Running is great for recovery – it will help you get fit, fend off stress, improve sleep and form friendships with other runners.
Starting a new running habit doesn’t have to be daunting – all that’s required is some well-fitted sneakers and a willingness to get moving. These strategies will help keep you safe and self-confident along the way.
- Talk to you doctor. Prior to beginning a running routine it’s important to get medical clearance. This is especially crucial if you’re overweight, have a history of diabetes or high blood pressure or if you’ve been sedentary for over a year.
- Take it slow. The motto “slow and steady wins the race” is a good one to follow when beginning to run. Along the same lines, it’s essential to listen to your body. Pushing yourself too hard or too quickly can lead to burnout and injuries.
- Try the run-walk method. The point of this technique is not to walk when you’re tired but to take brief walk breaks when you’re not. Try a few walking/running ratios to see what works for you. For example: run 10 to 30 seconds, then walk one to two minutes and repeat for the duration of your run.
- Recruit a running buddy. Whether you pair up with a friend or join a local running club, exercising with another person will help keep you motivated and accountable.
- Track your progress. Keep an exercise journal and jot down duration or miles or however you’d like to measure your hard work. And don’t forget to celebrate any reached fitness goals.
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