Sadly, as people grow older, as we are more circumspect in our activities, we also stop to run. In a few cultures, running is still considered a major no-no for grownups to do. There is no magic formula for running or jogging, and the benefits are great. Do you want to recapture the enjoyment of running? Below are a few tips about how to start running for beginners:
1. Go to your doctor
If you have been sedentary for sometimes and are unsure about the state of your health, a visit to the doctor may be called for. You need a physical checkup and you must tell your doctor that you’re thinking of starting running.
The doctor will most likely encourage your interest in exercise is always good. He or she might also have valuable advice and precautions for you, so take heed.
2. Gear up
Running does not require expensive machines or equipment unless all you want to do is run on a treadmill. That’s fine of course but before plunking down money right off the bat you may want to give outdoors running a try first.
There’s no substitute for the wind, the smell of nature, the changing scenario when you’re running outdoors unless you live in a place that doesn’t have much outdoors appeal in which case you can try it out in a gym.
Running can be hard on your feet especially when you run on hard surfaces like concrete or pavement. Shoes that are specially made for runners are constructed to absorb the shocks from the impact of feet hitting the ground and to provide you the necessary support to the feet, legs, and body.
So find one that’s suitable for you. In some places, there were specialty shops where you can consult with professionals on the shoe style and size that’s perfect for you. There are no special clothing requirements for runners. You must have seen runners on the streets, on TV, in the gym; you know that comfort beats all.
Wear clothing that allows you freedom of movement, let your skin breathe, and provides adequate protection against the Sun. If you must have your music, then you probably already have a portable music player; by all means, strap it on and hit play.
3. Get going
At the start, take it easy. There were many running programs available online for beginners. But the common practice is, start by fast walking, especially if you have been inactive for several years.
It is important to avoid injuries so do not strain yourself. Walk fast, don’t stroll – you’re not out to get some fresh air after a particularly heavy dinner.
You want to exercise, sweat, burn calories, and get an endorphin rush. Walk faster than you normally do.
Always be aware of how you’re feeling and be careful that you don’t run out of breath. Depending on your physical condition you should walk faster, farther, and longer every day.
4. Go for goal
Your goal may be to lose weight, feel good through exercise, and follow doctor’s advice. In addition, have specific goals for your running. You may aim to run 30 minutes every day or four times a week.
Always keep this goal in mind and don’t slack up. Have a regular schedule and stick to it. The first times are always the hardest but the more you do it, the more habit it becomes, and it will get easier.
Running is exhilarating and exciting. Some days doing it may feel like drudgery, but once you start moving the sheer fun of it will keep you moving forward.