7 Tips to Help You Start Running
Running has so many benefits. Stronger muscles, aiding weight loss, stress relief, increased happiness, and even reducing the risk of certain health issues.
Keep it Short
Don't be overambitious when you first start out. It will only encourage you to quit faster. Keep your run within 20-30 minutes (you'll be surprised at how long it feels!) when you first start out until your body can adapt to the demands of running, then you can gradually increase your time.
Focus on Minutes, Not Miles
As you become stronger, your pace will naturally increase. You will start covering more ground in less time.
Instead of going by a number or time, go by effort. The right pace for someone else isn't necessarily the right pace for you. If you don't pace yourself your run will end sooner and you will exhaust your body more quickly. Intervals are fine, but don't overdo it.
Don't Be Afraid to Go Outside
As long as conditions aren't icy or dangerous, running outside is best for your body and legs. Your running form and stride can often change on a treadmill, which could cause for injury. Running outside activates more muscles involvement than a treadmill.
Hydrate BEFORE You Run
Just one cramp can be enough to kill your momentum and motivation. Cramps are often a sign of dehydration.
Stretch AFTER You Run
Stretching cold muscles before you run could actually cause damage. Focus on stretching after to avoid soreness and stress on your muscles.
Give It A Rest
Don't run more than your body can handle now that you're hooked. Rest is necessary for your muscles to rebuild and adapt. New runners should not run more than 3-4 consecutive days in a row.