So, you want to start running. That’s great! Running is an excellent and affordable workout and it has plenty of benefits from helping you to lose weight, to become fitter, to be stronger and healthier.
Generally, people who run also have more confidence and focus in their professional and personal lives, so there is no reason for you not to start running. If you are completely new to running, here are our five top running tips for beginners:
Get proper running shoes
Do not use casual shoes for running because they do not have the proper cushioning to protect you from the pounding on pavements during your runs. You do not have to buy expensive running shoes because there are cheap running shoe out there which cost less than $100 but have high quality. A lot of new runners who run using casual shoes experience shin splints and knee pain so make sure you avoid this mistake by wearing proper running shoes from the beginning.
Set a training schedule
For beginners, we suggest you to run for at least 30 minutes once every two days. This will allow your body to recover during your rest day. Pick out the best times that fit your lifestyle. If you are a morning person, then wake up early and run during the morning or if you need to go to work in the morning, then pick some time in the evening for your runs.
Stick with your schedule
Most beginners will find it difficult at first to stick with their training schedule. They will feel out of breath and exhausted. But the more you run, the more improvement you will feel with each passing week. We always suggest beginners to begin with a run-walk pattern during their first days of training. For example, beginners can begin with four minutes of running, followed by two minutes of walking and then replay the same pattern over and over again until they reach 30 minutes. Gradually, you can cut down the walking period until you are able to run all the way within 30 minutes.
Log your miles
Logging your miles is very important. This will allow you to track your progress. Without recording your progress, you will eventually lose your motivation. Today’s technology offer a multitude of platforms that you can use to log your miles. Various different running apps today can assist you in measuring your distance, pace and the number of calories you burn during your workout. When you have reached your first goal, say you are able to run 1 kilometer (0,6 miles) under five minutes, then you can set out a new goal to continuously improve yourself as a runner.
Participate in a running club
Joining a running club is a great way to keep you motivated. You will be able to make friends with like minded individuals and if you can only run at night, these people are great companions that you can have to keep your runs in the dark safe.
“What seems hard now will one day be your warm-up”