginners

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Get in Shape with Running!

It’s never too late to start thinking and doing more to be healthy and in shape. One of the great things that you can do for your body and mind is running. And probably one of the least expensive too.

While gym, and home equipment can get pricey, running is better for you and you only need to get dressed, have good running shoes and get outside.

But while running is great exercise and an effective way to tone muscles, it can be daunting to take the first step. Follow these steps to make running less intimidating.

Try the walk-run training method: The biggest misconception about running is that you need to run continuously from start to finish. Instead of running full-out and getting discouraged, include some walks in your run.

Keep track of your running: Record the basic information about your runs: distance, time, type of workout, and how you felt during and afterward. If you’re looking to lose weight, you can also note your progress. It’s extremely motivating to see the increase in mileage and decrease in time as you go on.

Make a plan and set some goals: One of the best ways to keep motivated is to set attainable goals for yourself. Your goals can be to run 4 times a week, or you can sign up to run a marathon. Start with the smaller goals, and each time you meet them set a bigger one for the next one.

Not every run will be perfect: If things don’t go exactly as planned, don’t get discouraged. Even the best runners have bad runs! Reflect on what you learned from the experience and ask yourself what you can do differently. Maybe you started too quickly, or didn’t eat properly before your run. Go out next time stronger and more confident in your abilities.

Always listen to your body: Running is hard on your body. You’re bound to feel tired and sore after a run, which is normal to an extent. Listen to your body when your pain is beyond normal, and take it easy.

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