Running is one of the best ways to get fit and feel great, but what if the most exercise you’ve done recently is walking to the kitchen for a snack? The good news is, if you can walk – you can run. You’ve probably heard it said that when you stop exercising, your fitness levels plummet rapidly. The flip side of that is, when you start, you will feel fitter and more fabulous very quickly! Here’s our handy running guide for newbies on how to get started.
Take care of any health issues before you start by visiting your doctor for a comprehensive check-up. If anything comes up, take action to get it sorted before you begin your new running regime. Consider prp for arthritis pain; a healthy eating plan if you’re a little heavier than you’d like; and supplements like Omega 3 to help yourself feel mentally ready to run.
Get kitted out with a pair of great running shoes and suitable clothing. Don’t try to save money on your running shoes, as they’re essential for protecting your knees and hip joints. Ask other runners for recommendations; and try them on before you buy to ensure that they are comfortable and a good fit. You can wear whatever you feel comfortable in, but breathable fabrics will help you to keep your cool and run faster and better. A good sports bra is crucial to help you feel relaxed while you run; so get measured and choose carefully.
Create a warm up and down routine; this is essential to ensure that you don’t injure yourself. Do your research to find out the best ways to prepare your body for a workout, and allocate time for warming down once you’ve finished. If you don’t do this, you’ll probably end up in agony and have to forgo your running plans for days until you recover from the shock your body has had to endure.
Don’t do too much. This is a very common mistake with newbie runners. You’re all fired up with enthusiasm, and you want to smash it from day one. Running too far for too long at the start can make you feel very ill, and you might even be sick during your run. Also, if you go crazy on your first try, you’ll be too exhausted to do anymore anytime soon. Take it nice and easy, to begin with by alternating running and walking every few minutes – this will make it much more doable and enjoyable!
Eat well to provide your body with all the energy it needs for your workout. Those low carb plans might help you to lose a bit of weight, but they aren’t your friend when it comes to running. Carbohydrates are essential to fuel your run, so make sure you get some into your diet. Find out about the best foods to help you recover so that you’re ready for the next session.
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The hardest part about starting a running regime is putting your trainers on and getting out the door – once you’ve done that, you’ll start to feel better, and you can look forward to that amazing runner’s high: the ultimate way to feel fantastic!
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.