How to: Start Running



Be it for pleasure, for fitness or maybe for future victories, let it be the motivation to ignite the start of your running story.

You may feel well and healthy but it pays to visit your doctor before doing any run or a pace that is faster than walking.

Once your doctor gives you the approval that you are fit to run, search for nearby places where you can do brisk walking or jogging. You can run on parks, sports arenas, or school tracks. If you prefer public road sidewalks, be sure to stay on the side facing the traffic.

Early mornings are great time for newbie runners as the mind is clear and the body is energized from last night’s sleep.

It is advisable to wear sports outfit made from dri-fit materials to minimize
excessive sweating and to keep a normal body temperature. For female runners, it’s preferable to wear a sports bra which offers full bust support.

Wear shoes fit for running. This doesn’t mean getting an expensive pair. Just get a pair of running shoes that offers ample support and traction for light running. It is recommended to buy a pair that is an inch larger than your shoe size because the feet tend to swell when subjected to rigorous movements.

Bring a friend with you on your first few running trips. You can eventually run alone when you are more familiar with the place.

Start by doing some warm-up exercises. You can do some jumping jacks until you feel your temperature getting higher. Then go for a 1-mile brisk walk for a fifteen minutes. Do this without feeling any discomfort in your body or your breathing. Increase your distance to half a mile every 15 minutes.

Getting there step by step
After brisk walking for an hour without feeling nauseous or any chest pains, let your body recover for five minutes and then start jogging. See if you can steadily keep this faster pace in another hour.

For your next running session, start with brisk walking for a minute and then continue to run slowly. When it becomes a bit uncomfortable to keep this pace, go back to brisk walking but control your legs to keep moving. Repeat the fast walk and slow run routine until your body learns to run more and walk less.

The body will ache in some parts after a few runs since the added movement will cause the muscles to tighten a bit. For starters, you can go for a run every other day or when you feel you are fully recovered. Just keep a positive outlook and see each day as an opportunity to cover more distance.

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