How-to: start running
Starting any exercise program can be difficult – it’s hard to know where to start and what to do, particularly if you haven’t had any previous experience – and running is no different. If you’re planning on starting a running routine to get fit or you’ve set a goal to complete a fun run, try these simple running tips to help you get started on your jogging journey…
Check out running clubs in your area
Almost every area has its own running clubs and associations, so hop online and find out where yours are. Running clubs are generally very cheap, if not free and they’re a great way to get motivated by surrounding yourself with likeminded people who will be facing the same challenges as you are.
Invest in a great pair of runners
Go to a running shoe store (such as Athletes Foot) and get properly fitted for some running shoes. The right set of shoes can really motivate you and they’ll actually make running feel easier! A good set of running shoes will have gel in the soles to create a feeling of cushioning each time you place your foot – you’ll feel really springy and lively once you get going in them too! Apart from the great feeling they’ll give you, it’s important to spend a bit of money buying proper runners to prevent injury. Running in sandshoes or cross trainers can lead to rolling of the foot, jarring of the foot, ankle pain and shin splits, so don’t take the risk.
The best way to begin a running program is with (pardon the pun) small steps. Don’t start off trying to run 5 kilometres – instead, run for one minute then walk for a minute to rest and repeat for twenty minutes. Aim to slowly work your way up to 45 minutes of continuous jogging by lengthening your sessions by an extra five minutes each time you train and incorporating less and less walking breaks.
It’s easy to give up if you don’t have something to work towards, so make your effort worthwhile by giving yourself a realistic goal and a time limit in which to achieve it. A great goal to start off with is to complete a 5km fun run, allowing yourself 6 weeks of training to prepare. Physically signing up for an event will make you feel committed to see it through and give you that extra motivation to get out of bed and go for a training session when the alarm goes off.
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