We’ve all heard how running is so beneficial to weight-loss and health in general. It's the perfect Momma Told Me example of a chore where the benefits it reaps are so much greater than the effort in the sowing. Unfortunately, running often feels nearly impossible at first; thankfully the body quickly adjusts to meet the demands of running through simple conditioning. Muscles may feel sore the next day after your first run; however, by the second run, the body has already began to adjust. s a life long couch addict, if I can do it- so can you. You don't have to be doing record times or even 10ks to feel the benefits of running. Here are some of my best tips to get you started down the right path.
It’s best to start out slow. Day by day, lengthen the duration of a run and shorten the direction of walking. Begin by running a minute and walking a couple of minutes; continue this pattern until you can keep your target heart rate while jogging a constant 5 minute period. I began training to run on a treadmill recently at the gym and have had great sucess with this technique. Alternate between this method of running and walking several times over several days and you will surely see improvement. And don't forget- always warm up first by taking a walk and stretching the muscles before any intense activity.
Wear comfortable shoes while running. It’s a good idea to shop for shoes that are either half a size to a full size larger than what’s normally worn. The feet expand while running and walking, and various athletic socks can alter the fit of your shoes significantly. Choose shoes that are flexible in the sole; flexible shoes will conform to the foot’s movements and will provide beneficial shock absorption. Shock absorption is crucial to making your training pain-free. Wearing the wrong shoes will result in pain in the ankles, heels, knees and arches and be a big discouragement to your progress and motivation.
Endurance will build after time. The key is to keep on running. Be patient, and don’t push it too soon and set goals for yourself such as small 5k fun runs or short 3k beginners events. Surround yourself with a support group at a similar level and you will surely be stringing up those race bibs and trophies in no time! I once thought I could never be a jogger, let alone a runner, but just a short amount of time has quickly proven me wrong! Do you run or jog for exercise? For sport? For fun?
What Daughter Says: Running isn't for everyone, but nearly everyone can run if they just get out there and get moving!