Most of us go to great lengths to lose a little bit of weight, or just to maintain. Gym memberships, diet plans, exercise programs are expensive and create a false the illusion that this is the only way to go. Trust me, I used to be in that boat, trying this after that. It took awhile, but I’m here to say that running really is the best way to go!
I’ve been a runner for several years now, usually running between 30-40 miles a week (50+ on good weeks). I don’t really do any other exercise than this, because I don’t really need to.
Trying to convince yourself to start running is a very difficult process to go through. Our bodies are a biological wonder, capable of more than one might think. Trying to run that one mile sounds like an impossible feat, but it’s a mental battle more than a physical one.
If you want to start running, congratulations, you’ve gotten over the first hump! If this doesn’t sound like a desirable form of exercise, realize that it is one of the best forms of activity out there. Here are three tips to help you ease into running!
1. Start Small
You have to treat running like you would anything else, and you have to be realistic with the approach. When people think of running, they immediately imagine the scene in Forest Gump where Tom Hanks runs across the country against the backdrop of mountains and lakes. It can be like that if you want, but your very first run probably shouldn’t go past one mile; perhaps even less.
Your body has adjust to the raised level of activity, and the best thing to do is to ease into it all. Construct a weekly plan that include runs which increase in distance each time. When I started, it was 1 mile, then 1.5, 2, 2.5 and so forth. Once you get to a distance that you have already been at, that’s when you start feeling that you can go further. Make sure that you are running at a comfortable pace. Remember that this is for you, and it’s not a race.
2. Appropriate Shoes
This point probably does not have to be made, but make sure that you are going with the appropriate footwear. Some tend to think that they can get away with walking or basketball shoes during long distance runs, and that can’t happen. Go with a shoe that gives enhanced support and ventilation. There is the minimalist shoe fad going on, but approach these with caution. Many runners injure themselves since they do not prepare for the run accordingly with minimalist footwear. You’re better going off with a highly-supported shoe.
You might be familiar with the Couch to 5K (C25K) program that a lot of people use. While I never took part in this, I do like the idea that it supports periods of walking during the run. I found that during my running process, it was best to keep the walking in mind, but to a minimum.
Being able to last longer distances requires running straight through. If you feel short of breath or nauseous, it is best to take a break or to stop all together.
It’s about building yourself up. Before you know it, marathons might be in the horizon. Years ago, I would have never imaged running a marathon, but now I am happy to say that I have run two. Running was certainly one of the best decisions I could have made for my body. You look great and you feel more energetic throughout the day. Go at your own pace, and its enjoy the benefits!
Sophia Lirendo is a blogger in health and tech, and is obviously a big runner. She also promotes entertainment for Aspire Direct. Leave your comments below with your thoughts on running and your experiences.