Running is, undoubtedly, one of the most effective and powerful forms of exercise if you are attempting to lose weight and improve your cardiovascular health. In addition, it can prevent stress from affecting your day-to-day health, add years to your life, as well as elasticity to your skin (wrinkle prevention). By doing it for as little as 15 minutes every other day, you can also significantly boost the strength of your immune system and improve your lung function.
Although this type of workout may seem like an easy cardio exercise, it does require consistency and some level of skill in order to protect the body and improve muscle strength. Below, therefore, we take a look at 5 running tips for beginners as follows:
1. Proper gear
While suiting up for a run is considered half the battle, having the proper running gear does not necessarily mean that you have to go out and buy a fancy workout outfit. For your initial few jogs, an over-worn band tee, sweats, and running shoes should do just fine, as long as you feel comfortable and are dressed appropriately for the weather. Also, do not forget your headphones together with an upbeat playlist to keep you entertained and motivated.
2. Realistic goals
While running a marathon may be a great long-term goal, it is not realistic at the outset. Having achievable goals is thus the best way of getting that feeling of encouragement and accomplishment needed to keep you running. For instance, at the beginning, you could aim to run consistently for 10 minutes. Once that starts to feel manageable, you could up it to 20; 30 minutes etc. and keep pushing your limits.
3. Talking about it
Talking to your spouse, friends, and children about your new running aspirations will, inevitably, force you to keep going. For example, if you pick up your children from school and they ask about your run, you would not want to admit it if you skipped that particular day. So go ahead and keep them in the loop and do not stop with them. After your first few days running, when you are feeling sore and heading for drinks with your friends, let them know what you have been up to. You may be pleasantly surprised to find out that some of them may want to join you on your runs and you can in turn motivate each other. Either way, talking about your new habit should leave you feeling great and encourage you to make it permanent.
4. Rewarding yourself
Needless to say, there is nothing more motivating than knowing that you can reward yourself with one of your favorite things after meeting your daily running goals. Whether it is binge watching your favorite TV show, having a massage, or a piece of chocolate, rewarding yourself is indeed the best way to get you running. Therefore, identify your guilty pleasure and motivate yourself to run before you can indulge.
5. Make time, however busy you may be
While this may be the hardest of all the foregoing tips, it is also the most important. Most of us tend to quit something simply because we fail to prioritize it. If you get up early, have breakfast, take the children to school, clean the house, work on your assignments etc., you may probably think that you deserve to have a rest- and with good reason. However, if you are really committed to taking up running, you may be forced to push relaxation down on your list of priorities and make time for it. Whether it is a quick jog before bed time or at lunch, try and fit it in even if all you can manage is 15 minutes.
By incorporating the above running tips, running should become easier and more enjoyable in your quest to get into shape. It does not take long to become an experienced runner- how quickly you learn and how much depends on your willingness to make it a part of your daily routine.